Women's Rowing Jumpstarts Spring Season Against Victoria

March 13, 2004

DEXTER, Ore. - -

Oregon State's varsity eight led the way with a come-from-behind victory over Canadian powerhouse University of Victoria on Saturday as the Beaver women's rowing team claimed four of five races at Dexter Reservoir to open the spring racing season.

The varsity eight, second varsity eight, and both novice boats won their races, with the varsity four losing a close sprint.

'I'm really pleased with the way the whole program raced today,' 13th-year OSU coach Charlie Owen said. 'This was a great start to the spring season for us.'

The varsity eight shook off a slow start to hang within six seats of Victoria until the 400-meter mark, when the Beavers used a final push to forge a lead. OSU held off a late charge to win by a nose, 7:11.30-7:11.72.

'I'm really excited for the varsity eight,' Owen said. 'They got behind early and came back strong. They kept up a higher stroke rate than what they'd been practicing - they worked well to stay even and then pull ahead at the end. It was great to come out on top against a tough boat.'

The second varsity eight grabbed the lead early and never looked back, winning by over 12 seconds with a time of 7:11.51.

The novice eight earned a win with a margin of 7:33.14-7:37.86, and the second novice eight won by over nine seconds.

The varsity four overcame some injuries to make Victoria earn a tough win, losing by less than six seconds.

'This was a fantastic start for us today,' Owen said. 'Everyone rowed hard, and we came out well against a very good Victoria crew.

'We'll have finals this week and then a good week of practice over Spring Break, and be ready for San Diego in April.'

OSU doesn't race again until the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic, April 3-4.

RESULTS

V8 - OSU 7:11.30; UVic 7:11.72

2V8 - OSU 7:11.51; UVic 7:24.27

V4 - Uvic 8:36.63; OSU 8:42.04

N8 - OSU 7:33.14; UVic 7:37.86

2N8 - OSU 7:48.04; UVic 7:57.18

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