Men's Crew Cruises In San Diego

April 7, 2001

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - - For the second week in a row, the Oregon State men's crew had to fight through rough conditions, and for the second week in a row, the 16th-ranked Beavers came through with flying colors. OSU's varsity eight finished third in their heat race at the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic on Saturday in a time of 5:52.6 before racing was suspended due to rough water on the 2,000-meter Mission Bay course.

The varsity eight race was tight all the way, as Washington won in a time of 5:49.5, while Wisconsin crossed the line a few seats behind at 5:51.0. OSU's time of 5:52.6 was its fastest of the year.

The varsity eight will race Sunday in the Grand Final (places 1-6), as will the JV eight and the novice eight. The JV eight took third in its heat, finishing behind Cal and Penn in a time of 6:28, while the Novice boat sped to the finish in 6:17 to take second. Washington won the novice race, but OSU cut 12 seconds off the margin from last week's race in Seattle.

'We had a good day,' OSU coach Dave Reischman commented. 'We put three crews in the Grand Final, and we've never done that before. It's going to be some tough racing tomorrow, there's some fast boats here.'

California won the other varsity eight heat race in a time of 6:05.0 en route to recording the fastest time of the day.

TIMES

VARSITY EIGHT - 1. Washington, 5:49.5, 2. Wisconsin, 5:51.0, 3. Oregon State, 5:52.6, 4.Temple, 5:54.4, 5. Purdue, 6:06.0.

JV EIGHT - 1. California, 6:07, 2. Penn, 6:26, 3. Oregon State, 6:28, 4. UC-Davis, 6:55, 5. UC-Santa Barbara, 7:21.

NOVICE EIGHT - 1. Washington 6:10, 2. Oregon State 6:17, 3. Stanford 6:29, 4. UC-Davis 6:31, 5. San Diego 6:42, 6. USC 6:45

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