Men's Crew Takes On Washington To Start Season
March 29, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore. - -
SCHEDULE: The Oregon State men's crew heads to Seattle, along with the OSU women's crew, to take on the University of Washington on Saturday, March 31. OSU will bring a varsity eight, JV eight, freshman eight, and a varsity four. Racing begins at 8:45 a.m.
LAST YEAR: The Beavers rowed tough against the Huskies, who are a perennial national powerhouse. OSU's varsity eight lost with a time of 6:09.83, while Washington cruised home in 6:02.43.
OSU COACH DAVE REISCHMAN ON WHERE THE TEAM STANDS: 'We've got all of our injured people back but one for this race. First races are always interesting, I assume it's like this in every sport in that sometimes you need to get into competition to really find out what you have and what your deficiencies are and what you need to work on. I've had it go both ways - I've had the situation where the guys are rowing great in practice, you're excited to race and then you get out on the racecourse and you're banging your head saying `how could I have missed that?'
'I've had teams look horrible in practice and then get to the racecourse and the first race will be better than you thought it would be.
'I think we're going well for where we're at in our training program. I know that come Pac-10s we'll be a lot faster and we're looking forward to that. The varsity in particular has a nice rhythm to it now and I think those guys are doing an exceptional job.
'Washington is perennially one of the top three teams in the country, and we're not at that level. If they maybe underestimate us a little bit, who knows? Washington is a tough crew, and it's a good crew to get us ready for the San Diego Crew Classic next weekend. We'll find out where we are and what we need to put right in the weeks to come.'
REISCHMAN ON THE MONTLAKE CUT: 'It's a tricky racecourse, and from a spectator's standpoint, it's probably the best viewing course in the country. You can't ask for a better setting - it starts out in Lake Washington and goes through the Montlake Cut and ends up in Portage Bay, so it's wonderful viewing for spectators.
'You get some tricky winds on that course. You've got to be very clever about how you handle the wind conditions and you have to be clever about how you steer because it's not a buoyed course. If you're not careful, you can get yourself in trouble as a coxswain.'
COACHING STAFF: Dave Reischman is in his seventh season as head coach of the men's crew program at Oregon State.
In his first six years at Oregon State, the Beaver men have finished third in the Pac-10 Championships and have been invited to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in Camden, New Jersey every year. The Beavers have finished in the top 10 three times, and the program has continually improved its talent and depth under Reischman.
Reischman came to Oregon State University from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., where he spent five years as the Director of Rowing and Head Men's Crew Coach. During his tenure at Gonzaga, Reischman guided the program into varsity sport status and had two varsity crews make the Grand Finals at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships. His 1991 varsity squad finished fourth and qualified for the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in Syracuse, New York.
In the summers of `93 and `94, Reischman was a coach for the United States National Sculling Team. In '93 he was in charge of the Men's Single Sculler that competed at the World Championships in the Czech Republic. In `94 he was an assistant coach for both the men's and women's squads that competed at the World Championships in Indianapolis.
A native of Silvana, Wash., Reischman attended Arlington High School and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Gonzaga in 1987 with a degree in computer science. Upon graduation he served a one-year coaching internship at Harvard University under legendary Crimson coach Harry Parker. Just prior to his position at Gonzaga, Reischman was the freshmen coach at the Florida Institute of Technology. His crews at Florida Institute finished second and third at the Dad Vail National Championship Regatta.
Kjell Oswald is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Oregon State men's crew program.
Oswald joins the Beaver staff after serving as a coaching intern for Princeton University last season. While at Princeton, Oswald was involved with both the varsity and freshmen programs.
'It's great to be at Oregon State,' Oswald said. 'There is a lot of potential for the program, since last year's freshmen finished fourth at the IRAs. (Former men's assistant Matt) Imes did an incredible job with that group.'
Prior to his internship at Princeton, Oswald coached the Lakeside High School (Seattle, Wash.) women's varsity crew to a fourth-place finish nationally in 1999. Oswald guided Lakeside from fourth in the Northwest Region when he took the helm in 1995 to first in 1999.
Oswald rowed collegiately at perennial powerhouse Washington from 1993-94, but his career was cut short by a back injury midway through his sophomore year. He began coaching the following season.
Oswald also spent time interning with the U.S. National Team, and he brings a wealth of recruiting savvy to the program in addition to his coaching ability.
He graduated from Washington with a bachelor's degree in history with an emphasis in the history of science.