Pac-10s Up Next For Women's Crew

May 9, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

SCHEDULE: Oregon State's women's crew takes on some of the nation's best this Sunday, May 5 when it travels to Sacramento for the Pacific-10 Championships. The teams will field varsity, junior varsity and novice eights, as well as varsity fours.

TOUGH ENOUGH: Oregon State faces four of the nation's top programs, as No. 4 USC, No. 5 Washington, No. 10 California and No. 20 Washington State will line up with OSU. The Beavers received three votes in the May 2 Collegiate Rowing Coaches poll, and Stanford collected nine votes to give the Pac-10 six crews among the top 26 in the nation.

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 upwareds of 100 degrees in the Sacramento area in recent days, but the forecast calls for 85 degrees on Sunday with partially cloudy skies.

HEAD COACH CHARLIE OWEN ON THE TEAM: 'We've made some improvements since Washington State. It's important that we look toward having consistent practices and trying to refine a few things. We've managed to do that and have had a few good rows since Washington State. We had a really solid week of practice last week and early into this week it's looking good.

'It'll be tough at Pac-10s - Cal is fast, and Washington and USC are faster than Cal. And then you have Stanford and Washington State, with whom we've had close races this season.

'We'll look to continue to make improvements and see what happens on race day. We're going to have to race well.

'I think each boat has shown a lot of improvement this year, and they look to be doing pretty well at this point. I'm pretty pleased regardless of how we place at Pac-10s. We've come a long way since the beginning of the season in the fall. We've got a young team which is fairly inexperienced compared to a lot of the crews we've faced.

'Hopefully we'll have four boats put together good heat races and have good finals at the Pac-10s.'

OWEN ON LAKE NATOMA: 'The course at Sacramento is definitely one of the nicest in the country. There's a reason why we've had two of the four NCAA Championships at this course. It's good for spectators and good for racing. The only thing that can make this course difficult is the temparature. It can get very hot and it gets very tough physically - you're out there on the water 45 minutes before the race and it really takes a lot out of you. We race twice in one day, and we're not exactly used to that. So that's the only drawback to Sacramento, but we all have to deal with it.

'It's a great location, great course, nice park, good viewing and it's fair, so it's a good place to row. Definitely the best on the West Coast.

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 AT THE PAC-10S: Oregon State took third in 6:39.8, behind Washington and Cal. OSU came from behind and overtook USC in a thrilling battle for third place to beat the Trojans by over three seconds. The JV finished fifth along with the varsity four, and the novice eight took second.

LAST ACTION: The Beavers' varsity eight fell to No. 20 Washington State in horrendous weather conditions on Lake Vancouver on April 28, as did the second varsity, but the varsity four and second novice eight won their races.

LINEUPS: (bow to coxswain) V8 - Karen Hopfer, Kimberly Hughes, Erica Greer, Lyndsay Wrightson, Abby Roos, Joy Jordan, Kim Texeira, Cassie Bouska, Jennelle Johnson2V8 - Leah Schauermann, Angela Smith, Donnae Dunsmore, Julia White-Hoppe, Megan Oest, Melissa Flint, Katie Beachwood, Casey English, Laurie Williams.V4 - Irene Ridgeway, Lauren Sommers, Karen Devries, Erin Raney, Lynn SimmonsN8 - Katie Sciarrino, Trish House, Kathy Freeborn, Katie Settelmeyer, Malia Johnson, Tracy Colton, Kaitlyn Kernak, Amber Pence.

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-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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