Women's Crew Turns In Strong Showing In Season-Opener

March 11, 2001

VICTORIA, British Columbia - The Oregon State women's crew got it's spring season off to a good start on Sunday morning as it gave the University of Victoria a tough early season test when the OSU varsity eight rowed to a time of 6:44.09. Victoria cruised to a 6:34.91 over the course's 2,000 meters to take the win on the waters of Elk Lake.

Victoria, regarded as one of the fastest collegiate eights in Canada, has four Canadian National Team rowers in its varsity eight. Given that fact, OSU head coach Charlie Owen was pleased with the season-opening performance.

'For our first race of the season, this was a good showing,' the 10th-year coach said. 'This is a good place to start. Hopefully, we'll continue to build on this performance and improve up through Pac-10s. We've started off at a higher level than we did last year.

'This was excellent racing,' Owen continued. 'The racing was back-and-forth in many of the races, so it was a lot of fun. Victoria's a good crew, and we were competitive, so we're happy with how things went today - we came down the course well.'

OSU took two races from Victoria, as the Beavers won both the third varsity eight and novice eight races. The third varsity rowed an all-out 2,000-meter battle, as neither boat could build a lead of more than three seats. OSU had just enough left down the stretch to pull off a narrow 6:59.85-7:00.94 win.

The novice `A' boat handled Victoria, as the Beavers finished in 7:14.72 to take the win. Victoria crossed the line in 7:22.40, and the OSU `B' boat finished 17 seconds later.

Victoria won the second varsity eight race by just over two seats, as UV finished in 6:46.21. The Beavers finished in 6:47.05.

TIMES (all boats were eights)

FIRST VARSITY - UV 6:34.91, OSU 6:44.09

SECOND VARSITY - UV 6:46.21, OSU 6:47.05

THIRD VARSITY - OSU 6:59.85, UV 7:00.94

NOVICE - OSU `A' 7:14.72, UV 7:22.40, OSU `B' 7:39.81

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