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Oregon Rebounds For Win Against Utes, 153-126

Nov 8, 2000

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The Oregon State women's swim team overcame a tough opponent and battled high altitude as it evened its dual meet record at 2-2 with a 153-126 win over Utah on Saturday in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Beavers lost Utah on Friday by a score of 120-101.

The Beavers captured eight of the 14 races on the day, and had two double winners. Freshman Birte Steven claimed the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200 breaststroke, while sophomore Paula Finlay took the 200 backstroke and 200 individual medley.

"We swam much better today," OSU head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. "We came out and swam aggressively and controlled the races; yesterday we were too conservative.

"This was our second day in a row, so it was tough physically, but we rebounded well and swam our races rather than letting Utah take over."

Steven won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.73 and the 200 breaststroke in 2:23.84. Finlay won the 200 backstroke in 2:10.86 and claimed the 200 IM with a time of 2:11.20. Steven has won nine races for OSU this year.

Also earning nine points for the Beavers with its win was the 200 medley relay team of Suzanne Starkey, Bonnie Renwick, Birte Steven, and Arianna Higuera, which finished in 1:48.97.

The other three Beavers to win Saturday were Jill McMinn in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:56.55, Naya Higashijima in the 200 freestyle in 1:56.11, and Suzanne Starkey with a time of 1:00.50 in the 100 backstroke.

Higashijima now has seven wins on the year, while Finlay and McMinn earned their first victories of the year. Starkey has two wins.

"We were solid across the board," Podkoscielny said. "It was a team effort today; they really came together after a tough loss yesterday and swam to their potential."

The Beavers host Nevada on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in Stevens Natatorium in a non-conference meet.