No. 13 OSU Takes On No. 2 California, No. 16 Stanford
April 16, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore.- -
THIS WEEK: Oregon State men's crew heads to Redwood Shores, Calif. for races against California and Stanford, Apr. 17-18. The Beavers face the Golden Bears Saturday morning and the Cardinal on Sunday morning.
Competition will be tough against the Cal team that took first place in the Copley Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic less than two weeks ago. The Beavers took fifth and Sunday's opponent Stanford came in sixth.
'We are looking forward to racing down there this weekend,' said head coach Kjell Oswald.
'Redwood shores is always a great venue and our guys really enjoy competing against Cal.'
The Beavers will send three boats to the competition, including varsity, junior varsity, and freshman/novice eights. Here's a look at OSU's race schedules for Saturday and Sunday:
SATURDAY (vs. Cal)
VARSITY: 10:10 a.m.
JUNIOR VARSITY: 10:20 a.m.
FRESHMAN/NOVICE: 10.30 a.m.
SUNDAY (vs. Stanford)
VARSITY: 9:00 a.m.
JUNIOR VARSITY: 9:15 a.m.
FRESHMAN/NOVICE: 9:20 a.m.
The lineup for OSU's varsity eight boat is (C - Coxswain, S - Stroke, B - Bow): C - Dylan Moro, S - Ben Vigil, 7 - Chris Callaghan, 6 - Jordan Trimmer, 5 - Adam Wing, 4 - Matt Wisbeck, 3 - Norm Wentworth, 2 - Vic Follen, B - Ryan Schanno.
Freshman/Novice: C - Lindsay Conners, S - Ben Moser, 7 - Drew Eyster, 6 - Ben Sherrett, 5 - Mitch Ridge, 4 - Adam Carlton, 3 - Damien Koehler, 2 - Andy Ornberg, B - Paul Long.
Oswald joined the Oregon State staff in August of 2000 after a coaching internship at Princeton University, where he worked with both the varsity and freshman programs.
'Kjell has been a huge part of the success Oregon State has had in men's rowing over the past two seasons,' OSU Athletic Director Bob De Carolis said of Oswald's hiring. 'Through his work as an assistant, Kjell has demonstrated the capabilities needed to be an outstanding head coach.'
As an assistant at OSU, Oswald's freshman boats placed 10th at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association national championships in 2002 and eighth the year before.
Prior to his internship at Princeton, Oswald coached the Lakeside High School (Seattle, Wash.) girl's varsity crew to a fourth-place finish nationally in 1999. Oswald guided Lakeside from fourth in the Northwest Region when he took the helm in 1995 to first in 1999.
Oswald rowed collegiately at perennial powerhouse Washington from 1993-94, but his career was cut short by a back injury midway through his sophomore year. He began coaching the following season.
Oswald also spent time interning with the U.S. National Team, and he brings a wealth of recruiting savvy to the program in addition to his coaching ability.
Oswald graduated from the University of Washington in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in history and an emphasis in the history of science.
Steve Todd joined the Oregon State men's rowing program as the assistant coach in the fall of 2002 after a one-year stint at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., where he served as the men's freshman coach.
Todd's primary responsibilities at OSU are developing the incoming novice walkons and recruits, as well as assisting with the development of the varsity squad.
'Steve brings an intensity to the freshman program,' OSU head coach Kjell Oswald said. 'The freshmen who make it through the first year under Steve's guidance will come to the varsity program with a much better grasp of the work ethic we're looking for. He has tremendous knowledge of racing at the highest level of our sport.'
Prior to coaching at Georgetown, Todd was an intern coach and boathouse manager at the University of Washington for two seasons from 1999-2001.
As the assistant freshman coach during that time, and helped guide the freshman boat to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association national championship in 2001 and a silver medal in 2000.
Todd's collegiate rowing career included helping Washington's varsity eight earn medalist honors in 1998 and 1999. As a member of the junior varsity in 1997, his boat won the IRA national championship and the Huskies swept all three major races at the IRAs. He rowed for Washington from 1996-99.
Todd's boat and the Washington crew also won the Pacific-10 Championship in 1997.
In the same year, Todd competed in the Henley Royal Regatta in the Temple Cup event.
A native of Kirkland, Wash., Todd graduated from the University of Washington in 2000 with a degree in Speech Communication with an emphasis in organizational and small group communication.