Women's Crew Inks Highly-Touted Recruiting Class

June 22, 2001


Oregon State signed seven athletes to National Letters of Intent to compete for the women's rowing program, it was announced Friday by head coach Charlie Owen.

Michelle Bacon, Treesa Elliot, Amanda Florio, Kristin Reid, Kristin Tryon, Sarah White, and Suzi Wylie will begin their careers at Oregon State this fall.

All seven rowers have prior crew experience, in the past, the vast majority of recruits were athletes who excelled in other high school sports but had no experience rowing.

'We are very excited about our class this year,' Owen said. 'Our staff believes that all seven of the incoming recruits can have a tremendous impact on our program over the next four years. Not only are they good athletes, but they have a great demeanor about them.'

Bacon (5'8', Kingston, Ontario) has rowed for the Kingston Rowing Club, and will likely row for her Provincial Team this summer.

'She has a good chance of making her Provincial Team, she has good skills and will only get better with time,' Owen commented.

Elliot (6'1', Seattle, Wash.) and Wylie (5'11', Clyde Hill, Wash.) both row for the Sammamish Rowing Club near Seattle. Wylie will participate in the U.S. Junior National Team selection process this summer.

'Both Treesa and Suzi have terrific physical size and could make a huge impact for us in the future,' Owen said. 'Suzi will be participating in the U.S. Junior National Team selection process, which will only improve her skills and help us in the future.'

Both Florio (5'9', Wainfleet, Ontario) and Reid (6'0', Brentwood Bay, British Columbia) rowed for the Canadian Can-Am-Mex teams (Jr. B National Team) as junior rowers. The pair also competes for Canadian clubs.

'Both row for extremely competitive clubs in Canada,' Owen said. 'We are sure their experience there will carry over well to our program as they make the transition to the U.S. collegiate racing scene.'

Tryon (5'8'), from Saanichton, British Columbia, rowed for the Canadian Junior National Team eight that placed fifth at the Junior World Championships.

'She is a very competitive rower, and she will be a welcome addition to our program,' Owen commented.

White (5'9', Lake Oswego, Ore.) has been in the stern pair of one of the fastest high school boats on the West Coast while rowing for Oregon Rowing Unlimited.

'ORU has a tradition of good athletes and Sarah is definitely one of them,' Owen said. 'We are looking for this to carry over to next year as she helps blend in with our other recruits and make great strides in our overall speed.

'All seven women have very competitive attitudes and will be a building block for the future of our program for the next four years.'

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