No. 11 OSU Takes On No. 4 Washington Saturday

May 8, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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SCHEDULE: The No. 11 Oregon State men's crew travels to Seattle, Wash., for a dual race with the No. 4 Washington Huskies on the 2,000-meter Montlake Cut course. The teams will race a varsity, junior varsity, and novice eight, as well as a varsity four. OSU's and Washington's women's crews will compete head-to-head as well. Saturday's schedule follows:

8:20 a.m. Women's Second Novice Eight8:30 a.m. Women's Varsity Four 'A'8:40 a.m. Men's Varsity Four8:50 a.m. Women's Varsity Four 'B'9:20 a.m. Women's Junior Varsity Eight9:30 a.m. Men's Junior Varsity Eight9:40 a.m. Women's Varsity Eight10:00 a.m. Women's Third Varsity Eight10:10 a.m. Men's Freshman Eight10:20 a.m. Women's First Novice Eight10:30 a.m. Men's Varsity Eight

Q&A WITH RYAN DILLON: Ryan Dillon is a senior in OSU's varsity eight, and helped the team to fourth place at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships last June - the program's highest finish ever. A Mechanical Engineering major from Tidewater, Ore. (Waldport HS), Dillon was an honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic selection in 2002. The following is a question-and-answer before a recent practice.

YOU'VE BEEN A MEMBER OF THE VARSITY BOAT FOR THREE YEARS, AND HAVE ROWED IN THE IRA'S THREE TIMES. HOW HAS THAT EXPERIENCE HELPED YOU AND THE TEAM THIS YEAR?

'I think with us being a somewhat inexperienced racing team, the more experience we have in the boat, the better we get. Racing is totally different; you can't really simulate it in practice. Personally, I'll be going into my fourth IRAs, and I know how teams can get on a roll. It's like a basketball tournament, where there are things you have to do to keep advancing in a tournament, and I have a pretty good idea of what we have to do to keep moving on. We've done it for two years; I've been to the Grand Finals twice.'

ARE THE YOUNGER GUYS RECEPTIVE TO THAT?

'They've seen the success of the older guys. The improvement we've made since we started racing this spring is huge, and in the two weeks between Pac-10s and IRAs, I expect us to make huge jumps. We've done it every year. Throughout the season, even in the fall, the emphasis is on peaking at IRAs. The racing season is just building up to that from Day One. The IRAs are our goal.'

YOU WERE AN HONORABLE MENTION PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC ROWER LAST YEAR. HOW DO YOU BALANCE SCHOOL, ROWING, AND A SOCIAL LIFE?

'It's definitely not easy. I keep a really tight planner, so I know exactly what's going on every week. I'll plan my coursework for the year around missing a bunch of school in the spring, so I'll set myself up to succeed in the Spring since we miss a lot of class. I spend a ton of time studying. The social life is definitely lacking, because we had a 6 a.m. practice for much of the year, so I was in bed at 10:30 usually. We'd usually have practice in the afternoon, too. It's just a sacrifice. I think you can sacrifice one thing out of the three, and I've mostly sacrificed my social life.'

YOU PLAYED THREE SPORTS (BASEBALL, BASKETBALL, AND FOOTBALL) AT WALDPORT HIGH SCHOOL. HOW DID THAT HELP YOU WITH CREW?

'I think it gave me exposure to lots of coaches. In high school, I had a different coach pretty much every year moving from JV to varsity. I think the biggest thing was just work ethic, because in rowing, you get out of it what you put into it. I was thinking about it the other day - I've been doing a sport and going to school for eight years, so it's the discipline of coming down here every day. It's the work ethic and taking the coaching.'

YOU MENTIONED IN THE MEDIA GUIDE THAT (FORMER OSU AND CURRENT U.S. NATIONAL TEAM ROWER) JOEY HANSEN IS YOUR FAVORITE ATHLETE. WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM HIM?

'His work ethic and discipline are amazing. He would go above and beyond what everybody else did. His goal was making the next level and being an Olympic athlete. Just watching him progress through that and getting to know him as a person - he was a role model for me. You could tell what his goals were, and all the decisions he made were directed toward that. He wouldn't go out and party, it was all geared toward his goal, and he had the discipline to focus on that. Now he's practicing three times a day at Princeton (for the national team). We still keep in contact, maybe twice a month.'

YOU LISTED SKIING AND BIKING AS ACTIVITIES YOU ENJOY. DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE PLACES TO GO SKIING OR BIKING?

'I definitely bike a lot in the offseason to keep in shape. I lived in Seattle this summer, so I bike up there a lot. In Corvallis, I like McDonald Forest a lot. I really liked skiing in high school, and I haven't had time since I've been here. I've been out maybe four or five times since I started college. We usually practice on Saturdays as well, so by the time Sunday rolls around, I've got homework to do. I enjoy it, so I'm looking forward to next year.'

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER THIS YEAR?

'I'm going to be here taking classes next year. After that, I might go to grad school - I haven't decided if I want to pursue an MBA, an Masters in Engineering, or just go out and get a job. I'll keep my options open.'

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO MENTION?

'I'm pretty sure the best is yet to come.'

LINEUP: Varsity eight (C=coxswain, S=stroke): C- Dylan Moro, S- Nick Scholz, Ryan Dillon, Chris Callaghan, Adam Wing, Brian Sinkbeil, Norman Wentworth, Andrew Milner, Erik Dresser.

LAST ACTION: OSU topped then-No. 15 Rutgers and No. 10 Yale by four and 14 seconds in a race on the morning of May 3 in Princeton, N.J. OSU rowed to a time of 6:09.00. In the afternoon race, OSU took then-No. 7 Princeton down to the wire before finishing two seconds after the Tigers in 6:01.9. The junior varsity and freshmen rowed at Washington, with both boats finishing second.

OSU IN THE RANKINGS: Oregon State moved up one spot to 11th in the May 7 USRowing Poll.

TOUGH COMPETITION: Over the course of its schedule this year, OSU faces at least nine teams ranked in the USRowing top 20 poll either in head-to-head races or regattas. On the slate are No. 1 Cal, No. 3 Wisconsin, No. 4 Washington, No. 10 Princeton, No. 16 Yale, No. 14 Temple, No. 13 Rutgers, No. 15 Stanford, and No. 18 Michigan.

THE COACHES: Kjell Oswald is in his first season as the head coach of the Oregon State men's rowing program after serving the previous two years as an assistant under former coach Dave Reischman.

Oswald joined the Oregon State staff in August of 2000 after a coaching internship at Princeton University, where he worked with both the varsity and freshman programs.

'Kjell has been a huge part of the success Oregon State has had in men's rowing over the past two seasons,' OSU Athletic Director Bob De Carolis said of Oswald's hiring. 'Through his work as an assistant, Kjell has demonstrated the capabilities needed to be an outstanding head coach.'

As an assistant at OSU, Oswald's freshman boats placed 10th at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association national championships in 2002 and eighth the year before.

Prior to his internship at Princeton, Oswald coached the Lakeside High School (Seattle, Wash.) girl'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.

Oswald graduated from the University of Washington in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in history and an emphasis in the history of science.

Steve Todd joined the Oregon State men's rowing program as the assistant coach in the fall of 2002 after a one-year stint at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., where he served as the men's freshman coach.

Todd's primary responsibilities at OSU are developing the incoming novice walkons and recruits, as well as assisting with the development of the varsity squad.

'Steve brings an intensity to the freshman program,' OSU head coach Kjell Oswald said. 'The freshmen who make it through the first year under Steve's guidance will come to the varsity program with a much better grasp of the work ethic we're looking for. He has tremendous knowledge of racing at the highest level of our sport.'

Prior to coaching at Georgetown, Todd was an intern coach and boathouse manager at the University of Washington for two seasons from 1999-2001.

As the assistant freshman coach during that time, and helped guide the freshman boat to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association national championship in 2001 and a silver medal in 2000.

Todd's collegiate rowing career included helping Washington's varsity eight earn medalist honors in 1998 and 1999. As a member of the junior varsity in 1997, his boat won the IRA national championship and the Huskies swept all three major races at the IRAs. He rowed for Washington from 1996-99.

Todd's boat and the Washington crew also won the Pacific-10 Championship in 1997.

In the same year, Todd competed in the Henley Royal Regatta in the Temple Cup event.

A native of Kirkland, Wash., Todd graduated from the University of Washington in 2000 with a degree in Speech Communication with an emphasis in organizational and small group communication.

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