OSU Part Of Strong Field In San Diego

April 2, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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SCHEDULE: Oregon State takes to the water for the second weekend in a row, this time at the San Diego Crew Classic April 5-6 on the 2,000-meter Mission Bay course. All of the top varsity eight crews from the West Coast, along with several others from across the country, will compete for the prestigious Whittier Cup, which will go to the winner of Sunday's varsity eight Grand final. OSU will bring junior varsity and freshman/novice eights as well.

OSU will also send a third varsity and second novice eight to the Husky Invitational in Seattle on Montlake Cut. Those races take place Saturday, April 5.

Here's a look at OSU's San Diego race schedule, with Sunday's times pending the outcome of Saturday's heat races. Varsity eights finishing in the top three of their heat races will row in the Grand Final, and places 4-6 in the Petite. The first- and second-place finishers in the JV and novice races move on to the Grand Final, while third and fourth race in the Petite.

SATURDAY:

Varsity: 8:30 a.m.

Junior varsity: 10:30 a.m.

Freshman/Novice: 11:15 a.m.

SUNDAY:

Varsity: 11:40 a.m. Petite Final or 2:40 p.m. Grand Final

Junior varsity: 7 a.m. Petite Final or 1:10 p.m. Grand Final

Freshman/Novice: 8 a.m. Petite Final or 11 a.m. Grand Final

LINEUPS: Varsity eight (C= coxswain, B=bow): C- Lynn Simmons, 8- Kristin Tryon, 7= Kristen Reid, 6- Andrea Pleven, 5- Julia White-Hoppe, 4- Kimberly Hughes, 3- Kim Texeira, 2- Leah Schauermann, B- Erica Greer. Junior varsity: C- Keelan Purcell, 8- Kaitlyn Kernek, 7- Kathy Freeborn, 6- Natasha Nemyre, 5- Lyndsay Wrightson, 4- Britton Nixon, 3- Karen DeVries, 2- Angela Smith, B- Tracy Colton. Freshman/Novice: C- Stephanie Parker, 8- Kristen Tomlinson, 7- Kate Laird, 6- Megan Murphy, 5- Sally DeNotta, 4- Ashley Kronsteiner, 3- Evana Burt-Toland, 2- Sarah Sells, B- Leslie Husted.

LAST ACTION: OSU dropped five of six races to Washington State on Mar. 29 at Dexter Reservoir near Eugene. The novice four gave the Beavers their lone win, as WSU came out with victories in the varsity and JV eight, varsity four, novice and second novice eight races. The varsity eight finished nearly 13 seconds behind WSU with a time of six minutes, 48.21 seconds. Other than the win by the novice four, OSU's closest race was the novice eight, which it lost by eight seconds in 7:09.31.

LAST YEAR: At the 2002 San Diego Crew Classic, OSU's varsity eight finished second in the Whittier Cup Petite Final and eighth overall with a time of 6:49.62, just over three seconds behind USC. The novice eight had a strong showing, capturing third in the Grand Final, while the junior varsity won its Petite Final to place seventh.

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Head coach Charlie Owen recently announced a few changes to the women's rowing schedule. Added are an Apr. 12 Covered Bridge Regatta in Dexter, Ore., a May 3 first varsity race at Princeton with Rutgers and George Washington, and a May 3 trip to Washington's Opening Day Regatta with the second varsity, varsity four, and first novice. Out was a possible Apr. 26 race.

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