Pac-10 Announces Rowing Honors

June 18, 2004

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- OREGON STATE's Kjell Oswald and WASHINGTON's Bob Ernst were named Pacific-10 Conference Men's Rowing Co-Coaches of the Year while Dave O'Neill of CALIFORNIA was named Pac-10 Women's Rowing Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

WASHINGTON junior Greg King was named Pac-10 Men's Rowing Newcomer of the Year, while CALIFORNIA freshman Neela Bushnell was named the Women's Newcomer of the Year.

Ernst led the Washington men to their first Pacific-10 Conference team title since 1997 and a second-place finish at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championships this year. At the Pac-10 Championships, the Husky men claimed their second straight varsity eight title en route to sweeping all three varsity events. UW also won the second varsity eight and varsity four events. Ernst guided UW to two gold medals and one silver medal at the IRA regatta, the highest combined finishes by the Huskies' fleet of crews since 1997. Washington took top honors in the second varsity eight and varsity four races, and finished second to Harvard in the varsity eight. Having just completed his 30th season at UW, including his 17th year as the men's coach, Ernst has led the Huskies to nine Pac-10 championships. The Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor is the 10th of his career and second in the last two seasons.

Under Oswald's tutelage, the Oregon State men placed third in the overall team standings at the Pac-10 Championships. The Beavers garnered third-place finishes in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and frosh/novice eight events. At the IRA regatta, the Beavers placed ninth, tying their third-best performance at the national championships. Oswald just completed his second season as the head coach at OSU. The Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor is the first of his career and first for an Oregon State rowing coach, men's or women's.

O'Neill led the Golden Bear women's rowing team to its first-ever Pac-10 crown, winning three of the four events. California captured the varsity eight title with a time of 6:43.8, finishing 3.8 seconds ahead of second-place Washington. The Golden Bears also captured gold medals in the second varsity eight and novice eight races. At the NCAA Championships in Rancho Cordova, Calif., O'Neill guided the Golden Bears to a fourth-place finish, their best team finish since 2000, when they also placed fourth. Cal's second varsity eight captured the silver medal, while the varsity four placed fifth and the varsity eight finished sixth at NCAAs. Having just completed his sixth season at the helm of the Golden Bear program, O'Neill has guided Cal to six consecutive team invitations to the NCAA Championships. His varsity eight has placed among the top-five nationally four times. The Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor is the second of his career, as he also earned the distinction in 1999.

The 2004 All-Pac-10 Rowing teams are listed below:

MEN'SMatt Altman, STANRobert Austerman, CALJesse Bauman, CALDanny Breurck, WSUSam Burns, WASHChris Callaghan, OSUAndrew Derrick, WASHMax Frasca, CALDavid Hampton, UCLAGiuseppe Lanzone, WASHBrett Newlin, WASHBen Strawn, OREAdam Wing, OSU

WOMEN'SMonica Grova, UCLASanda Hangan, WASHMartha Helgeland, CALWendy Hoeveler, STANAndrea Korom, USCJessica Patak, CALErin Patterson, WSUMary Reeves, WASHYvonneke Stenken, WASHAndria Shook, USCLaura Terheyden, CALKaylan Vander Schilden, CALJulia White-Hoppe, OSU

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