Men's Crew Returns to National Championships

May 29, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. -

SCHEDULE: The No. 16 Oregon State University men's crew team will compete in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships at Cherry Hill, New Jersey May 31-June 2. The 2000-meter races are being held on the Cooper River.

IRA HISTORY: This will be the seventh consecutive year Oregon State has competed in the IRAs under seventh-year head coach Dave Reischman. The varsity eight has placed in the top-10 three times, including an eighth-place finish in 1999.

REISCHMAN ON THE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 'California, Princeton, and Brown are clearly the favorites, but from fourth to 11th place it's wide open. Oregon State, Washington, Wisconsin, Penn, Dartmouth, Northeastern, Cornell, and Temple are all similar and will be competing for a top-5 finish. If you are even a little off your race rhythm you are going to packing your trailer and heading home -- but that's what this is all about, racing side-by-side for 2000 meters and making sure every stroke counts. As for Oregon State, we have had two weeks of very good practice, and we have done our best racing under pressure. We have to focus on our boat and not worry about what the other crews are doing or what crews are in our race. The whole race is very simple, get a clean, aggressive start and pick each crew off one at a time.'

THE BOATS: Head Coach Dave Reischman has announced the following lineup for this week's championships:

Varsity EightAdam Hughes, Sr., EugeneBryan Reiman, Jr., AlbanySam Bobek, Sr., WarrentonRyan Dillon, So., WaldportJosh Inman, Jr., HillsboroJoey Hansen, Sr., Bakersfield, CABrian Sinkbeil, So., UnityAndrew Jackson, Sr., CorvallisEmmy Gardner, Jr., Springfield (Coxswain)Junior Varsity EightSteven Hyde, So., SistersDan Hough, So., CorvallisErik Dresser, So., PortlandAndy Hutchinson, So., Boise, IDAndy Dietrick, Jr., Juneau, AKMark Squire, Jr., CovePeter Bunce, Jr., GladstoneNick Scholz, So., SpringfieldKara Pattison, So., Tualatin (Coxswain)

Freshman EightTravis Holman, Fr., SalemVic Follen, Fr., PortlandJames Schamber, Fr., AlseaSeth Williamson, Fr., ElktonAdam Wing, Fr., UnionChris Callaghan, WilsonvilleJordan Trimmer, Fr., CorvallisTom Rich, Fr., SalemLaDessa Riffle, Fr, LaPine (Coxswain)

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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