OSU Men's Crew Hot On Huskies' Tail Heading Into Pac-10s

May 11, 2002

VANCOUVER, Wash. - If the Beavers are using Saturday's race as a stepping stone to the Pac-10 and National Championships, they have to like what they see. The OSU crew team is peaking at just the right time, as their performance against the top-ranked Washington Huskies shows.

OSU head coach Dave Reischman was pleased with how his crews matched up against some of the best rowers in the U.S.'Washington is ranked number one in the country for a very good reason: they're a very fast crew. We were able to hang tough. I don't know that we quite have the power yet that we need to counter some of their moves, but certainly the base speed is there. We are able to match them, stroke-for-stroke on base speed,' said Reischman.In the varsity eight race, OSU finished a mere 3.43 seconds off the impressive pace set by UW. The Beavers had a season-best time of 5:41.78.'I was pretty pleased with how our varsity raced down the course,' said Reischman. 'They got three quarters of a length on us in the first 300 meters, they took another move at 1000 meters where they got close to another half length on us. We were able to reel them back a little bit with our endurance skills, but obviously Washington's a very fast crew. Congrats to them.''I think it was our best effort thus far,' said varsity eight cox'n Emmy Gardner after their race. 'I think we can definitely get better. We always have things to work on and we want to get faster.'OSU varsity eight bowman Steven Hyde echoed his coxswain's comments. 'This was one of our more solid efforts,' said Hyde. 'We had some good pulse and rhythm, and a real strong finish. It was a good setup for Pac-10s next week.'The OSU novice eight finished second with a time of 6:02.46, 3.59 seconds ahead of the UW B crew and 11.21 seconds off the 5:51.25 pace set by the UW A crew.In the JV eight race, OSU turned in a time of 6:07.6, for third place. The UW A, B, and C crews had times of 5:58.3, 6:03.9, and 6:22.4, respectively.'Washington obviously has a lot of depth in their program and I think that showed today, especially in the freshman and JV races,' said Reischman.Reischman is confident that, beyond a bit of sharpening, his crews are ready for the Pac-10 race.'I think it's more of the same for us. The guys are doing a good job of practicing. We have time standards we set every practice, and they are hitting those standards and getting faster. We'll concentrate this week on getting rested up a little bit, so that we're ready to go.'The Beavers will see their next action May 19 at the Pac-10 Rowing Championships in Sacramento, Calif.TIMES:Varsity Eight: UW 5:38.35, OSU 5:41.78JV Eight: UW A 5:58.3, UW B 6:03.9, OSU 6:07.6, UW C 6:22.4Novice Eight: UW 5:51.25, OSU 6:02.46, UW B 6:06.05Varsity Four: UW 6:22.34, OSU 6
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