Beavers end the weekend on a positive note

April 3, 2005

Oregon State was in California for the second straight day, competing in the San Diego Crew Classic. Heat races were completed yesterday and the finals were held today. The Varsity and JV Eights were competing in the petite final, while the Novice Eight competed in the grand final.

The Varsity Eight lead from start to finish in their petite final, finishing in a time of 6:57.9. They held off a charge of Notre Dame who finished in a time of 6:58.56, and nationally ranked Texas who finished in a time of 6:59.97.

'I thought it went really well,' said Head Coach Charlie Owen, 'we had a few things to work on from the heat races, like maintain our speed in the second 500 meters. They came out in the finals and executed what we planned. They held off a couple tough boats in the last 215 meters and got the win.'

The JV Eight lead for most of the way in their petite final, winning in a time of 7:04.5. It was close throughout the whole race, but the beavers held on to win their final.

'The JV boat also made some changes after the heat races,' said Owen 'they came out and executed the plan and won a close race.'

The Novice Eight finished in third place in the grand final, finishing in a time of 7:12.83. They finished a little over a second after UCLA, who finished in second place.

'I think they did a fantastic job today,' said Owen, 'they were right there with the other boats, and for their first time competing against Pac-10 opponents they did a great job. I am really excited to see where they can be in a couple years.'

This weekend was a good evaluation of how the Pac-10 will shape up this year. With California, USC, Washington State, UCLA, and Stanford, as well as Oregon State competing this weekend.

'I think the Pac-10 is really tight this year,' said Owen, 'Washington hasn't raced yet, but they look to be fast. California look really good this weekend, and Stanford, USC, and UCLA are all good too. I think spots three through seven are all really close and anybody could finish anywhere.'

'Overall, I was happy with all the boats this weekend,' said Owen, 'you can look for us to continue this progress over the next couple weeks.'

Oregon State's next race is next weekend at the Covered Bridge Regatta in Eugene, Oregon at Dexter Lake.

Women's Varsity Eight Petite Final- Oregon State 6:57.9; Notre Dame 6:58.56; Texas 6:59.97; Loyola 7:07.82; Purdue 7:08.47;

Women's JV Eight Petite Final- Oregon State 7:04.5; Tennessee 7:07.35; Notre Dame 7:11.55; Miami 7:12.53; Sacramento State 7:13.63; K State 7:16.28;

Women's Novice Eight Grand Final- California 7:06.5; UCLA 7:11.53; Oregon State 7:12.83; SDSU 7:23.09; Texas 7:23.75; Washington State 7:27.33;

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