Steven Fifth In 100 Breaststroke At Trials

June 8, 2004

BERLIN, Germany - Oregon State swimmer Birte Steven placed fifth in the women's 100-meter breaststroke at the German Olympic Trials on Tuesday, missing out on a place in the 2004 Summer Olympics in that event. Steven, a senior at OSU, had earlier earned an Olympic berth by winning the 200 breaststroke.

In the 100 breaststroke, Steven posted a time of 1 minute, 9.29 seconds in the finals to place fifth. She had also had the fifth-fastest time in the preliminaries at 1:09.85.

Steven is the second current or former Beaver athlete to gain a place in the 2004 Olympics, which will be held Aug. 13-29 in Athens, Greece. Oscar Wood, who wrestled for Oregon State from 1996-99, will be part of the United States team in Greco-Roman wrestling.

An athlete from OSU has participated in every Summer Olympics from 1964 to present and in all but one Summer Olympics from 1948 to present.

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