No. 16 Beavers Advance To Finals At IRA Championships

June 5, 2009

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - Oregon State’s No. 16 Varsity 8+ men’s crew raced to a second place showing in its semifinal race, and both the Freshman 8+ and Open 4+ advanced to the finals during the second day of competition on Lake Natoma at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships on Friday.

The Beavers V8+ underwent a lineup change on Friday, with sophomore Sam Schwartz replacing Robby Ewing and rowing in the two-seat. Needing a third place finish or higher to advance to the Third Level Final, the V8+ got off to a strong start by taking the lead in a tightly packed heat. After 1000 meters, OSU held a margin of 0.17 seconds over 13-seed Navy, while third place San Diego (22) and fourth place Holy Cross (22) were within 1.1 seconds of the Beavers. All four crews were bow-to-bow over the next 500 meters, before the Midshipmen managed to push away from the pack and snatch a 2.56-second victory. The Beavers were close behind and held off the Toreros for second place by 0.21 seconds.

“They (the V8+) raced a solid race today for the first 1000 meters,” said head coach Steve Todd. “We need to work hard to have a good full piece tomorrow and give us a great finish to the regatta.”

The top-three finish sends the Beavers V8+ to the Third Level Finals, to be raced on Saturday at 11:45 a.m PDT. There the Beavers will race against George Washington (No. 12), Navy, Princeton (17), Gonzaga (19), and San Diego for a chance at a top-15 overall finish.

Oregon State’s 15-seeded F8+ took the water at 9:35 a.m. in their repechage. Pac-10 rivals California (4) and Stanford (8) took the early lead in the race, with Northeastern (12) and the Beavers close behind. As the race developed, the OSU continued to pull away from fifth place George Washington (17), but were unable to gain on Stanford or Northeastern to crack into the top three.

Its fourth place finish in the repechage sends the Beavers F8+ to the Third Level Finals on Saturday. There they will face off against MIT (11), Boston (13), Gonzaga (16), George Washington, and UC San Diego (18) in a race beginning at 8:24 a.m. PDT.

The Beavers’ O4+ changed its lineup before the repechage, moving freshman Drew Wilkerson into the boat. The new-look Beavers were unable to mount a comeback after falling behind early to California, Princeton, and Harvard. The finish sends the O4+ to the Petite Finals, where they will race against Harvard, George Washington, and Cornell in a race that begins at 8:48 a.m.

“The four just has to get used to their lineup,” said Coach Todd. “Hopefully they will improve in the finals tomorrow after getting some practice together.”

For more information, including links to live split times and a video feed of the race, go to row2k.com. Check back with osubeavers.com tomorrow for Oregon State’s final results at the IRA Championships.

Results
Varsity 8+ - C Semifinal

1. Navy 6:11.60
2. Oregon State 6:14.16
3. San Diego 6:14.37
4. Pennsylvania 6:15.91
5. Holy Cross 6:22.93

Freshman 8+ - Repechage 1
1. California 6:01.95
2. Northeastern 6:10.69
3. Stanford 6:21.52
4. Oregon State 6:21.52
5. George Washington 6:33.05

Open 4+ - Repechage 1
1. California 6:46.67
2. Princeton 6:50.60
3. Harvard 6:52.72
4. Oregon State 7:15.67

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