No. 12 Men's Crew Set For Pac-10s

May 9, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

SCHEDULE: The 12th-ranked Oregon State men's crew heads to Sacramento for the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships on Sunday, May 13. The teams will race varsity, junior varsity, and novice eights as well as varsity fours. Among the competition will be No. 1 California and No. 5 Washington.

LAKE NATOMA: The crews will race on the 2,000-meter Lake Natoma Course, which is generally regarded as one of the finest courses on the West Coast. Temperatures have been upwards of 100 degrees in the Sacramento area in recent days, but the forecast calls for 85 degrees on Sunday with partially cloudy skies.

LAST YEAR AT PAC-10S: OSU's varsity eight placed third, finishing 13 seconds off first-place Cal and six seconds back of Washington with a time of 5:46.3. OSU beat out Stanford, San Diego and Western Washington.

The JVs took third as well, as did the freshmen, while the varsity four took fifth.

LAST ACTION: The JV finished second in the Cascade Cup on Seattle's Montlake Cut on Saturday, May 5. The Beavers' time of 5:51.57 put them just over nine seconds off Washington, which was a nine second improvement over the last time they faced the Huskies in San Diego.

The varsity four placed third in 7:00.95, and the freshmen took second with a time of 6:11.43.

The varsity eight took on No. 1 California on April 22, losing by 14 seconds in the varsity eight race in 6:07. The JV eight's time of 6:25 put them 23 seconds behind Cal, and the freshmen finished 14 seconds after Cal in 6:26.

OSU swept Stanford in varsity, junior varsity and novice eight competition on April 21.

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)

LINEUP: (bow to coxswain) V8 - Adam Hughes, Erik Dresser, Sam Bobek, Ryan Dillon, Josh Inman, Joey Hansen, Brian Sinkbeil, Andrew Jackson, Emmy Gardner.

THE NATIONAL SCENE: For the second year in a row, senior Joey Hansen has been invited to the United States National Team Camp this summer. Last year, Hansen recorded the fastest ergometer time in the country over 6,000 meters.

OSU COACH DAVE REISCHMAN ON THE PAC-10S: 'It's tough competition, but that's what we're here for. We've made some improvements over the last few weeks, having had two weekends off has been fruitful. We're excited to see how we match up and see if we can put those changes to good use on the racecourse. We've certainly come a long way since we raced Washington at the beginning of the year, and Washington has too. It'll be interesting to see what goes on.

'We're definitely looking at Washington and Cal (as measuring sticks). Last time we raced Cal, we were 14 seconds off, and we didn't feel like that was a very good place to be. We'd like to get that margin under 10 second heading into nationals. Cal may be five seconds faster than anybody in the country, and if we're inside of 10 that puts in the league with some people where we want to be.

'It's tough to tell what kind of year Washington is having, but we know that if we're going to show improvements and get ready we've got to be closer to those two crews.

'Our JV crew thought they had a better race last weekend in Seattle, so they're looking to build on that. They were still nine seconds off Washington, but the last time they raced, they were 18 seconds off. So they're getting closer, but not close enough yet. Hopefully, we'll continue that trend of cutting the margins in half.

'We've got some guys that are doing some great jobs rowing with injuries, and it's been that way all year long. Sam Bobek - I don't know how he makes it through a practice. It's beyond me. The kid's in a lot of pain, but it's his senior year and he doesn't want to be cut out of the boat.

'It's been the kind of year where we make an assessment, and if we're not doing any damage to anybody, it comes down to how much you can suffer, and we're pretty good at the `suffer'.

'It depends on the guy, but at this point in the season, it affects all of our boats if we shuffle the lineups.'

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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