Women's Crew Looks For Another Strong Performance Against Washington

Nov. 8, 2001


SCHEDULE: Oregon State travels to Seattle for the Head of the Lake Regatta on Saturday, Nov. 10. Racing begins at approximately 8 a.m.

HERE THEY COME: With a talented, athletic core of rowers back from last year's young squad, the 2002 Oregon State women's crew is poised to reach its goal of advancing to the NCAA Rowing Championships for the fourth time in six years. Add a freshman recruiting class that is one of the best in recent memory at OSU, and the Beavers figure to offset the loss of CRCA All-American Abby Roos and Academic All-American Cassie Bouska, along with fellow 2001 seniors Megan Oest and Jennelle Johnson.

The key for the Beavers' continued success this year will be more consistency from practice to the race course.

'Last year, we had a young team - the majority of which is returning this year,' 11th-year head coach Charlie Owen said. 'Hopefully, with another year under our belts, we can prove to be a little more consistent in our racing. Last year, we were able to practice very well, but we didn't perform in our races the way we were able to practice.'

'We are excited this year - we have a good group of talented freshmen,' Owen said. 'We recruited athletes who we hope will make an impact in our program at the freshman through varsity levels. They are very experienced, and they should improve our speed quite a bit.

'In addition to our recruited freshmen, we're very excited about the quality of our walk-on athletes.'

The influx of talent should equip the Beavers with what they need to plow through a top-notch schedule, highlighted by the Head of the Lake Regatta in Seattle, the San Diego Crew Classic, and a trip to Clemson, South Carolina, for a meet with Duke and Clemson.

The stage is set this year for OSU to line up once again alongside the rest of the nation's best crews for the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis in May, 2002.

TOP TIMES FROM LAST YEAR: V8 - 6:40.6 (Stanford), 2V8 - 6:47.05 (Victoria), 3V8 - 6:59.85 (Victoria), N8 - 7:14.72 (Victoria), 2N8 - 7:39.81 (Victoria), V4 - 7:50.50 (Pac-10s).

LINEUPS AT LAST SEASON'S PAC-10s: (bow to coxswain) V8 - Karen Hopfer, Kimberly Hughes, Erica Greer, Lyndsay Wrightson, Abby Roos, Joy Jordan, Kim Texeira, Cassie Bouska, Jennelle Johnson

2V8 - Leah Schauermann, Angela Smith, Donnae Dunsmore, Julia White-Hoppe, Megan Oest, Melissa Flint, Katie Beachwood, Casey English, Laurie Williams.

V4 - Irene Ridgeway, Lauren Sommers, Karen Devries, Erin Raney, Lynn Simmons

N8 - Katie Sciarrino, Trish House, Kathy Freeborn, Katie Settelmeyer, Malia Johnson, Tracy Colton, Kaitlyn Kernak, Amber Pence.

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

Owen rowed in the varsity lightweight eight and heavyweight men's eight before an injury cut his career short. However, he did enjoy a successful sculling career and earned a 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 as head women's coach in 1993, and the team has made great strides ever since. Of the five NCAA Rowing Championships, Owen's crews have competed in three, with the highest finish of seventh coming in 1997. The 2000 team also had a banner year with a third-place showing at the Pac-10 Conference meet, OSU also placed third in 1998.

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

Owen is a 1992 graduate of Oregon State with a bachelor's degree in Housing Studies. He is a U.S. Rowing Level III certified coach.

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

LaRiviere has guided the program to some of its most successful seasons in school history, and has made OSU one of the most competitive teams on the West Coast. LaRiviere guided the 2001 Varsity Four to second-place and the Novice Eight to third at the Pac-10 Championships.

As a student at the University of Calgary, LaRiviere competed 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 2001, LaRiviere was an apprentice National Rowing Team coach in Canada.

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

LaRiviere earned 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 fifth year at Oregon State University after joining the program in July, 1997.

Imes came to Corvallis from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., where he served as the freshman men's coach for three years. He has guided his OSU teams 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 extensive work with the U.S. National Team, as he assisted with the 1998 and 1999 U.S. National Teams and helped the Men's Four to a silver medal in the 2000 World Championships. In 2001, Imes coached the Men's 23-and-Under Eight to a second-place finish at the Nation's Cup.

Imes, who 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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