Women's Crew Takes On Some Of Nation's Best At San Diego Crew Classic

April 4, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

SCHEDULE: The Beavers head to San Diego for the San Diego Crew Classic April 7-8. OSU will race a varsity eight, second varsity eight, and a novice eight. The 14 crews will have heat races on Saturday, and the top three boats in each heat will qualify for the Grand Final on Sunday. A seventh boat will be picked from the two fourth-place heat finishers based on faster time.

OSU will also send another varsity eight and novice eight, which will also be split into two varsity fours and a freshman four, to the Husky Invitational in Seattle on Saturday.

HEAD COACH CHARLIE OWEN ON THE TEAM: 'We've been working on things quite a bit this week, though we've only had two days of practice so far since we raced Washington, so we haven't had a lot of practice time since the race, but we've been working on a few things. It's too early to see, but I think the boat is responding pretty well.

'The key thing this weekend will be to go out and race our own race. We'll be looking to take care of some things that we need to do in the race in order to be doing well at the end of the season. So we'll want to get off the line with everyone else, but then also to make sure we're rowing comfortably and efficiently through the body of the race. We'll see if we can do a better job there. We'll pay more attention to our own crew and see how things wash out at the finish.'

OWEN ON THE MISSION BAY COURSE: 'It's a neat place to watch the races, but in terms of rowing, I would not rate it very well. The reason is because it's affected by the tides, and often there's a wind. Nine years out of ten, the prevailing wind is a headwind, and it's not a very difficult wind, but lanes one and two get to a spot with 300 meters to go where they are protected by a knoll, and the rest of the lanes aren't. So if you're racing out in lane six compared to lane one, it's two different races. The conditions can be very different, so that makes it difficult. The tides affect it some, depending on which way it's going.

'It's one of those races where it's a great place to go and see a lot of crews, but it also leaves you with a few question marks as far as `Were we really that far off this other crew?' It makes comparisons kind of tough.

'It's a great race to go out there and race against everyone, it's very good in that regard, but I don't see the Pac-10 holding the Conference Championships there because of the reasons I talked about.'

OWEN ON THE COMPETITION: 'All the Pac-10 schools we compete against will be racing there. Plus, there will be programs from around the country racing there that are pretty good. Some of the faster crews that are usually there won't be there this year because it's a little later in the season this year. From the Pac-10, Washington, USC and Cal are three good programs. Washington and USC could be battling it out for the national championship this year. Virginia will be there, and they've been very good, Cal is in a year like we are, where they lost a lot of people from last year's squad, but they're still potentially very fast. Just with Washington, USC, Cal, and Virginia, that's four top programs, and we still have Washington State and Stanford from the Pac-10.

'There are a lot of schools coming that we really don't know that much about, but I know Texas has been doing a lot of racing already, Notre Dame has shown some speed. There are 14 teams there this weekend, and we're just feeling each other out right now.

'We race a heat race, and the top three crews from each heat race advance to the grand final, so we need to race well in the heat race, and we'll worry about the final after the heat race.'

TOP TIMES: V8 - 6:44.09 (Victoria), 2V8 - 6:47.05 (Victoria), 3V8 - 6:59.85 (Victoria), N8 - 7:14.72 (Victoria), 2N8 - 7:39.81 (Victoria), V4 - 8:39.6.

LINEUPS: (Bow to Cox) V8 - Karen Hopfer, Leah Schauermann, Kim Texeira, Lyndsay Wrightson, Abigail Roos, Joy Jordan, Erica Greer, Cassie Bouska, Jennelle Johnson (Cox).

2V8 - Katie Beachwood, Erin Raney, Donnae Dunsmore, Casey English, Megan Oest, Melissa Flint, Kimberly Hughes, Angela Smith, Laurie Williams (Cox).

N8 - Catherine Clark, Kaitlyn Kernek, Tracy Colton, Julia White-Hoppe, Malia Johnson, Angela Pfiefer, Katie Sciarrino, Laura Mills, Amber Pence.

OSU IN THE RANKINGS: The Beavers were ranked 20th in the April 4 US Rowing/CRCA poll, with 51 points.

Women's NCAA Division I Varsity EightsTeam (1st-Place Votes)	Points1. Brown University (19)	4752. University of Washington (5)	4463. Princeton University	        4214. University of Michigan	3815. Harvard University   	3286. Syracuse University  	3167t. California          	3137t. The Ohio State University	3139. Southern California    	29810. Yale University     	28311. Boston University   	27212. University of Virginia	22813. Rutgers University	        14314. University of Notre Dame	12115. University of Iowa  	11816. Michigan State University	11717. University of Wisconsin	8818. University of Texas 	5519. Cornell University  	5420. Oregon State University	51

Others receiving votes: University of Pennsylvania 50, Northeastern University 30, Stanford University 30, Washington State University 29, Dartmouth College 25, Clemson University 23, University of Tulsa 12, University of Massachusetts 7, San Diego State University 6, Columbia University 4, and University of Miami 3.

LAST YEAR: The varsity eight won the Petite Final (places 7-12) with a time of 6:52.3, while the second eight blew past USC in the final few hundred meters to edge the Trojans for fourth in 6:56.6 in the Grand Final (places 1-6). The novice eight won the Petite Final in 7:09.6.

LAST ACTION: The varsity eight lost a race to Washington in extremely rough conditions on Montlake Cut in Seattle. The V8 rowed a time of 7:23.8, while UW finished in 6:56.9. The second varsity was only 11 second off of UW in its race

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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