Women's Crew Battles Washington On Montlake Cut

March 29, 2001


SCHEDULE: The Beavers head to Seattle for races with Washington on Saturday, March 31. OSU will bring three varsity eights, two novice eights, and a varsity four. Racing will take place on Montlake Cut.

HEAD COACH CHARLIE OWEN ON THE TEAM: 'We've had some time to look at our lineups again and spend some more time with the selection of who is rowing in what boats. We just finished three days of that, and we ended up making just one change. We switched Karen Hopfer and Melissa Flint, so Karen Hopfer is now rowing in the first boat and Melissa is in the second.

'We changed the order of some of the seats around a bit. Hopefully, we'll be a little faster with this lineup. One of the big things we've done in the last three weeks is that we've spent a little more time on specific race preparation. We've had more workouts for specific race preparation than we had before our first race, so we're getting to the point where we're prepared to race.

'I think the team is looking pretty good. I hope we aren't too tired from working out so hard over spring break. We're looking forward to racing against Washington. They'll be one of the fastest crews in the country, so we'll have to rise to the occasion.'

OWEN ON MONTLAKE CUT: 'It's a good course. Each course has it's differences, but the course through the cut is great in that there are some very specific landmarks that make it easier for the coxswains. When we raced in Victoria, there were still buoys indicating certain points on the course, but it wasn't perfectly marked. This will pretty much be the same way.

'This course is nice because it isn't affected by tides and prevailing winds as much (as a course like San Diego). It's a good course for racing'.

TOP TIMES: V8 - 6:44.09 (Victoria), 2V8 - 6:47.05 (Victoria), 3V8 - 6:59.85 (Victoria), N8 - 7:14.72 (Victoria), 2N8 - 7:39.81 (Victoria).

LAST ACTION: The Beavers battled Victoria on the waters of Elk Lake, but OSU came up short as Victoria finished in 6:34.91 to beat OSU's 6:44.09. The third varsity won its race with a time of 6:59.85, and the novice eight won in 7:14.72. Victoria is generally regarded as one of the premier crews in Canada.

COACHING STAFF: Charlie Owen, in his 10th year at Oregon State University, first arrived at OSU in the fall of 1986 as a student-athlete. He has been involved with the program ever since.

Owen rowed in the varsity lightweight men's eight and heavyweight men's eight, before an injury cut his career short. He did however enjoy a successful sculling career with an eventual position on the 1991 Pan American Team.

Owen's coaching career began in the fall of 1991 as the novice women's mentor. He coached the novice team for two years, with his teams placing second on the West Coast each season and all crews earning medals. At the same time he coached a team at the Olympic Sports Festival.

Owen assumed the reigns of head women's coach in 1993, and the team has improved every year. His 1997 varsity team has been the highlight of his coaching tenure, placing second at the Pac-10 Championships and earning an entry into the inaugural NCAA Championships. The women's crew placed seventh overall at the NCAAs. The 1998 team also had a banner year, with a third-place showing at the conference meet.

Owen started rowing at Salisbury School in 1984 and while there competed at the West German Junior National Championships. Owen also competed in England at the Henley Royal Regatta.

Owen is a 1992 graduate of Oregon State with a bachelor's degree in housing studies.

Jane LaRiviere is in her seventh season as the Women's Freshman and Novice Coach at Oregon State University.

LaRiviere has guided the program to some of its most successful seasons in school history, and has made it one of the most competitive on the West Coast. One of the highlights of LaRiviere's coaching career was guiding the 1999 Novice team to a second-place finish in the women's varsity four at the Pacific-10 Championships.

As a student at the University of Calgary, LaRiviere rowed for the Calgary Rowing Club. In 1985 her team won the Intermediate Four With at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. LaRiviere began coaching rowing in 1989 while attending the University of Oregon. She went on to coach in Canada at the University of Western Ontario and the London Rowing Club. While in London, Ontario, she assisted with the Women's National Team development camps. During the summer of 1999 LaRiviere volunteered at the Canadian National Team's Pre-World Championship camp.

LaRiviere is a U.S. Rowing Level III certified coach and a Level III certified rowing coach in Canada.

LaRiviere received her bachelor's degree in 1986, her master's degree in 1990, and is presently completing her Ph.D in biomechanics at Oregon State University.

Matt Imes is in his fourth year at Oregon State University after joining the program in July of 1997.

Imes came to Corvallis from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., where he served as the Freshman men's coach for three years. He guided his team to a pair of fifth-place finishes at the Pac-10 Championships, and a fourth-place finish at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in the Freshman Four.

The Wisconsin native led the Oregon State Men's Novice Eight to three consecutive third-place finishes from 1998-2000 at the Pac-10 Championships, with the 2000 Novice Eight taking fourth at the IRA National Championships.

Imes' coaching experience also includes assisting with the 1998 Men's 23-and-under Nation's Cup Pre-Elite camp in 1998. He served as an assistant coach for the 1999 Pan American Games, and in 2000 was an assistant for the U.S. national team. Imes also helped coach the Men's four to a silver medal at the World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.

Imes, who also served two years as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin, is a U.S. Rowing Level III certified coach.

The University of Wisconsin graduate earned a degree in history in 1994.

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