PROVO, Utah, Jan. 11. IN their first meet in more than four weeks, the BYU women's swim team fell to Oregon State University from the Pac-10 on Saturday by a score of 131-106.
The Beavers' roster boasted two athletes who have already qualified for the NCAA Championships in Naya Higashijima, and Birte Steven. Despite the stiff competition, the Cougars swam evenly with the Beavers for most of the meet.
"I thought we had a chance to win," said women's head coach Stan Crump. "We were a little slow in spots and we were fast in other spots."
The Cougars started out the meet by taking the second and third place spots in the 200-medley relay. BYU failed to place in the 1000 free, but followed that up by claiming the second and third-place finishes in the 200 free.
In her first meet this season, senior All-American Cortnee Adams took the 50 and 100 free events with times of 23.81 and 52.03 respectively. Adams' times bested the competition by more than a full second in each event.
Due to sickness that seems to be circulating the team, the Cougars were forced to make changes in the line-up that took some swimmers out of their strongest events.
"We had no true 200 free swimmers which caused us to make some changes that ended up hurting us in the 200 fly," said Crump.
Crump and the rest of the Cougars are optimistic about the remaining meets and feel confident that the team will be ready for the conference championships in February.
The Cougars' next opponent is Colorado State next week in Ft. Collins.
"The girls raced well today," said Crump. "CSU is a big meet."
The meet gets underway at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17.