No. 16 Men's Crew Finishes Strong, Looks To Promising Future

June 11, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

OSU COACH DAVE REISCHMAN ON THE SEASON: 'It was an interesting year. It was a year in which both the coaches and the athletes learned a lot. The kids did a wonderful job of buying into the system. We made some changes from the previous year, and the kids responded and did a good job.

'The collegiate eights at nationals were packed together as tight as ever. The fourth-through-12th-place boats were especially tight. It was more a matter of whoever had the best race on that day.

'We were aiming for a top-six finish at IRAs. We got the wind and the draw we wanted in the heat races, but Cornell was just about a length faster that day, so we went to the Petite Final. We rowed a good Petite Final, and we finished 10th, which goes to show what a strong field it was this year.

'The seniors - Andrew Jackson, Joey Hansen, Sam Bobek, and Adam Hughes - did an excellent job of leading the team throughout the year. They were a driven group of kids that wanted to make an impact on the program here.

'As far as next year, we don't have that one standout rower like we had this year with Joey Hansen, but we've got more depth. Joey is irreplaceable - he's one of the top two or three rowers in the country, but next year's group should be a little more homogenous without the variety we had this year. This year's seniors had a fire that rubbed off on the program and should carry it for a long time to come.'

REISCHMAN ON RECRUITING AND NEXT YEAR: 'It's strange, (a good finish at nationals) doesn't impact recruiting that much. We don't recruit a lot of kids who know college rowing. The last few years we've had a few more calls from kids with rowing experience, but we still go after athletes from other high school sports. We feel like we have a better shot at turning them into the kind of rower we need after a few years.

'The JV and freshmen did a really nice job at the IRAs. They were going against other programs with lots of experience, and we only had one rower who had rowed before coming to OSU.

'We have a good group of sophomores and juniors. If we can match this year's speed next year and those guys are still around, we can be in the five-through-nine spots. By the time they get to their senior year... I like where this program is headed.

'We're on track. It seems like it takes forever, I'm getting tired of Petite Finals. I want to start rowing in some Grand Finals, but to get to where we want to go, we have to have patience.'

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 among the coaches assisting at the camp, which runs until mid-August.

OSU AT IRAs: The Beavers finished 10th at the IRA Championships on June 2 in Cherry Hill, N.J. OSU's varsity eight captured 10th in 5:46.0, while the JV was ninth in 5:56.22. OSU's freshman eight turned in an eighth-place finish with a time of 5:59.73. The 10th-place effort was the third-best in the history of the program at OSU.

SPRING FORWARD: A look at OSU's best times of the spring: VARSITY EIGHT - 5:46.0 (at IRAs, Cooper River course, 6/2+-), JV EIGHT - 5:55.17 (at Opening Day Regatta/Windemere Cascade Cup, Montlake Cut, 5/6), VARSITY FOUR - 6:46.17 (at Opening Day Regatta, Montlake Cut, 5/6), NOVICE EIGHT - 5:59.73 (at IRAs, Cooper River course, 6/2). Note: Lowest times are not necessarily representative of best performances, as course conditions are a considerable factor in how the times turn out.

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