No. 14 Women's Rowing Travels To Princeton

May 1, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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SCHEDULE: The 14th-ranked Oregon State women's varsity eight heads across the country for a race against No. 6 Princeton, as well as Rutgers and George Washington Saturday morning on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J. OSU races at 9 a.m. Pacific time. This weekend marks the first time OSU has traveled east to face any of the three schools. The second varsity, varsity four, and novice eight race in Seattle at the Opening Day Regatta, hosted by Washington. The varsity four races at 10:35, the novice eight at 10:50, and the second varsity at 10:56.

LAST ACTION: OSU's varsity four was the only boat to claim victory in an April 19 set of races against then-No. 4 Stanford and No. 1 California. The varsity four topped Stanford by over two seconds. The varsity eight was less than four seconds off Stanford's pace in the morning race, with a time of 6:41.1, and finished 3.3 seconds back of No. 1 Calirornia in the afternoon.

Q&A WITH KIM HUGHES: Kim Hughes, from Vancouver, Wash., is a senior in the varsity eight this year, which is ranked 14th nationally. Hughes earned Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association second-team all-region honors as a junior, and has rowed in the varsity eight since her sophomore year. The following is a question-and-answer following a recent practice on the Willamette River:

Q: WHY DID YOU CHOOSE OSU?

A: 'I got a Navy ROTC scholarship. It came down to OSU and Washington, and I wanted to stay close to home.'

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THIS YEAR?

A: 'We want to show everybody that we can do well.'

Q: ANY PLANS FOR AFTER COLLEGE?

A: 'I'm going to take a year off to work, and then come back here for grad school.'

Q: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO STUDY IN GRAD SCHOOL?

A: 'Probably Fish and Wildlife - something to do with salmon. My major is Environmental Science.'

Q: IS THERE ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR IN THAT FIELD THAT YOU LIKE DOING?

A: 'I love the outdoors, working with water and fish.'

Q: WOULD YOU WANT TO STAY IN THE NORTHWEST?

A: 'Yeah, I love it out here.'

Q: WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR OFF TIME, IF YOU HAVE OFF TIME?

A: 'I love camping and swimming.'

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE CAMPING SPOTS?

A: 'I like to go backpacking out in the Willowas, in the Eagle Cap wilderness in Eastern Oregon.'

Q: ANY FAVORITE MOVIES OR BOOKS YOU'VE SEEN LATELY?

A: 'Nothing in particular - I like scary movies though.'

Q: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE EXPERIENCE AT OSU?

A: 'I love being part of this team. All of the traveling every spring is probably my favorite, and hanging out with everyone. We've gone to Southern California, New Jersey, and places I'd never been before.'

Q: ANY FAVORITE TRIPS THAT STAND OUT TO YOU?

A: 'I love going to Redwood Shores, California. They have a neat course.'

Q: ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ADD?

A: 'I really think we're going to do well the rest of the season. It's been fun, and we're going to show everyone what we're going to do.'

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