Men's Crew Advances to Semi-Finals at National Championships

May 31, 2001

Cherry Hill, NJ - All three Oregon State University men's crew teams remain in the mix for a top-12 finish after the first day of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships. The three-day event continues through Saturday at the 2,000-meter course on the Cooper River.

The No. 16 men's varsity eight cruised to a third-place finish in their heat with a time of 5:49.76. The team then captured second in the repechage, a race for teams that did not win their initial heat. In the repechage, the Beavers raced rival Washington to the wire before settling for second with a time of 5:42.73, and a place in Friday's semifinals.

'We used a survive and advance tactic in the first heat,' Beaver head coach Dave Reischman said. 'We decided we didn't need second-place before the race, and actually at the halfway mark we were pretty tight with Cornell. Cornell wanted that position, and once we felt we had third solidified, we conserved energy for the rest of the regatta. I hope we see Cornell again, we have the same kind of speed.'

The top three boats from each of the second day's semifinal round advance to the Grand Finals, which determines first through sixth, while the remaining boats race in the Petite Finals for seventh through 12th.

'I thought we raced stronger in the repechage, particularly the first and second 500 meters,' Reischman said. 'The same type of race unfolded as the morning heat, once we realized we had the position in hand, we didn't feel it was in our best interest to expend a lot of energy and catch Washington.'

The 12 teams in the semifinals now await a draw from the rowing committee to determine the six boats in each semifinal.

'The semifinals should be interesting, there will likely be about a second from the third place boat and sixth place,' Reischman explained. 'There are 10 crews capable of making the Grand Finals, and we are one of those 10. There are three crews that are definite favorites, than there are six or seven that are very even. For us to make the Grand Final it will take our best race of the year, but this crew has been up to the challenge all season.'

The second varsity advanced to the semifinals by finishing third in heat two, their only race of the day, with a time of 5:49.90. The Beavers edged fourth-place Yale by under one second.

'There was only one race at this level today, so it was more competitive and no team was worried about conserving energy,' Reishman said. 'What I like about this race is we were left for dead off the line and in last place by nearly a full length at the 500-meter mark. What I'm pleased about is they kept their poise and raced hard the rest of the way and did a terrific job. In fact, the crew practiced well into the evening after the race on their starts, looking to not repeat the opening race.'

The freshman eight rebounded from poor heat one, and improved their time by over 11 seconds in the repechage to advance in the championship round. The crew posted a 6:06.67 time in heat four for fifth-place, before regrouping for a 5:55.20 and first-place in the second race.'

'They didn't have their most clever race in the morning, but they put together a great effort in the afternoon,' Reischman said. 'The second race was the first time all year they had the kind of rhythm they need to compete at a high level, they showed a lot of speed.'

The semifinals begin at 8 a.m. PDT Saturday for the second varsity eight, the freshman eight race is at 11:48 a.m., and the varsity eight at 1:24 p.m. The varsity eight is looking to better OSU's top finish ever in the event, eighth in 1999.

'We accomplished our goals the first day, but now the slate is clean again,' Reischman said. 'We are in position to have one of our best championships showing, but we need to race smart.'

ResultsVarsity Eight

Heat 2 - Brown, 5:39.98, Cornell, 5:46, Oregon State, 5:49.76, Boston U., 5:52.26, Temple, 5:54.79, Georgetown, 6:02.3

Varsity Eight (Repechage)

Heat 2 - Washington, 5:42.27, Oregon State, 5:43.73, Syracuse, 5:46.46, Marist, 5:51.80, Rutgers, 5:55.08

Second Varsity Eight

Heat 2 - Brown, 5:42.0, Princeton, 5:46.40, Oregon State, 5:49.90, Yale, 5:50.70, Michigan, 5:51.10

Freshman Eight

Heat 4 - Princeton, 5:55.01, Northeastern, 5:58.07, Dartmouth, 6:02.76, Michigan, 6:03.9, Oregon State, 6:06.67

Freshman Eight (Repechage)

Heat 1 - Oregon State, 5:55.20, Rutgers, 5:57.20, Boston U., 6:04.00, Georgetown, 6:20.90

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