OSU Hosts Washington State In Rare Home Race

March 26, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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SCHEDULE: Oregon State plays host to Washington State with the third annual Winchell Cup on the line this Saturday, March 29 at Dexter Reservoir near Eugene, Ore. The dual meet is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., and will wrap up at approximately 11 a.m. The schedule of races follows:

9 a.m.: 1st Novice 89:15: 2nd Novice 8, 3rd Novice 89:45: 2nd Varsity 810:00: Novice 410:15: 1st Varsity 810:45: 1st Varsity 4, 2nd Varsity 4

NOTE SCHEDULE CHANGE: Head coach Charlie Owen recently announced a few changes to the women's rowing schedule. Added are an Apr. 12 Covered Bridge Regatta in Dexter, Ore., a May 3 first varsity race at Princeton with Rutgers and George Washington, and a May 3 trip to Washington's Opening Day Regatta with the second varsity, varsity four, and first novice. Out was a possible Apr. 26 race.

FORMER OSU COACH RETURNS: Former OSU assistant Jane LaRiviere, now the head coach of the Washington State women's rowing program, leads her Cougars against some of her former rowers Saturday. LaRiviere was OSU's freshman/novice coach for eight years before accepting the head position at WSU last summer.

LAST ACTION: OSU started its spring season with wins in three of four races against Victoria. The varsity, second varsity, and novice eights all won their duals, with only the third varsity falling to the traditionally strong U-Vic team.

LAST YEAR: OSU came home from the Palouse with the Winchell Cup after it won all three varsity races against the Cougars for the first time in recent memory. The varsity, second varsity, and varstiy four all won their races by more than four seconds, but the first and second novice eights and novice four lost their sprints.

DIRECTIONS TO DEXTER RESERVOIR: For those interested in attending one of OSU's rare home races this Saturday, directions to Dexter Reservoir follow: From Corvallis, take I-5 south past Eugene. Take Exit 188 (Hwy 58). Go to milepost 13 (white covered bridge). Turn left. Go into town and turn left at the second intersection. Lowell Park is on the left after roughly 1/4 mile. Turn left in park entrance. The first gravel road on the right leads to the boathouse.

HEAD COACH CHARLIE OWEN'S COMMENTS: 'We've had a little bit of turmoil lately due to an injury to our rower in the varsity eight stroke position. It's forced us to change things around a bit, but we're hopeful she'll be back in time for San Diego. Otherwise, we're looking forward to racing a good WSU team. It's been a few weeks since we raced at Victoria.'

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