Crew Prepares for Pac-10's at Washington

April 30, 2005

SEATTLE, Wash. - Oregon State's 10th-ranked Men's Crew provided an apt challenge against Pac-10 powerhouse Washington Saturday morning at Seattle. Despite getting swept in four races, OSU had a strong showing particularly in the Varsity Eight.

'We went in knowing that University of Washington is among the best in the country,' said OSU head coach Fred Honebein. 'We wanted to execute a hard, aggressive race and our guys did that.'

The Varsity Eight race got off to a close start with the Beavers in the trail position. UW made a push to move away, but the Oregon State crew stayed strong closing the gap on the Husky boat. Washington's third-ranked crew pulled out again leading by nearly six seconds at the 1,500-meter mark. OSU made a final push to pull within a boat-length as they crossed the finish falling by only three seconds.

OSU's other three boats were also beaten by the Huskies with all of the boats finishing within 10 seconds of UW.

Oregon State has two weeks off from competition with its next action coming at the Pac-10 Championships at Lake Natoma, near Sacramento, Calif.

'The whole program can gain some seconds in the next few weekes while we get ready for Nationals,' said Honebein.

Saturday's regatta marks the end of the season for the Second Freshman Eight as the Pac-10 Championships does not include the event.

Oregon State at Washington Dual Regatta Results
Montlake Cut; Seattle, Wash.
Saturday, April 30, 2005
(all events were 2,000 meters)

Varsity Eight -- 1, UW 5:43.0. 2, OSU 5:46.0.
Junior Varsity Eight -- 1, UW 5:42.8. 2, OSU 5:52.5.
Freshman Eight -- 1, UW 5:58.5. 2, OSU 6:07.8.
Second Freshman Eight -- 1, UW 6:11.6. 2, OSU 6:17.7.

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