No. 13 OSU Flexes Its Muscles In Crew Classic Finals

April 7, 2002

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - -

Oregon State's No. 13-ranked men's crew program made a strong case for a jump into top-10 on Sunday afternoon with a third-place finish in the varsity eight Copley Final at the San Diego Crew Classic, just seconds behind No. 3 Washington and No. 1 California.

The varsity eight upended two other crews ranked ahead of it with its time of 5:42.24, beating No. 9 Yale and No. 12 Temple along with No. 17 Stanford in a high-powered showcase of many of the nation's fastest crews.

Both the JV and novice eights raced in their respective finals Sunday afternoon, with the JV finishing fourth and the novice fifth.

'The varsity eight raced well, the JV maybe not as solid, but it's a good starting spot,' eighth-year head coach Dave Reischman said. 'We beat two crews that were ranked ahead of us and we were less than two seconds off of the No. 3-ranked team in the country. This was a good result, but we're not going to make too much of it. We showed some speed, and now it's up to us to do something with it the rest of the year.'

In the Copley Cup Final, the varsity eight fell into fifth after the first 500 meters, barely trailing Temple and Yale, who were neck-and-neck for third. OSU kept up its stroke rate and managed to out-last the East Coast Crews over the final 500 and edge out Temple for third by less than a second. Cal earned the win in 5:35.62, followed by Washington at 5:40.44 and OSU at 5:42.24.

The result had OSU senior Mark Squire happy with the performance and the potential for the rest of the season.

'It was exciting. It looks good for the rest of the season, but we can't get complacent,' Squire said. 'This is a great starting spot though. I'm happy with it.

'We've come together pretty well this year,' Squire continued. 'We don't have the power that we had last year, so we're going to have to get the (stroke rate) rating up and keep it there for the whole race. We're not going to have that burst of power like we had last year,' he said, referring to last year's bulkier, power-oriented crew. This year's squad will rely more on endurance throughout its races.

In the JV final, OSU held the fourth position throughout the race and finished in 6:07.75, as both Cal and Washington battled for the win, with UW squad winning by two seats in 5:47.60.

The novice eight was fifth for most of its race, but was tight with both the Stanford and Orange Coast College boats before they nosed ahead over the last 500 meters. OSU finished in 6:21.99 while Washington took the win by four seconds over California with a time of 5:59.70.

OSU races again next weekend when it travels to Madison, Wis., to take on No. 6 Wisconsin and Michigan.

MEN'S COPLEY EIGHT FINAL (VARSITY EIGHT) - 1. California 5:35.62, 2. Washington 5:40.44, 3.Oregon State 5:42.24, 4. Temple 5:43.13, 5. Yale 5:50.42, 6. Stanford 6:02.88.

JV EIGHT FINAL - 1. Washington 5:47.60, 2. California 5:48.40, 3. California 'B' 6:02.19, 4. Oregon State 6:07.75, 5. Yale 6:11.05, 6. Stanford 6:30.03.

NOVICE EIGHT FINAL - 1. Washington 5:59.70, 2. California 6:03.89, 3. Stanford 6:18.57, 4. Orange Coast College 6:20.87, 5. Oregon State 6:21.99, 6. George Washington 6:31.29.

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