No. 8 Men's Rowing Ready For Pacific-10 Championships
May 15, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - -
SCHEDULE: The No. 8 Oregon State men's crew travels to Rancho Cordova, Calif., for the Pacific-10 Conference Championships this Sunday, May 18 on Lake Natoma. Racing will be done on the standard 2,000-meter course; Sacramento State hosts the championships. Finals will begin in the afternoon. Sunday morning heat schedule:
Varsity 4: 8:30 a.m. (vs. Cal, San Diego State, and Cal-San Diego)Novice 8: 8:50 a.m. (vs. Washington, Stanford, Cal-San Diego, and Oregon)JV 8: 9:50 a.m. (vs. Cal, Orange Coast College, Long Beach State, and UCLA)Varsity 8: 10:30 a.m. (vs. Washington, Long Beach State, USC, UCLA, Washington State, and Loyola Marymount).
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE: If selected, OSU will compete in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships May 29-June 1 on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. There is no automatic qualifier for the IRAs, but 24 teams are selected from across the country.
Novice eight: C- Jeff Sturgeon, Ben Vigil, Matt Wisbeck, Nick Besson, Lief Rinearson, Ryan Schanno, Jordan Roerig, Alex Rice, Greg Everett.
LAST ACTION: OSU took on No. 4 Washington Saturday, May 10 in Seattle, winning the novice eight race by over two seconds in a time of 6:09.8. The varsity eight's time of 6:03.6 was 2.6 seconds slower than UW, and the JV eight was eight seconds off UW's pace with a time of 6:09.5. The varsity four finished third among four boats.
OSU IN THE RANKINGS: Oregon State moved up three spots to 8th in the May 14 USRowing Poll, matching their highest ranking in program history. The Beavers were ranked eighth for much of last year as well.
TOUGH COMPETITION: Over the course of its schedule this year, OSU faces at least nine teams ranked in the USRowing top 20 poll either in head-to-head races or regattas. On the slate are No. 1 Cal, No. 3 Wisconsin, No. 4 Washington, No. 12 Princeton, No. 17 Yale, No. 14 Temple, No. 9 Rutgers, No. 15 Stanford, and No. 18 Michigan.
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