Women's Crew Takes To The Water For The Spring Season

March 7, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

SCHEDULE: The Beavers head to Victoria, British Columbia to take on the University of Victoria on Sunday, March 11 for a 9 a.m. race. OSU will race three varsity eights and two novice eights on the waters of Elk Lake. The teams will also hold a combined workout Saturday, followed by a 1,000-meter race.

BEAVERS IN THE RANKINGS: OSU finished 15th last year, as they placed 15th at the NCAA Championships.

HEAD COACH CHARLIE OWEN ON THE TEAM: 'We're progressing pretty well. This race is early, so we're not as prepared as we would be in say three or four weeks when we race Washington or in San Diego, but things are coming together pretty well. This is going to be a good opportunity to go out and race and get a feel for it and still have some time to work on some things before we really get into the heat of our racing season in a few weeks.

'We get to race a boat that's one of the fastest boats out there, so we get tested against a fast crew, and we get good race experience. It's a win-win situation for us. The thing is it's a little early, so our stroke rates that we're going to row this weekend will be a little lower than what we'll do in a few weeks.'

THE COURSE: The Elk Lake course is a standard 2,000 meters, situated near the National Team training center.

OWEN ON THE COURSE: 'At Victoria, we'll row on Elk Lake. It's a very nice lake to row on - it's where the National Team center is for the winter, so they're there training this time of year. On Sunday we're going to race on a course that finishes near their boathouse.

'On Saturday, we're going to do a 1,000-meter course. We're going to do a mixed workout with Victoria for a little bit, then do a 1,000-meter race. That'll be a little tune-up for Sunday.'

OWEN ON THE UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA: 'Victoria should be very fast. They're normally one of the fastest boats in North America. Last summer they raced at Henley and came in second to Washington by a hair in the Grand Final. This year they should be faster. They've got a couple kids back from that boat, and another one that should be making the boat pretty fast. They'll be just as fast, or faster, than any of the crews we'll see this spring.'

LINEUPS FOR VICTORIA: (B- Bow, S- Stroke, C- Coxswain) First Varsity Eight (from bow to cox): Kimberley Texeira, Leah Schauermann, Erica Greer, Joy Jordan, Melissa Flint, Lyndsay Wrightson, Abby Roos, Cassie Bouska, Jennelle Johnson.

Second V8: Katie Beachwood, Erin Raney, Donnae Dunsmore, Casey English, Megan Oest, Karen Hopfer, Kimberly Hughes, Angela Smith, Lynn Simmons.

Third V8: Michelle Fuentes, Julie Ballou, Molly MacMillan, Christian Greene, Karen Devries, Lauren Sommers, Irene Ridgway, Bethany Heppner, Laurie Williams.

First N8: Kate Clark, Kaitlyn Kernak, Tracy Colton, Julia White-Hoppe, Malia Johnson, Angela Pfiefer, Katie Sciarrino, Laura Mills, Amber Pence.

Second N8: Crystal Pender, Jen Hines, Karen Christiansen, Genevieve Shumate, Maura Ryan, Kathy Freeborn, Roz Young, Trish House, Michelle Harsono.

COACHING STAFF: Charlie Owen, in his 10th year at Oregon State University, first arrived at OSU in the fall of 1986 as a student-athlete. He has been involved with the program ever since.

Owen rowed in the varsity lightweight men's eight and heavyweight men's eight, before an injury cut his career short. He did however enjoy a successful sculling career with an eventual position on the 1991 Pan American Team.

Owen's coaching career began in the fall of 1991 as the novice women's mentor. He coached the novice team for two years, with his teams placing second on the West Coast each season and all crews earning medals. At the same time he coached a team at the Olympic Sports Festival.

Owen assumed the reigns of head women's coach in 1993, and the team has improved every year. His 1997 varsity team has been the highlight of his coaching tenure, placing second at the Pac-10 Championships and earning an entry into the inaugural NCAA Championships. The women's crew placed seventh overall at the NCAAs. The 1998 team also had a banner year, with a third-place showing at the conference meet.

Owen started rowing at Salisbury School in 1984 and while there competed at the West German Junior National Championships. Owen also competed in England at the Henley Royal Regatta.

Owen is a 1992 graduate of Oregon State with a bachelor's degree in housing studies.

Jane LaRiviere is in her seventh season as the Women's Freshman and Novice Coach at Oregon State University.

LaRiviere has guided the program to some of its most successful seasons in school history, and has made it one of the most competitive on the West Coast. One of the highlights of LaRiviere's coaching career was guiding the 1999 Novice team to a second-place finish in the Women's Varsity four at the Pacific-10 Championships.

As a student at the University of Calgary, LaRiviere rowed for the Calgary Rowing Club. In 1985 her team won the Intermediate Four With at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. LaRiviere began coaching rowing in 1989 while attending the University of Oregon. She went on to coach in Canada at the University of Western Ontario and the London Rowing Club. While in London, Ontario, she assisted with the Women's National Team development camps. During the summer of 1999 LaRiviere volunteered at the Canadian National Team's Pre-World Championship camp.

LaRiviere is a U.S. Rowing Level III certified coach and a Level III certified rowing coach in Canada.

LaRiviere received her bachelor's degree in 1986, her master's degree in 1990, and is presently completing her Ph.D in biomechanics at Oregon State University.

Matt Imes is in his fourth year at Oregon State University after joining the program in July of 1997.

Imes came to Corvallis from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., where he served as the Freshman men's coach for three years. He guided his team to a pair of fifth-place finishes at the Pac-10 Championships, and a fourth-place finish at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in the Freshman Four.

The Wisconsin native led the Oregon State Men's Novice Eight to three consecutive third-place finishes from 1998-2000 at the Pac-10 Championships, with the 2000 Novice Eight taking fourth at the IRA National Championships.

Imes' coaching experience also includes assisting with the 1998 Men's 23-and-under Nation's Cup Pre-Elite camp in 1998. He served as an assistant coach for the 1999 Pan American Games, and in 2000 was an assistant for the U.S. national team. Imes also helped coach the Men's four to a silver medal at the World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.

Imes, who also served two years as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin, is a U.S. Rowing Level III certified coach.

The University of Wisconsin graduate earned a degree in history in 1994.

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