No. 8 OSU Ready for Tenth Straight Appearance At IRA Championships

May 28, 2004


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THIS WEEK: The No. 8 Oregon State men's crew will be competing in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships June 3-5 in Cherry Hill, N.J. on the 2,000-meter Cooper River course. This marks Oregon State's tenth consecutive showing at the IRA Championships.

Trial heats begin Thursday morning at 4:36 a.m. PST. Semifinals will be rowed Friday morning beginning at 8:12 a.m. PST, and the finals take place Saturday starting at 9:27 a.m. PST. The Beavers will bring a varsity, junior varsity, and freshman eight.

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.

Senior Jordan Trimmer, from Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, will be rowing in his final collegiate competition at the IRA Championships. Trimmer is a two-time letter winner and rowed with the JV eight the past two years, including the crew that placed seventh at last year's IRA Championships. Jordan's brother Seth earned four letters here at Oregon State from 1999-2002.

Junior Jay Schamber, from Alsea, Ore. just outside of Corvallis, was also a member of the JV eight that competed at last year's IRAs. Schamber has earned one letter and will row with the JV eight at this year's IRAs.

Junior Janna Billiter, who attended Corvallis High School, will coxswain the JV eight at the IRAs this year. Billiter was the coxswain for the novice eight that took eighth at last year's IRAs.

Oregon State's varsity eight finished ninth at last year's IRA National Championships. Harvard won the competition.

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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