No. 8 OSU Returns To IRA Championships For Ninth Year In A Row

May 22, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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SCHEDULE: Oregon State competes in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships for the ninth consecutive year May 29-31 in Camden, N.J. on the 2,000-meter Cooper River course. Trial heats begin at 4 a.m. Pacific time Thursday, and the repechage heats will begin at 11:12. Semifinals are rowed Friday morning, beginning at 8:12 a.m. Pacific, and the finals take place Saturday beginning at 4:30 a.m. Pacific. OSU will bring a varsity, junior varsity, and freshman eight.

HOW TEAMS QUALIFY FOR THE GRAND FINALS: A total of 24 crews will compete in the varsity and freshman classifications; the number of junior varsity boats is not yet determined. For the varsity and freshman eights, four six-boat heats will be raced Thursday morning, with the winner of each heat automatically qualifying for the semifinals on Friday. The remaining boats will row in one of four repechage heats Thursday afternoon, with the top two from each five-boat repechage advancing to the semifinals as well. A total of 12 boats make the semifinals. The top three boats from each of the two six-boat semifinals advance to the Grand Final on Saturday. The three boats that fail to advance from their semifinals row in Saturday's six-boat Petite Final.

LAST YEAR AT IRAS: OSU recorded the best finish at IRAs in the history of its program, with the varsity eight finishing fourth, the JV eighth, and the freshmen 10th. California won the team championship with 68 points.

LINEUP: Varsity eight (Coxswain to bow): C- Dylan Moro, S- Nick Scholz, Ryan Dillon, Chris Callaghan, Adam Wing, Brian Sinkbeil, Norman Wentworth, Andrew Milner, Erik Dresser.JV eight: C- Sara Shuler, Cheney Vidrine, Vic Follen, Michael Sparrow, Jordan Trimmer, Jay Schamber, Conor Bullis, Travis High, Andrew Wheeler.Novice eight: C- Jeff Sturgeon, Ben Vigil, Matt Wisbeck, Nick Besson, Lief Rinearson, Ryan Schanno, Jordan Roerig, Alex Rice, Greg Everett.

LAST ACTION: OSU finished second at the Pacific-10 Championships, edging out second-ranked Washington by one point with 54. The varsity eight finished third, seven seconds back of Washington in a time of 5:52.6. The novice eight took second overall, while the JV eight was fourth. The varsity four placed fifth.

HEAD COACH Kjell Oswald ON THE TEAM: 'All year long, our goal has been to increase the intensity on the team and put ourselves in position to compete at IRAs, and that's where we are. I think all three boats are talented enough to make their respective Grand Finals, but they'll have to row their best race to do it.'

OSU IN THE RANKINGS: Oregon State remained eighth in the May 21 USRowing poll.

TOUGH COMPETITION: Over the course of its schedule this year, OSU faces at least nine teams ranked in the USRowing top 20 poll either in head-to-head races or regattas. On the slate are No. 4 Cal, No. 3 Wisconsin, No. 2 Washington, No. 12 Princeton, No. 17 Yale, No. 15 Temple, No. 9 Rutgers, No. 13 Stanford, and No. 18 Michigan.

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