No. 16 OSU Faces No. 1 Washington In Seattle

May 8, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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SCHEDULE: The No. 16 women's crew travels to Seattle to take on No. 1 Washington on the 2,000-meter Montlake Cut course Saturday, May 10. The teams will race a first, second, and third varsity eight, a novice 'A' and 'B' eight, and a two varsity four races. OSU's and Washington's men's crews race 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 JULIA WHITE-HOPPE: Julia White-Hoppe is a junior in her second year in the varsity boat, rowing the four seat for the No. 16 team in the country. An Art History major from Medford, Ore. (South Medford HS), White-Hoppe is very active in the Corvallis community, volunteering in elementary schools. She is also a member of the OSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The following is a question-and-answer before a recent practice.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU'RE AWAY FROM ROWING?

'I used to play tennis and ski, and I like to read during the summer. I'm on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and I volunteer at elementary schools.'

WHAT DO YOU DO AT THE SCHOOLS?

'There are all sorts of little things - I haven't been able to do the SMART Program this year. I've read at elementary schools, doing the Dr. Seuss Read With The Beavers Week. It's not a lot, but it's fun and it's a good experience.'

WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION WHEN YOU'RE ROWING?

'My teammates - knowing that we're all out there with the same goal and are all putting in the work - I want to do well for them and my coaches.'

AS FAR AS YOUR TIME AT OSU, DO YOU HAVE ANY MEMORIES THAT STAND OUT?

'The whole experience of rowing has been great. I'm really lucky to have stumbled across it. All the people I've met and the contacts I've made have been great, and it's a lot of fun. I know the people I've met are people I'll stay friends with forever. I think those are the most important things I've taken from being in a college sport. I'm sure anybody who does that would get the same thing.'

YOU EARNED FOUR LETTERS IN HIGH SCHOOL IN TENNIS, SKIING, AND SOCCER. WHAT WAS IT THAT MADE YOU CHOOSE CREW?

'My grandpa rowed for Cal, so I had an idea that I wanted to get into rowing when I came to OSU.'

WAS HE ABLE TO PASS ON ANYTHING TO YOU ABOUT ROWING?

'He always had cool stories. It's neat because it's still so much the same as when he was in college, and he's 86 years old. It's interesting how much tradition the sport has.'

DO YOU OR THE TEAM HAVE ANY PRE-RACE SUPERSTITIONS?

'I don't think anybody on the team really does. I approach races the same way I approach practices. It's another day at the office - that's what one of our coaches used to say.'

WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE OSU?

'It was the only school I applied to, actually. I've always wanted to go here. My dad did graduate work here, and we've had good friends go to school here. I've always been a Beaver - OSU where I wanted to go.'

WHAT ARE THE GOALS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR?

'Hopefully, we'll go to Nationals - that would be great. What I hope for our boat is that we really have confidence in ourselves, and we can row every race the best we can. I think that's really important, and we can accomplish that.'

LAST ACTION: OSU's varsity eight rowed to a time of 7:09.83 to top Rutgers and George Washington, but finished 16 seconds back of No. 6 Princeton on Saturday, May 3 in Princeton, N.J. The JV eight placed third and the novice eight second at Washington's Opening Day Regatta. The JV finished 10 seconds back of Washington and eight behind Washington State, while the novice was 10 seconds off the UW pace.

THE LINEUP: (B-bow, C-coxswain) B- Leah Schauermann, 2- Kim Texeira, 3- Kim Hughes, 4- Julia White-Hoppe, 5- Kristen Reid, 6- Andrea Pleven, 7- Erica Greer, 8- Kristin Tryon, C- Lynn Simmons.

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