Men's Crew Loses By Three Seats To National Power Washington

March 31, 2001

SEATTLE, Wash. - - In its first race of the spring season, the Oregon State men's crew battled national power Washington as well as a severe crosswind on the waters of Montlake Cut before losing by three seats with a time of six minutes, 12 seconds. The Huskies rowed the 2,000-meter course in 6:11.

The conditions for the varsity race were so harsh that they prompted OSU coach Dave Reischman to say they were some of the roughest conditions he has seen.

'This was huge for us, to be this close to one of the nation's top programs, and I'd like to say we had a great race, but really neither of the boats did,' Rieschman said of the varsity eight race. 'The conditions were so rough they kind of turned the race into a street fight. These were some of the roughest conditions I've seen.

'The varsity eight did a tremendous job to have that margin against one of the top crews in the country. It was a real slugfest, and it just came down to guts. The second 1,000 meters was more raceable, but the first 1,000 was really not indicative of how these boats would race on a calmer course.'

OSU's varsity four won its race, as the Beavers finished in 7:20.0 for an open-water win over UW, but the JV and novice eights dropped their races.

'The varsity four was in a situation where the conditions were very rough - probably the second roughest of any of the races except for the varsity eight,' Reischman commented. 'They just gutted it out though.'

The JV eight finished in 6:18.0, behind both the UW `A' and `B' boats, which crossed the finish line in 5:59.0 and 6:12.0, respectively.

OSU's freshman `A' boat finished in 6:17.0, 11 seconds behind Washington's `A' boat. OSU `B' turned in a time of 6:47.0.

'The freshmen eight had a solid race against Washington, who is shaping up to be one of the strongest freshman crews in the country,' Reischman said. 'This was their (OSU's novice eight) first race, so they got their feet wet and mixed it up. They have great potential for improvement.

'The JV eight had a tough go of it. They got tossed around a little bit. They're not a power crew, so if they get knocked out of their rhythm, it's going to be tough, but I have a lot of confidence in that crew.'

TIMES

VARSITY EIGHT - UW 6:11.0, OSU 6:12.0

JV EIGHT - UW `A' 5:59.0, UW `B' 6:12.0, OSU `A' 6:18.0

FRESHMAN EIGHT - UW `A' 6:06.0, OSU `A' 6:17.0, UW'B' 6:23.0, UW `C' 6:42.0, OSU `B' 6:47.0

VARSITY FOUR - OSU 7:20.0, UW 7:26.0

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