No. 11 Men's Crew Gets Biggest Challenge Yet At Redwood Shores This Weekend

April 18, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

SCHEDULE: The 11th-ranked Oregon State men's crew gets Stanford on Saturday and No. 1 California on Sunday at Redwood Shores, Calif. The Beavers will race a varsity eight, JV eight, and novice eight against each school.

LAST YEAR: The varsity eight handled Stanford last year at Lake Vancouver when they won by 10 seconds with a time of 5:55. The JV eight, varsity four, and novice eights all won their races as well. OSU did not race Cal head-to-head, but saw them at the Pac-10 Championships, where the Beavers finished in 5:46.3 and Cal won in 5:35.3.

LAST ACTION: The varsity eight raced No. 7 Wisconsin and Michigan on Lake Mendota, near Madison, Wisc., on April 14. OSU finished in 6:02, which beat Michigan's 6:07, but was a length short of Wisconsin's 5:59.

OSU VS. CAL THIS YEAR: The Beavers finished sixth in the Grand Final at the San Diego Crew Classic earlier this spring, and were 17 seconds off California's winning pace of 6:02.

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)

OSU COACH DAVE REISCHMAN ON THE WEEKEND: 'Stanford is going to be an interesting race. The last five years, we've gotten the better of them, but they have a new coach and a lot of new energy in their program. Their coach has a reputation for fast crews and particularly passionate crews that love to race. It's one of those scary races where you're going up against a crew with a new coach and you don't know what to expect. We saw them at San Diego, and they looked okay, but we haven't raced them head-to-head yet. We're looking forward to that.

'California... California is number-one in the country by about a mile and a half. They have nine Olympians in their program, they've got Olympians in their second boat. We're not of that speed - but I really like the attitude our guys are approaching the race with. It's a `what have we got to lose?' mentality. `How many chances do you get to race somebody of this caliber?' I think that's what racing at this level is all about.

'They're going to have fun with it. They're going to dig in and try and stay with them as long as we can and see what happens. It's sort of a fun race for us, believe it or not. And I don't mean fun in the sense that we're not taking it seriously. It's fun because it's an opportunity to race the best of the best, and no matter what sort of athlete you are, you've got to have a big `ol grin on your face anytime you get a chance to do that. We may lose, but we'll lose guns a' blazing.'

REISCHMAN ON THE TEAM'S ATTITUDE: 'This team's attitude is very much a strong point. It's sort of an all-encompassing attitude as it relates to practicing, and as it relates to racing. We lost to Wisconsin, and it was a crew that probably should have beaten us, and it would have been easy for the guys to accept that, but they were disappointed. They recognized that we made some improvements and have developed towards the end of the year, but they were disappointed. The first couple of practices this week reflected that in terms of a little extra glint in their eye. They don't care if these guys are supposed to beat them or not, they just don't like losing, but not in an unhealthy sort of way. They turn that disappointment into trying to raise their performance a level. They don't get down on each other and they keep the team going. They're all very much on the same page as far as what they're doing this year.

REISCHMAN ON REDWOOD SHORES: 'In some ways it's an excellent course, and depending on the weather, it can be a bear of a course. It runs through a housing development. After the first 1,100 meters there's a bridge, so there's great viewing. Any error in the coxswain's steering is magnified.

'The first 1,000 is always pretty raceable, no matter what wind comes up. As soon as you get out past 1,200 meters it opens up and you get some wind in there that can make it pretty nasty. Crews come cruising out from under that bridge and get hit by the wind and it sends you flying sometimes. It's usually not so bad in the mornings, which is when we race. The afternoon has a higher chance for wind. If you get good weather, there isn't a better course anywhere, and we get a lot of good weather down there.'

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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