No. 16 Varsity Eight Less Than Six Seconds Off No. 1 Washington's Pace

May 10, 2003

SEATTLE, Wash. - -

The No. 16 Oregon State women's varsity eight battled No. 1 Washington Saturday morning on Montlake Cut, losing a competitive race by 5.5 seconds.

The Beavers and Huskies rowed seven races, with UW capturing the win in each. The dual races were the teams' final competition before the Pacific-10 Conference Championships next Sunday, May 18 in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

OSU's varsity eight made a point of rowing its own race plan, according to coach Charlie Owen, and stayed close with UW early on. The Huskies pulled away in the final sprint to seal the win. OSU finished in six minutes, 38 seconds, and UW in 6:32.5.

'We made a definite improvement this weekend,' Owen said. 'We didn't win, but we rowed a better race than we did last week at Princeton. We tried to row our own race plan today.

'This was a respectable performance. We feel good about it, and we're looking forward to racing at Pac-10s next week.'

The second varsity eight finished in 6:56.6, also roughly six seconds - or two boatlengths - back of UW. As with the varsity eight, the race was close early, but UW pulled away in the sprint.

The third varsity, novice, and second novice eights lost their respective races, as did OSU's two varsity four squads.

RESULTS

V8 - UW 6:32.5; OSU 6:38.0

2V8 - UW 6:50.3; OSU 6:56.6

V4 - UW 'A' 7:35.6; UW 'B' 7:46.6; OSU 7:56.3

V4 'B' - UW 7:56.7; OSU 8:06.9

3V8 - UW 'A' 7:05.7; UW 'B' 7:20.5; OSU 7:28.5

N8 - UW 'A' 7:12.9; UW 'B' 7:16.5; OSU 7:26.9

2N8 - UW 7:28.1; OSU 7:46.7

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