No. 8 OSU Challenges Top-Ranked California At Redwood Shores
The eighth-ranked Oregon State men's crew turned in its best effort of the season on Saturday morning, as the varsity eight finished its race with top-ranked California in 5 minutes, 47.7 seconds to finish less than seven seconds off Cal's pace of 5:41.4.
The varsity eight shaved roughly two seconds off its margin with Cal since the crews' previous meeting, when OSU placed third and Cal took first in the San Diego Crew Classic Grand Final on Apr. 7.
The varsity eight shrank the 14-second margin from last year's meeting with Cal at Redwood Shores by more than half.
The junior varsity eight race saw Cal extend the margin of victory, finishing in 5:52.2 compared to the Beavers' 6:05.3 on the 2,000-meter Redwood Shores course.
In the freshman eight race, the Beavers fell in a narrow loss with a time of 6:09.9 to Cal's 6:12.4.
'I think that for where we're at, we did some very good racing,' eighth-year head coach Dave Reischman said of his crew. 'The guys felt this was their best effort down the race course this year.
'Our guys did a good job of fighting every stroke down the race course in all of our races, and we stayed as close as we possibly could. I thought the guys did an excellent job.
'Congrats to Cal. There's a reason they're No. 1 in the country and expected to repeat as national champions - they are an exceptional crew.'
OSU races No. 15 Stanford Sunday morning before having a three-week layoff leading up to its showdown with Washington on the Beavers' home course, Lake Vancouver, on May 11.
VARSITY EIGHT - California 5:41.4, OSU 5:47.7
JV EIGHT - California 5:52.2, OSU 6:05.3
FRESHMAN EIGHT - California 6:09.9, Oregon State 6:12.4