Beavers start their season off well in British Columbia

March 6, 2005

Oregon State opened up their season in Victoria, British Columbia this weekend at the Elk Lake Regatta. The Beavers start their season out on a positive note, winning the Varsity and Novice Eight races, and getting second in the JV Eight.

'All of our boats raced well this weekend,' Said Assistant Coach Kushlani de Soyza, 'it was a good way to start our season.'

The Varsity Eight got out to an early lead and kept it to win the race with a time of 6:19. They beat the University of Victoria who posted a time of 6:24 and the Canadian National Development Team who finished in 6:38.

'The Varsity Eight got off to the best start they have had all year,' said de Soyza ' and then they worked hard in the middle thousand to extend the lead and win the race.'

The JV Eight boat was very competitive in their race, trailing by only a few feet the whole race and finishing with a time of 7:02.3. They came in just behind the University of Victoria's A boat, who finished with a time of 7:01.0.

The Novice Eight boats also had good showings, with the A boat winning the race and finishing with a time of 6:49.0 and the B boat posting s 7:16.7 time. The A boat jumped out to a early lead and never let off winning the race by 22 seconds. The B boat was in the thick of the race battling with Simon Frasier and the University of Victoria's Novice Eight boats.

'They performed very well,' said Novice Eight Coach Annie Kakela 'but they also realize that there is still room for improvement. We want to have the best times possible.'

The next race for the women's crew is on March 26, vs. Washington State.

V8 - Oregon State 6:19; Victoria 6:24; Canadian National Team Development Boat 6:38

JV8 - Victoria 'A' 7:01.0; Oregon State 7:02.3; Victoria `B' 7:42.5; Shawnigan 7:47.6

N8 - Oregon State `A' 6:49.0; Simon Fraiser 7:11.6; Victoria 7:15.8; Oregon State `B' 7:16.7; British Columbia 7:24.7

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