Varsity Eight Advances to Semifinals at IRAs

June 2, 2005

CAMDEN, N.J. - Oregon State's Men's Varsity Eight rowed one of its best races of the year when it counted the most Thursday morning at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships. The Beavers efforts on the Cooper River at Camden, N.J. garnered a second place finish in their heat, trailing only Harvard.

The Beavers got out to a quick start leading heavily favored Harvard through 700 meters. As expected Harvard put together a push shortly after to move up and pulled away. The Beavers, meanwhile, rowed a strong race holding off Cornell by one-second and beating favored Brown by five-seconds.

'The varsity boat rowed a spectacular race,' said Head Coach Fred Honebein. 'We wanted to make sure that we qualified for the semifinals and we definitely went out there and accomplished that.'

The Varsity Crew has the rest of the day off, before racing Friday in the second semifinal.

OSU's Second Varsity Eight and the Freshman Eight didn't fare as well in their heats Thursday morning, but each have an opportunity to move on later in the day in repechages. The Second Varsity boat rows against University of Pennsylvania, Boston University, Michigan and Minnesota in 'Rep 1' at 4:36 p.m. EST. The freshmen race against Georgetown, Virginia, and MIT in 'Rep 3' at 4:12 p.m. EST.

2005 IRA MEN'S ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPSJUNE 2, 2005, COOPER RIVER, CAMDEN, N.J.

Varsity Eight - Heat 31. Harvard 5:58.152. Oregon State 6:04.703. Cornell 6:05.794. Brown 6:09.845. Holy Cross 6:10.156. Florida Tech 6:19.27

Second Varsity Eight1. Cornell 6:09.282. Northeastern 6:16.173. Syracuse 6:21.594. Oregon State 6:26.11

Freshman Eight1. Washington 6:08.032. Brown 6:09.953. Wisconsin 6:10.944. Rutgers 6:23.265. Oregon State 6:27.336. Marist 6:28.03

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