No. 11 Men's Crew To Do Battle With No. 7 Wisconsin And Michigan

April 11, 2001


SCHEDULE: The No. 11 Oregon State men's crew heads to Madison, Wisc., for a varsity eight race with No. 7 Wisconsin and Michigan on Lake Mendota. The Beavers rowed against the Badgers twice last weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic, and finished about a half a boat length behind each time.

LAST YEAR: The varsity eight finished in 6:15.9 on a snowy day on Lake Mendota, but Wisconsin took the win in 5:59.7 and Michigan earned second in 6:08.4.

LAST ACTION: The varsity eight rowed in the Grand Final of the San Diego Crew Classic, finishing sixth with a time of 6:19.3. All three boats qualified for their respective Grand Finals, which was the first time that has happened in the history of the OSU program. The JV was fifth in 6:29, and the freshmen were third in 6:34.

OSU IN THE RANKINGS: The Beavers are 11th in the April 11 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Poll with 150 votes. Here's a look at the rest of the rankings:

Team (1st-Place Votes) 	        Points 	Previous Rank1. California (12)	        296	12. Brown University (2) 	284	23. University of Washington	256	44. Princeton University (1)	255	35. Harvard University   	231	66. University of Pennsylvania	223	87. University of Wisconsin	214	58. Northeastern University	209	79. Yale University      	171	1010. Dartmouth College   	155	911. Oregon State University	150	1612. Cornell University  	126	1113. Temple University   	123	1214. Syracuse University 	88	1415. United States Naval Academy	75	1516t. Dowling College    	63	1316t. Columbia University	63	1818. Georgetown University	58	NR19. Boston University   	33	1720. Rutgers University  	25	19

Others receiving votes: University of Michigan 17, Stanford University 9, Marist College 8, University of California at Davis 7, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 6, Trinity College 3, and University of Virginia 2.

OSU COACH DAVE REISCHMAN ON THE WISCONSIN RACE: 'We raced Wisconsin twice down in San Diego, so we'll get our fill of Wisconsin by the end of the week. They have a great program, and they have the talent to get faster over the season, so we'll have to match that.

'Michigan is typically a pretty strong program. They have lots of kids involved in their program. Believe it or not I guess there's nothing better to do in Michigan than rowing. They have a good, solid program. They're not ranked currently, but they're in the `receiving votes' section of it (17 votes, which is one spot out of the top 20). They should be good.

'Last week there were 15 inches of ice in Wisconsin, so we're looking forward to that... They do have an alternate race course that's 30 miles south that's ice-free, but you never know what you're going to get in Wisconsin. Last year, we showed up and it was 67 degrees the day we flew in, then six inches of snow by the next morning. During our race the windchill was eight degrees, so you've got to be ready for a little of everything.

'The forecast says 50s to 60s, but who knows. It's crazy.

REISCHMAN ON THE TEAM'S HEALTH: 'People are still rowing anyway (with nagging injuries), we've got a couple of guys that are just rowing with some pain, and they're going to have to continue to do that. They're not doing any long-term damage, it's just a question of what they can put up with.

'Looking at the race, we've raced them twice in San Diego and they got out on us in the first 300 to 500 meters by almost a full length and by the end of the race we were able to pull it back to a half a length or so. So we know that our base speed matches theirs. We're going to do a little bit of work on starts to try and change that situation and see if we can get up and put pressure on them a little more.'

TOP TIMES: V8 - 5:52.6 (SD CLASSIC), JV8 - 6:18.0 (UW), NOVICE 8 - 6:17.0 (SD CLASSIC), V4 - 7:20.0 (UW)

CURRENT VARSITY EIGHT LINEUP: (Bow to coxswain) B- Adam Hughes, Eric Dresser, Sam Bobek, Ryan Dillon, Josh Inman, Joey Hansen, Brian Sinkbeil, Andrew Jackson, Emmy Gardner.

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.

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