Women's Crew Gives No. 1 Washington A Scare

May 11, 2002

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- - Once again showing they can compete with the best in collegiate rowing, the Beavers wrapped up their regular season schedule with a strong performance against the Washington Huskies Saturday afternoon.

'I'm really excited about how we did today. Our varsity and JV were really close with Washington, and they are the top team in the country,' said OSU head women's coach Charlie Owen.In perhaps the most exciting race of the meet, the Beavers varsity four B crew finished first, with a time of 7:34.0. The OSU A crew held second place for most of the race, but was edged out by the UW A crew only a few feet at the finish line. The UW B crew crossed the line soon after, with only the OSU C crew finishing behind the pack. Less than 2.5 seconds separated first place from fourth in the varsity four heat.'The varsity four race was really exciting. It was great to come out on top in a race. You don't get many opportunities to beat Washington, and it was great to see,' said Owen after the meet.The Beavers varsity eight had one of its best races of the season, finishing with a time of 6:28.39, only 5.29 seconds off the pace set by the Huskies. Washington's varsity eight is ranked first in the country. OSU's JV eight finished even closer to its UW counterpart. The Beaver JV eight finished second with a time of 6:35.28, a mere 3.08 seconds behind the Husky A crew and 5.45 seconds ahead of the Husky B crew.Owen sees Saturday's race as a positive sign heading into the Pac-10 Championships.'We were five seconds off [Washington's pace] in the varsity. The tailwind makes it a little bit closer, but we did something today that we can hopefully build on going into the Pac-10s,' said Owen. 'I was just excited with the way we rowed.'Oregon State's novice women also seemed to enjoy the sunny skies and enthusiastic crowd. The Beaver 1st novice eight fought the Huskies all the way down the course, finishing only 4.69 seconds off the pace, with a time of 6:45.89. OSU finished third in the 2nd novice eight race, turning in a time of 7:35.21.Even OSU men's head coach Dave Reischman had nothing but good things to say about the Beaver women's performance. 'Congrats to our women's crews,' said Reischman. 'Washington has been dominating everybody, and our women were able to pretty much stay with them down the race course. My hat is off to them.'The Beavers see their next action May 19 at the Pac-10 Rowing Championships in Sacramento, Calif.

TIMES:Varsity Eight: UW 6:23.10, OSU 6:28.39JV Eight: UW A 6:32.20, OSU 6:35.28, UW B 6:40.731st Novice Eight: UW 6:41.20, OSU 6:45.892nd Novice Eight: UW A 7:20.10, UW B 7:33.11, OSU 7:35.21Varsity Four: OSU B 7:34.00, UW A 7:35.40, OSU A 7:35.76, UW B 7:36.48, OSU C 7:48.40Novice Four: UW 8:10.7, OSU 8:19.04

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