Men's Crew Places Three Boats in the Top-10 at the National Championships

June 2, 2001

Cherry Hill, N.J. - The No. 16 Oregon State University varsity eight men's crew team captured 10th place at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships at the Cooper River. The race was held over a 2,000-meter course.

The 10th-place showing is three positions better than last year's crew, and the third-best showing in the history of the program. The team raced a time of 5:46.0, three-tenths of second behind ninth-place Penn.

'The crew was disappointed they didn't finish a little higher, but they felt pretty good about their race,' head coach Dave Reischman said. 'The varsity eight had a much better performance than they had in the repechage Friday. Again, we would have liked to place higher in the standings, but at the same time this is as deep a field as many people have ever seen for this championship.'

The varsity eight team roster included four seniors making their last appearance for OSU, Adam Hughes (Eugene), Sam Bobek (Warrenton), Joey Hansen (Bakersfield, CA), and Andrew Jackson (Corvallis). The rest of the team included Bryan Reiman (Albany), Ryan Dillon (Waldport), Josh Inman (Hillsboro), Brian Sinkbeil (Unity), and coxswain Emmy Gardner (Springfield).

The second varsity eight placed ninth, posting a time of 5:56.22. The crew's roster was Steven Hyde (Sisters), Dan Hough (Corvallis), Erik Dresser (Portland), Andy Hutchinson (Boise, ID), Andy Dietrick (Juneau, AK), Mark Squire (Cove), Peter Bunce (Gladstone), Nick Scholz (Springfield), and coxswain Kara Pattison (Tualatin).

'Overall, I thought the second varsity did an outstanding job the whole regatta,' Reischman said. 'They kept their theme for the week, trailing early, and then charging the last half of the race. They did a nice job passing Dartmouth and Syracuse, and making a big run at Yale before falling about two feet short at the line. This boat deserves a lot of credit for dealing with all the injuries we had for the year, and still having a terrific run.'

The freshman eight wrapped up their season finishing eighth with a time of 5:59.73. The roster for the boat included Travis Holman (Salem), Vic Follen (Portland), James Schamber (Alsea), Seth Williamson (Elkton), Adam Wing (Union), Chris Callaghan (Wilsonville), Jordan Trimmer (Corvallis), Tom Rich (Salem), and coxswain LaDessa Riffle (LaPine).

'The freshmen were determined today, they were in fifth place for a time, before making a nice charge,' Reischman said. 'This is another crew that did a fantastic job all week, and I'm really pleased with their effort.'

Oregon State finished ninth out of 44 schools in the overall point standings.

'Finishing with three crews in the top-10 is a big step in the development of this program,' Reischman added. 'The big indication things are improving is in the performances of our younger crews. Three or four years ago we weren't good enough to even race here or we finished in the bottom third, now our younger crews are among the top-10, and that speaks for the higher level of athletes we have entering the program. The coaching staff is looking forward to working with these athletes over the next few seasons and see how things develop.'

Men's Varsity Eight

Petite Final (7-12) - Dartmouth, 5:40.6, Wisconsin, 5:43.4, Penn, 5:45.7, Oregon State, 5:46.0, Dowling, 5:52.1, Stanford, 5:54.0

Men's Second Varsity Eight

Petite Final (7-12) - Northeastern, 5:53.3, Yale, 5:56.04, Oregon State, 5:56.22, Dartmouth, 5:59.14, Syracuse, 5:59.82, Boston U., 6:10.66

Men's Freshman Eight

Petite Final (7-12) - Rutgers, 5:56.27, Oregon State, 5:59.73, Cornell, 6:02.49, Navy, 6:06.16, Marist, 6:08.83, Penn, 6:11.37

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