Parker, Laird Chosen to Captain Women's Crew in '05-06

June 6, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Rising seniors-to-be Stephanie Parker and Kate Laird have been elected Oregon State Women's Crew co-captains for the 2005-2006 season. Parker was the coxswain for this year's 1st Varsity 8, and Laird rowed in 4 seat.

The captains were announced at the team's year-end banquet Thursday, when Owen also presented awards for this year's Most Outstanding, Most Improved and Most Inspirational Oarswomen, and Most Outstanding Novice.

'The upcoming senior class is very strong in terms of leadership and commitment to the team,' said head coach Charlie Owen. 'For their teammates to select Steph and Kate as captains is a real testament to the respect they have earned.'

'As a coxswain, Stephanie is a natural leader, and Kate has been more of the quiet type who can lead by example,' Owen said. 'They're great competitors and teammates. We expect a lot from them next year, and I think they'll be an effective combination as captains.'

Owen also anticipates strong leadership from the other '05-06 seniors, including 1st Varsity bow seat Kristen Tomlinson and 5-seat Andrea Pleven. Tomlinson was honored as Most Improved varsity rower. She earned a seat in top OSU boat after last year racing in the JV, and also made a huge leap in her ergometer training.

Senior Sarah Dubrasich, who last year won the Most Improved award, was honored as the Most Outstanding varsity rower varsity rower. Dubrasich was one of just two rowers to compete in the 1st Varsity 8 in every race this year and served as team captain. She was also recently named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association's All-Region Team.

The Suzanne Wilkins Award, given to the most inspirational varsity athlete, was given for the second year in a row to senior co-captain Michelle Bacon. She was unable to race this year despite efforts to rehab a back injury, but Bacon remained a strong leader and a constant source of encouragement to the team throughout the season, Owen said. Bacon leaves OSU with two Pac-10 medals, a gold medal from the 2002 Novice 8 championship and a bronze in the 2004 Varsity 4+.

Freshman Britnie Jones was named Most Outstanding Novice. A walk-on to the team, she raced in the 1st Novice 8 that earned a bronze medal at Pac-10 Championships and helped rally all three novice boats to be a unified team, said freshman coach Annie Kakela. Jones also posted the 5th-fastest 2,000 meter erg score on the all-time list of OSU freshmen.

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