Women's Crew Hosts Washington State

April 26, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

SCHEDULE: Oregon State's women's crew host the Washington State Cougars this Saturday for a dual meet at Vancouver Lake in Washington. Racing starts at 10 a.m. The Beavers will take their entire crew, and will field three varsity eights, two novice eights, a varsity four and a novice four.

HEAD COACH CHARLIE OWEN ON THE TEAM: 'I'd say things are coming together at about the right time. Over the last few weeks we've made quite a bit of improvement in all the boats, but this weekend will be the real test. Washington State has shown that they are very fast.

'Our team is now coming together, and if I were to attribute that to anything, it would be to the fact that we've got a relatively young team and they've just needed some time to get acclimated to collegiate racing. The racing at this level is pretty intense, and it takes a while to get accustomed to it. At the varsity level, it's pretty intense, and people are adapting and doing a good job.'

OWEN ON THE VANCOUVER COURSE: 'I like the Vancouver course, but if the wind is blowing, it can be tough. We've had several times in the last few years when we've had to put in an alternate course on the other side of the lake because of prevailing winds, which happened last year.

'Hopefully, this weekend we'll row on the buoyed section of the course, and if we do that, it's great. It's a great course for spectators to watch. It's a nice course.'

TOP TIMES: V8 - 6:40.6 (Stanford), 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: OSU raced Washington State and Victoria on the Snake River to start the season last year. All three varsity eight boats finished within 2.3 seconds of each other, as no crew could forge an open-water lead. WSU won in 6:43.50, followed by Victoria's 6:43.86 and OSU's 6:45.80.

OSU's second varsity finished in 6:46.32, just behind WSU's 6:44.07.

LAST ACTION: The Beavers took two of three varsity eight races last weekend at Redwood Shores, as OSU downed Stanford in 6:40.6 to win by nearly 12 seconds and edged San Diego State 7:43.2-7:45.4. OSU fell to California by 16 seconds in 7:09.6.

OSU won seven of eight races from Stanford and San Diego State, and took three of five from Cal.

BOUSKA, ROOS NOMINATED: Cassie Bouska and Abby Roos are in the running for Verizon Academic All-America honors, as both were nominated this spring.

Bouska, who carries a 4.0 GPA as a graduate student in wildlife science, is a two-time national scholar athlete, as well as having earned first-team All-Pac-10 in 2000. The Myrtle Point native earned GTE Academic All-America District VIII Second Team honors last year. Bouska is a three-year veteran of the varsity eight.

Roos, also a three-year letterwinner, was a CRCA All-West Region First Team member in 2000, as well as a national scholar athlete. The senior liberal studies major from Newberg carries a 3.74 GPA and was a First-Team All-Pac-10 selection after last season.

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-underNation'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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