Women's Crew to Race in San Diego Crew Classic

April 1, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State women's rowing is headed to Southern California this week to compete at the San Diego Crew Classic. This marks the 35th annual regatta in Mission Bay which will host many of the Beavers' Pac-10 opponents, several of which they will face multiple times before the Pac-10 Championships. The regatta will consist of preliminary qualifying heats on Saturday followed by the finals on Sunday.

'This race will be a great opportunity for us to see some of the best crews in the country early in the season,' head coach Emily Ford said. 'I expect the competition to be excellent and we will be ready for it. The team has been preparing well, so I look forward to watching how we execute on race day.'

In the preliminary races, the Varsity 8+ is set to race in heat 'A' of the Women's Collegiate Varsity group for the Jessop-Whittier Cup at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Second Varsity 8+ boat will begin at 10 a.m. in heat 'C' of the Women's Collegiate Junior Varsity group for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy. Lastly, at 10:30 a.m. the Novice 8+ will race in the 'A' heat of the Women's Collegiate Novice group for the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy.

Oregon State is fresh off a set of successful races in a dual regatta against Gonzaga in Washington. The Beavers fought hard to win four out of five races. Despite a tough battle, the First Novice 8+ crew came away 11.74 seconds ahead of its competition. Meanwhile, the Varsity 4+ A and B, and Second Varsity 8+ boats also came away victorious.

Although the team did not row in the Crew Classic last season, it is coming off a successful showing in 2007 when the novice 8+ boat claimed victory in their qualifying heat by 20 seconds, marking the fifth fastest time of the day. The boat later earned a fourth place overall finish.

The races will be webcasted on http://crewclassic.org/video

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