Women's Crew Opens Season With Strong Performance In Portland

Nov. 3, 2001

PORTLAND, Ore. - - The Oregon State women's crew opened up its season at the Portland Loop on Saturday, taking on Washington in the Championship Eight race.

In the Championship Eight, the Beavers gave the Huskies - arguably the nation's fastest boat this year - all they could handle on the 4 � mile course, finishing with a time of 22:25.85. The Huskies finished in 21:27.03.

The OSU JV eight rowed to second place in the Open Eight with a time of 22:49.27, just 38 seconds off the UW JV's pace of 22:11.52.

The Beavers' freshman eight took third in 22:19.32, and the third varsity eight was fifth, behind Oregon, in 24:56.60.

'It was a fair start to the season,' 11th-year OSU coach Charlie Owen said. 'It wasn't disappointing, but there is always room to improve.'

Owen also felt his crew rowed better than they did at this race last year, though the margin against Washington was nearly the same.

'Washington is definitely a National Championship-caliber crew,' Owen said. 'They could legitimately be the fastest boat in the nation. We were about the same distance back as last year, though I think we may have rowed better than last year at this race.'


CHAMPIONSHIP EIGHT: UW 21:27.03, OSU 22:25.85

OPEN EIGHT: UW JV 22:11.52, OSU JV 22:49.27, OSU FROSH 22:19.32, OREGON 24:43.50, OSU 3V 24:56.60.

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