No. 16 OSU Takes On Pac-10 Foes At Conference Championships

May 15, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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SCHEDULE: The No. 16 women's crew travels to Rancho Cordova, Calif., for the Pacific-10 Conference Championships this Sunday, May 18 on Lake Natoma. Racing will be done on the standard 2,000-meter course; the championships are hosted by Sacramento State University. A schedule of the preliminary heat races for Sunday's championships follows. The finals will be held in the afternoon, beginning at 12:10, and should finish by 3:00.

Varsity 4: 8:00 a.m. (vs. Cal, USC, UCLA, and Santa Clara)Novice 8: 9:10 a.m. (vs. Washington, Cal-Davis, and USC)Second Varsity 8: 9:30 a.m. (vs. Cal, Sacramento State, UCLA, and Santa Clara)Varsity 8: 10:10 a.m. (vs. Cal, Stanford, UCLA, Cal-Davis, and San Diego State)

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? A total of 16 teams from around the country will be selected by the NCAA to compete in the NCAA Championships May 31-June 2 in Indianapolis, Ind. There is no automatic qualifier from the Pac-10 Championships, but one is chosen from each of the five regions across the nation. The NCAA will announce the championships field May 20.

Q&A WITH ERICA GREER: Erica Greer is a senior in her third year in the varsity eight, and has helped the team to a No. 16 national ranking as the crew heads into the Pac-10 Championships May 18. Greer, a Management Information Systems major, is a well-traveled college senior, but grew up primarily in Chicago. After a semester at small (3,100 enrollment) Fairfield University, in Connecticut, Greer transferred to Oregon State to join the rowing program. The following is a question-and-answer with Greer:

YOU STARTED OFF AT A COLLEGE ON THE EAST COAST. HOW DID YOU COME TO OREGON STATE?

'I played volleyball from seventh grade all through high school very seriously. I played at Fairfield University (in Connecticut), which is a small school with 3,100 people. I just wasn't crazy about the East Coast and the smaller size of the school. I found an article in the Wall Street Journal about rowing, and I looked into it and checked out some schools, did some visits, and chose Oregon State.'

DID YOU THINK ABOUT PLAYING VOLLEYBALL AT OSU AS WELL?

'Fairfield was a semester school, and halfway through the year, I thought, 'this school isn't really working out for me.' I thought I should try somewhere else with volleyball, but because the teams are so small and outside hitters are in abundance when you're 5-foot-9, there wasn't anything for me with the schools I was looking at.'

WHAT WAS IT ABOUT OSU THAT GRABBED YOU?

'I like Oregon. I'd been out here once before. I came out for a visit when I was looking into the school, and the year before, I came out on a family vacation on the coast with some extended family friends.'

YOU HAVE AN ATHLETIC FAMILY.

'My dad played football at Long Beach State, and he has a brother that played at Stanford. My younger sister went through the same volleyball program I did, and she's playing at Marquette University right now.'

DID THAT HAVE AN INFLUENCE ON YOU COMPETING IN COLLEGIATE ATHLETICS?

'It was something that my dad always semi-pushed, but mostly just kept us interested. The club that I came from was very intense, and you don't get through it unless you're going to play in college, so that was the mentality.'

WAS THERE AN ADJUSMENT COMING FROM CHICAGO TO CORVALLIS?

'I'm pretty flexible. I lived in Omaha for four years, lived in England for a little bit, went to Brazil for a year, lived in Connecticut. It's a small town, and you're so busy with school and practice and friends, so it's not a big deal.'

TALK ABOUT ENGLAND AND BRAZIL.

'England - I was too young to really remember. Brazil was an 11-month trip where I didn't go to school for a year. I just played volleyball for fun, and got to know the culture and the language. It was interesting. It was in between my sophomore and junior years in high school.'

ANY PLANS AFTER COLLEGE?

'Still up in the air.'

FAVORITE MOVIE?

'My favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption.'

WHEN YOU HAVE SPARE TIME, WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO?

'Play volleyball. I like to go running, and I usually spend some extra time working out, or studying.'

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE STORY FROM CREW?

'There are oh so many - I can't think of one off the top of my head.'

TALK ABOUT THE TEAM HEADING INTO PAC-10S.

'We are very fast, and I'm really excited about this weekend. Hopefully, everything will come together for the seven minutes that we get to show off. It doesn't always work out that way, but we're all excited about this weekend.'

LAST ACTION: OSU rowed seven races with No. 1 Washington on Saturday, May 10, with Washingtonwinning all seven. OSU's varsity eight was 5.5 seconds off UW's pace, finishing in 6:38. The second varsity eight was also roughly two boatlengths back, finishing in 6:56.6. The teams also rowed a third varsity, Novice 'A' and 'B' eight races, as well as varsity four 'A' and 'B' sprints.

THE LINEUP: (from coxswain to bow) V8: C- Lynn Simmons, Kristin Tryon, Erika Greer, Andrea Pleven, Kristen Reid, Julia White-Hoppe, Kim Hughes, Kim Texeira, Leah Schauermann.

2V8: C- Keelan Purcell, Amanda Florio, Tracy Colton, Natasha Nemyre, Kathy Freeborn, Briton Nixon, Karen DeVries, Angela Smith, Lindsay Wrightson.

V4: C- Amber Pence, Kaitlyn Kernek, Nancy Raskauskas, Angelique Manning, Allison Stanley.

N8: C- Stephanie Parker, Becky Simmons, Kristen Tomlinson, Kate Laird, Ashley Kronsteiner, Leslie Husted, Megan Murphy, Sally DeNotta, Sarah Sells.

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