Women's Crew Comes Up Short Against Washington

March 31, 2001

SEATTLE, Wash. - -

Harsh, choppy conditions and one of the nation's top crews proved to be too much to overcome for the Oregon State women's crew Saturday morning, as the varsity eight lost its race to Washington on the waters of Montlake Cut. The Beavers blasted through the chop in 7:23.8, but the Huskies finished the 2,000-meter course in 6:56.9.

Washington won all six races on the morning, sweeping the three varsity boats, as well as two novice races and one varsity four.

'Realistically, we didn't handle the conditions very well,' OSU coach Charlie Owen said. 'We struggled early on and were taken out of the race early. There was a pretty good cross-wind built up by the time the varsity eight raced, but it was very strong and the course was very tough for both boats. We just didn't adjust well enough.'

The second varsity rowed a solid race, as they came up 11.2 seconds short with a time of 7:04.7. The margin was an improvement over last year's time, when the Beavers lost by 16 seconds.

'Our other crews rowed pretty well,' Owen commented. 'The second varsity, in particular, raced well. The novice eight is developing nicely and is looking good as well.'

The novice eight finished in 7:17.9, just over 13 seconds behind UW's boat, while the second novice eight pushed UW, but its time of 7:52.8 wasn't enough to beat UW's 7:44.1.

In the varsity four race, OSU posted a time of 8:39.6 to finish behind UW's `A' and `B' boats, which turned in times of 8:10.7 and 8:13.5, respectively.

The Beavers will get a shot at UW again when they row in the San Diego Crew Classic next Saturday and Sunday, and then at the Pac-10 Championships in May.

'We'll be looking to do better when we see them later this year,' Owen said. 'We've got some things we need to correct in practice, and we'll work on those this week.'

TIMES

VARSITY EIGHT - UW 6:56.9, OSU 7:23.8

SECOND VARSITY - UW 6:53.5, OSU 7:04.7

THIRD VARSITY - UW 7:05.3, UW `B' 7:14.0, OSU 7:16.9, UW `C' 7:41.8

NOVICE EIGHT - UW 7:04.3, OSU 7:17.9

SECOND NOVICE EIGHT - UW 7:44.1, OSU 7:52.8

VARSITY FOUR - UW 8:10.7, UW `B' 8:13.5, OSU 8:39.6, UW `C' 8:56.9, OSU `B' 9:06.4, OSU `C'9:15.4

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