No. 20 OSU Drops Tight Races To No. 8 Cal, No. 6 Stanford

April 20, 2002

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. - -

Oregon State's 20th-ranked women's crew went up against two of the nation's best on Saturday in a showcase of Pac-10 powerhouses, dropping very tight races to No. 8 California in the morning and No. 6 Stanford later in the afternoon.

The JV and novice eights captured wins against both Stanford and Cal, while the varsity four knocked off Stanford.

In the varsity eight races, Cal earned a hard-fought win in the morning by little more than a boat length over the Beavers, as OSU finished in 6 minutes, 37.50 seconds, less than four seconds off Cal's 6:33.90 pace.

Later in the afternoon, OSU was back at it again and facing the nation's No. 6 team, Stanford, along with a stiff headwind. The Cardinal made a move early to open a lead, but OSU closed the gap down the stretch to make the final margin 7:26.04 - 7:28.30 in favor of Stanford.

'The varsity eight rowed very well,' 11th-year coach Charlie Owen said. 'Cal and Stanford are two top-10 programs. Cal was coming off a loss last week and rowed like they had something to prove, but we were very close with them.

'It's a little frustrating right now. We haven't been able to win a race yet against these top teams, but we're right there.

'There are six crews in the Pac-10 that are very fast and have been competitive throughout the country. We showed we're right there with Stanford and Cal. Crews this strong should make for a very exciting Pac-10 Championship. As we look forward to the NCAA selections, hopefully a lot of crews from our region will be selected because this region is so competitive.'

The JV eight earned a down-to-the-wire win over Cal with a time of 6:46.07, edging the Bears by 2.81 seconds. OSU then left little doubt in its afternoon win over Stanford, claiming a 7:40.81 - 7:53.68 win.

'The JV stepped it up and beat very fast Stanford and Cal crews,' Owen commented. 'The novice eight rowed very well today as well, throughout the race they showed they were a very strong crew.'

The novice eight swept Cal's 'A' and 'B' boat, winning by more than two seconds with a time of 7:00.62. Stanford suffered a similar fate, as OSU won by several lengths with a time of 7:48.40.

The varsity four, working with a shuffled lineup, rowed to a second-place finish against Cal's 'A' squad with a time of 8:00.55, enough to beat Cal's 'B' boat by 36 seconds.

OSU won the afternoon varsity four 'A' race, crossing the line nearly 20 seconds before the Cardinal with a time of 7:48.40. Stanford won the 'B' race by 28 seconds with a time of 8:53.21.

OSU's next action comes Sunday, April 28 when it heads to Clemson, S.C., for a race against Clemson and No. 18 Duke.

OSU VS. CAL

VARSITY 8 - Cal 6:33.90, OSU 6:37.50

JV 8 - OSU 6:46.07, Cal 6:48.88

NOVICE 8 - OSU 7:00.62, Cal 'A' 7:03.03, Cal 'B' 7:30.00

V4 W/COXSWAIN - Cal 'A' 7:44.18, OSU 8:00.55, Cal 'B' 8:36.14

OSU VS. STANFORD

V8 - Stanford 7:26.04, OSU 7:28.30

JV 8 - OSU 7:40.81, Stanford 7:53.68

NOVICE 8 - OSU 7:48.40, Stanford 8:20.04

V4 'A' - OSU 8:43.16, Stanford 9:02.06

V4 'B' - Stanford 8:53.21, OSU 9:21.44

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