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Headed downstream during a warmup before the dual meet with the U of Washington team is Shawn Stein-meit , Ed Grose, Scott Stream. John Wineman, Charlie Owen. Scott Telford, Dan McGill and Chris Somers, all members of the men's Varsity Lightweight 8.
Shane Petersen and Jeff Petersen, members of the Varsity Men's 8, warm up heading downstream on the river before they begin their 116 hour work out.
Varsity Men's 8 member Gerry McBarron puts oars in the oar rack in the new shell house at the top of the bank.
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Standing on a frost covered dock, two crew members deliberate over the dilemma of having cold feet or wet socks before entering their shell for morning practice.
The Varsity 8 men wear sweats while warming up at 6:00 a.m., and jog for about 20 minutes before entering the water for their daily practice.
Rowing full power for 10 minutes during a "power piece" conditioning exercise is Chris Somers, Paul Jen-ning and Gerry McBarron.
in history," said Emigh. "Six out of seven men's crews qualified and the women qualified four boats for the finals."
OSU also medaled (top three) in five events, which was the most ever.
The women traveled to Sacramento, California on May 30 to compete in Nationals. The women placed a strong fourth in both the varsity four and the varsity lightweight four.
The men's nationals were held in Albany, New York on June 13-14. OSU placed fourth in the lightweight eight category.
Rowing is the only sport that offers the general student body the opportunity to participate at the varsity level," noted Emigh. "Previous credentials aren't a determinant. You can have a successful program without previous experience."
Emigh added that dedication played a large part in the success of the team. And dedicated they were!
The crew season lasted from October to June with members working out stren-ously the entire time. During the fall, athletes practiced five days per week. In January, this was increased to six
days a week, often with workouts twice a day.
Most of the workouts involved weight lifting and stair running, but predictably, a large part of the workout involved rowing, often 40-80 miles per week. Because the legs provided most of the driving force, a lot of emphasis was palced on strengthening the legs.
"They emphasize the technical part," said 22-year-old Zoology major MacVVhisler. The technique was important. Emigh claimed that oarsmen were continually looking for the perfect form.
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After sleeping in on a Saturday morning, novice men launch a 280 lb„ 60' shell into the Willamette River for a weekend practice session.
After practice, the 7V lb., 12W long carbon fiber blades are housed upright in the new boat house.
Novice light weights hands are taped before practice on double-day workout to prevent blisters from getting worse for Sharon Pickens and Shelena Hofmann.
Students were able to become acquainted with the sport of crew through P.E. classes.
"We teach everyone how to row in a P.E. class," said Emigh. "People who want to continue can elect to do that."
When the racing season arrived, rowers were selected on the basis of running, weight lifting and rowing tests.
Awards for the women went to Shannon Staehlin, Outstanding Novice; Candace Walters, Outstanding Lightweight; Peggy McDowell, Outstanding Openweight; Tanya Essman
and Sandy Beyer, Most Improved; and Robin Cooper, Most Inspirational and Outstanding Senior.
For the men's team, awards were received by Ed Grose, Most Improved Oarsman; Sam Davis, Outstanding Novice; Mac Whisler, Outstanding Junior Varsity Heavyweight; Tucker Green, Outstanding Junior Varsity Lightweight; Dan McGill and Chris Somers, Outstanding Lightweight Oarsmen; and Jeff Petersen, Outstanding Senior Oarsman and Outstanding Heavyweight Oarsman.
Tucker Green, a 20-year-old
sophomore in Business, received the Outstanding JV Lightweight award. Before coming to OSU, he rowed for three years in a Los Gatos Rowing Club.
"I've never been on more of a team," commented Green. "Practice is even,’ day of the year, two to five hours per day."
Whisler's comments were much the same. He noted the 5:30 a.m. practices during finals week. "It takes some time — 20 to 30 hours per week. But it's really difficult to leave it after you've been rowing for as long as I have." □ bv Laura Larsen
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