No. 8 OSU Loses Tight Race At No. 6 Wisconsin

April 13, 2002

MADISON, Wis. - -

In a showdown between two of the nation's top 10 crews, No. 8-ranked Oregon State lost a close varsity eight race to No. 6 Wisconsin, but soundly defeated Michigan in a three-boat race Saturday on Lake Mendota.

The Beavers' varsity eight finished the 2,000-meter course in 5 minutes, 59.98 seconds, just over three seconds off the Badgers' pace of 5:56.48. OSU had several lengths on Michigan, which finished in 6:14.45.

Wisconsin also got the best of OSU in very close junior varsity and freshman eight races, in both of which all three boats finished within four seconds of each other.

'First off, congratulations to Wisconsin's varsity and JV,' OSU coach Dave Reischman said. 'They rowed exceptional races, and they are very good crews.

'As far as our races, we were disappointed in the varsity race. We thought we could do a better job than we did in the first 500. We gave up the margin in the first 500 meters of the race and it just sort of stayed there. We were never really able to get back into it like we needed to with Wisconsin.'

The JV showed improvement over its performance last week in San Diego, but its time of 6:16.10 put it just a seat behind second-place Michigan, who finished in 6:15.75. Wisconsin crossed the line in 6:11.09 to earn the win.

'The JV had a little better finish than they did last week,' Reischman said. 'They had better rhythm and stability, and the conditions were close to perfect, so that helped a little.

'We thought we could have figured out a way to make some moves and press a little harder throughout the middle of the race. We need to do that as we get ready for IRAs later in the year.'

The freshman eight also rowed stronger than in San Diego, taking third in 6:20.44 and finishing less than a second off Wisconsin's second-place time of 6:19.70. Michigan earned its only win of the day in this race, as its freshmen rowed to a time of 6:16.20.

'The freshman race was close all the way down the course,' Reischman said. 'Not too often in freshman races do you see all the crews within four seconds of each other throughout the entire race. There was overlap all the way down the course.

'It was a better go for them than in San Diego. They were more solid and had a better rhythm. They're a young crew, and they just need to develop as we go through the season.'

OSU rows again next Saturday when they take on No. 16 Stanford and No. 1 California at Redwood Shores, Calif.

TIMES

VARSITY EIGHT - Wisconsin 5:56.48, Oregon State 5:59.98, Michigan 6:14.45.

JV EIGHT - Wisconsin 6:11.09, Michigan 6:15.75, Oregon State 6:16.10.

FRESHMAN EIGHT - Michigan 6:16.20, Wisconsin 6:19.70, Oregon State 6:20.44.

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