Women's Crew Races Stanford, SDSU, And California This Weekend

April 18, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

SCHEDULE: The Oregon State women's crew takes on familiar foes this Saturday and Sunday, as the Beavers face Stanford Saturday morning, San Diego State later that afternoon, and then battle California on Sunday. OSU saw all three opponents at the San Diego Crew Classic two weeks ago. OSU is bringing a varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four, and a novice eight for the weekend.

HEAD COACH CHARLIE OWEN ON THE WEEKEND: 'It's going to be three big races for us this weekend. We raced all three crews in San Diego (at the Crew Classic). San Diego State just barely beat us, Stanford was out a fair amount and California beat us by a fair amount, so we'll be looking to improve over what we did in San Diego.

'We've made some improvements in speed since then, but what it's going to come down to is how well we go out and race our race. We've been up and down so far this spring, so we've really been working on trying to be more consistent during practice, so hopefully that will pay off on race day.

'A large part of what we've been working on is trying to race our race and focus on what we need to do. At the same time we still have to try to race aggressively, so we've been working on that as well.'

OWEN ON THE REDWOOD SHORES COURSE: 'Redwood Shores is a great course for dual races like this. It's basically just a channel located in a water park development. You could fit three crews across, but there's a bridge just after the 1,000-meter mark, which makes it tough for three crews to go through there.'

'The first 1,200 meters are protected, and after that it opens up a little bit. Even when it gets windy, the conditions are good. We've seen rough conditions there at times, but it's an ideal place for spectators to watch, and it's a great place for dual races.'

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.

LAST YEAR: The Beavers swept Stanford at Lake Vancouver last season, as none of the OSU boats won by less than 13 seconds.

The varsity eight lost by seven seconds to Cal last year, as did the second varsity. OSU won the varsity four and the novice eight races however.

LAST ACTION: The varsity eight finished fourth in the Petite Final at the San Diego Crew Classic on April 8 after finishing sixth in their heat race the previous day. The second varsity finished sixth in their Grand Final, and the novice eight won their Petite Final.

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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