Women's Crew Made Great Strides In 2001

June 22, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

HEAD COACH CHARLIE OWEN ON THE TEAM'S PROGRESS OVER THE YEAR: 'I'd say looking at the year, we made a lot of improvements, particularily on the varsity side of it. I saw a lot of improvement through the year. Our race results didn't necessarily reflect the improvements we made, we didn't always race as well as we did in practice, which can be discouraging. Usually, if you practice well, you're going to end up racing well, so that was a little discouraging. Overall, looking at what we did, I think we probably set ourselves up to continue to make those improvements next year.

'I think a lot of the problem with transferring our success in practice to the racecourse was inexperience. We have to look at some of the things we were doing this year, too. We need to see if we can be better-prepared for our races. Typically, when everyone is practicing well, you figure it's going to go well in the race.'

OWEN ON THE LOSS OF KEY SENIORS: OSU lost seniors Cassie Bouska, Jennelle Johnson, Megan Oest and Abby Roos to graduation this year, but have a strong group of returning rowers to fill their places.

'We have a number of strong rowers that were novices this year, so that should help compensate for the loss of our seniors,' Owen said. 'The majority of the novices will be returning, and we also have seven freshmen coming in with good rowing experience. We'll see who the fastest eight people are and see what happens.'

OWEN ON THE NOVICE AND JV EIGHTS AND VARSITY FOUR: 'They did very well this year. The JV eight made probably the best improvement throughout the spring. They just went out and raced very hard each time and did a great job. Particularily at the Pac-10s (where they finished fifth) - they were outgunned by a lot of those crews, just outpowered, and they went for it as hard as they could. At the end, they still finished back a bit, but I was encouraged by how hard they raced and how competitive they were.

'The varsity four stood out by finishing second at Pac-10s. Unfortunately, two of those girls won't be back next year. They just kept plugging along throughout the year though.

'The novices did well. It's tough to judge some of the other crews, but our novices rowed well. They're always going to be the bread and butter of our program as far as developing it goes.'

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 - 7:50.50 (Pac-10s).

LAST ACTION: The varsity eight went up against four of the nation's top-20 programs and finished sixth at the Pac-10 Championships with a time of 7:11.60. The varsity four turned in the strongest performance of any OSU boat, as it took second in 7:50.50. The novice eight posted a 7:17.70 to capture third, and the JV eight finished fifth in 7:25.29.

LINEUPS AT PAC-10s: (bow to coxswain) V8 - Karen Hopfer, Kimberly Hughes, Erica Greer, Lyndsay Wrightson, Abby Roos, Joy Jordan, Kim Texeira, Cassie Bouska, Jennelle Johnson

2V8 - 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 Simmons

N8 - Katie Sciarrino, Trish House, Kathy Freeborn, Katie Settelmeyer, Malia Johnson, Tracy Colton, Kaitlyn Kernak, Amber Pence.

BOUSKA, ROOS EARN POSTSEASON HONORS: Senior Cassie Bouska finished her career at Oregon State by earning Academic All-America Second Team honors, while fellow senior Abby Roos was named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-America Second Team. Roos was also named to the All-Pac-10 squad for the second time in her career.

The duo also received recognition at 'The Bennys', Oregon State's annual awards banquet, when Bouska and Roos were named to OSU's seven-member Scholar Athlete Team

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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