OSU Women's Crew Challenges Powerhouse Victoria

March 9, 2002

DEXTER, Ore. - The Oregon State Women's Crew team kicked off the 2002 spring season against the University of Victoria Vikings on Saturday. The Vikings, who are perennially ranked among the top collegiate programs in North America, won the varsity eight race with a time of 6:33.0. The Beavers, showing marked improvement over last year's 10-second loss to the Vikings, had a time of 6:35.4.

'The varsity race was really a pretty close race. Victoria never had open water on us the whole race,' said OSU head coach Charlie Owen. 'We got off the line well and stayed pretty even with them for the first 500 meters. Then, partway through the second 500, Victoria started to slowly move away and we couldn't quite make a move to get back.'

The Beavers were without senior Joy Jordan, who was questionable before the race with a fever. Freshman Kristin Tryon replaced Jordan in the varsity eight.

In a very close race, the OSU 2nd varsity eight also finished behind Victoria, with a time of 6:54.4, just 3.3 seconds off the Vikings.

'The second varsity was a very tight race,' commented Owen. 'It went back and forth the whole race, and OSU just happened to come out on the short end this time.'

The OSU 3rd varsity eight beat the Vikings with a time of 7:08.6. The Viking boat was ahead by about a boat length at the race's midway point, when one of their rowers caught a crab. The Beavers capitalized on the error and took the lead. Victoria made a good move to regain some ground with about 400 meters left, but the Beavers held them off for the win.

The Beavers' 1st novice boat took second in the novice eight race. Their time of 7:11.9 was less than nine seconds off the winning time of 7:02.7, set by the Vikings. OSU's 2nd novice eight finished with a time of 7:44.7, behind Victoria's time of 7:27.4. The OSU varsity four finished with a time of 7:41.1, just 5 seconds behind Victoria.

The University of Victoria did not race a novice four, but the OSU A and B crews finished with times of 8:04.5 and 7:55.6, respectively.

Owen was pleased with his crews' effort against the Vikings, but still expects improvement as the season progresses.

'We got a good race in,' Owen said. 'Now we can look ahead to racing Washington State, and getting our Pac-10 schedule underway. For our first race of the year, we did all right, but we can still improve.'

The women's crew team's next race is against the Washington State Cougars in Pullman, WA, on March 30.

VARSITY EIGHT: Victoria 6:33.0, OSU 6:35.4
2nd VARSITY EIGHT: Victoria 6:51.1, OSU 6:54.4
3rd VARSITY EIGHT: OSU 7:08.6, 7:14.2
NOVICE EIGHT: Victoria 7:02.7, OSU 7:11.9.
2nd NOVICE EIGHT: Victoria 7:27.4, OSU 7:44.7
VARSITY FOUR: Victoria 7:36.1, OSU 7:41.1
NOVICE FOUR: OSU B 7:55.6, OSU A 8:04.5

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