No. 7 OSU Hosts Showdown With No. 3 Washington

May 7, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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THIS WEEK: The Oregon State men's rowing team enters the weekend owning its highest ranking in school history at No. 7 in the USRowing poll. OSU will put that ranking on the line in a showdown with Northwest rival and third-ranked Washington on Saturday, May 8 at Vancouver Lake, in Vancouver, Wash. Both the men's and women's programs will compete; racing begins at 10 a.m.

The Beavers have ranked as high as eighth on several occasions in recent years, and finished fourth at the 2002 IRA National Championships. However, no rankings were issued after the championships.

'We're taking this one race at a time,' second-year head coach Kjell Oswald said. 'We realize that anything can happen on a given weekend, and things can change. We try not to put too much stock in the rankings, but it's good for the program to be recognized.'

OSU opened the 2004 season 12th - the highest preseason ranking for the program. OSU defeated then-No. 8 Cornell and No. 13 Rutgers last week in New Brunswick, N.J., to jump five spots in the rankings.

DIRECTIONS TO VANCOUVER LAKE:

Traveling on I-5 north or south, exit at Fourth Plain Blvd., and head west.Stay on Fourth Plain - it will turn into NW Lower River Rd.Go straight through all intersections until the road veers sharp to the left.Go straight on dead-end road to Vancouver Lake Park.The entrance is on the right.

LINEUP: Varsity 8 (Coxswain to bow): C- Dylan Moro; S- Ben Vigil; 7- Matt Wisbeck; 6- Norman Wentworth; 5- Jordan Trimmer; 4- Ryan Schanno; 3- Chris Callaghan; 2- Adam Wing; B- Vic Follen

JV 8: C- Janna Billiter; S- Conor Bullis; 7- Travis High; 6- Greg Everett; 5- Jay Schamber; 4- Nick Besson; 3- Bryan Turner; 2- Dan Scholz; B- Alex Rice

Novice 8: C- Lindsay Conners; S- Damien Kohler; 7- Drew Eyster; 6- Ben Moser; 5- Ben Sherrett; 4- Mitch Ridge; 3- Adam Carlton; 2- Paul Long; B- Andy Ornberg.

Second Novice 8: C- Lauren Robles; S- Cassidy Becker; 7- Mike Kennedy; 6- Cameron Bailey; 5- Will Gustafson; 4- Ole Hoskinson; 3- Chris Imondi; 2- Bob Jenkinson; B- Nick Huntsman

Pair: Jason McKeown; Evan Sether.

THE COACHES: Kjell Oswald is in his second season as the head coach of the Oregon State men's rowing program after serving the previous two years as an assistant under former coach Dave Reischman.

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.

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