Four Men's Rowers Garner Academic All-Pac-10 Acclaim

May 27, 2004

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - -

Nine women and four men represent their respective Oregon State rowing programs on the Academic All-Pacific-10 Teams announced Thursday.

On the men's side, Nick Besson (so., 3.38, Electrical Engineering), Jay Shamber (jr., 3.18, History/Sociology) and Jordan Trimmer (sr., 3.06, General Agriculture) were first team picks, while Alex Rice (Portland, Ore.) earned honorable mention.

Schamber was an honorable mention pick for the men's crew last year.

Kathleen Freeborn (graduate student, 3.88 GPA, Agriculture major), Kaitlyn Kernek (sr., 3.55, Liberal Studies), Stephanie Parker (so., 3.72, Exercise and Sport Science) and Nancy Raskauskas (jr., 3.79, Fisheries and Wildlife) were first team selections from the women's crew.

Michelle Bacon (so., 3.56, Fisheries and Wildlife)), Angelique Manning (jr., 3.06 Business Administration), Natasha Nemyre (jr., 3.39, International Business), Kristen Tomlinson (so., 3.62, Health Promotion and Education) and Kristin Tryon (jr., 3.03, Business Administration) made the second team.

For the women, Freeborn is a three-time first team selection, and is joined by two-time second-team members Nemyre and Tryon.

To be eligible for selection, rowers must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and row in a varsity boat.

Tryon and Nemyre were members of the varsity eight; Parker, Freeborn, Kernek and Tomlinson rowed in the second varsity eight; and Raskauskas, Bacon and Manning rowed the varsity four.

Trimmer was a varsity eight rower, and Besson, Rice and Schamber were in the second varsity eight.

In all, nine of the 14 rowers honored are from Oregon.

Freeborn hails from nearby Rickreall (Central HS), Manning is from Albany (Santiam Christian HS), and Raskauskas is a Corvallis native (Corvallis HS). Kernek (St. Mary's Academy) and Nemyre (Canby HS) are from Portland and Canby, respectively.

Trimmer attended Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, and Schamber went to Alsea High School. Besson is from Roseburg (Roseburg HS) and Rice is a Portland native (Grant HS).

The women's program has produced 53 academic all-conference rowers in the last five years. The Pac-10 only recognizes a men's first team and honorable mention, and OSU has placed 29 rowers on those squads in the same span.

The men's crew races at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships June 3-5 in Cherry Hill, N.J.

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