No. 11 OSU Gives No. 4 Washington All It Can Handle

May 10, 2003

SEATTLE, Wash. - -

Oregon State's No. 11 varsity eight rowing squad went head-to-head with No. 4 Washington Saturday morning on Montlake Cut, giving the Huskies a scare by finishing 2.6 seconds back of UW in a time of six minutes, 3.6 seconds.

'We made up some speed today,' OSU coach Kjell Oswald said. 'We raced well and were very aggressive, and our moves were effective today. We were able to make a strong push at the end and eat into Washington a little bit.

'The guys know what they need to do, and we feel we can gain a lot more speed over the next three weeks.'

The novice eight gave OSU its lone win of the day, winning by more than two seconds with a time of 6:09.8.

OSU kept within four seats of the UW novice eight over the first 1,000 meters and closed the gap to two by the 1,500-meter mark. OSU upped its stroke rate for the final sprint and was able to row through the Huskies down the stretch.

The OSU JV finished 8.5 seconds back of UW with a time of 6:09.5, and beat the UW 'B' boat by over 10 seconds.

OSU held close over the first 1,200 meters, but faded down the final 800 against one of the stronger JV crews in the nation.

The varsity four finished third in a four-boat race with a time of 6:55.5

OSU rows next at the Pacific-10 Championships May 18.

RESULTS

V8 - UW 6:01.0; OSU 6:03.6

JV 8 - UW 'A' 6:01.0; OSU 6:09.5; UW 'B' 6:20.2

V4 - UW 'A' 6:37.5; UW 'B' 6:47.5; OSU 6:55.5; UW 'C' 7:24.6

N8 - OSU 'A' 6:09.8; UW 'A' 6:12.0; UW 'B' 6:29.0; OSU 'B' 6:34.5

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