No. 19 OSU Turns Up Intensity In San Diego

April 7, 2002

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - -

The No. 19-ranked Oregon State women's crew turned in strong performances at the San Diego Crew Classic on Sunday and came away with a second-place showing in the varsity eight Jes Whit Petite Final (places 7-12) with a time of 6 minutes, 49.62 seconds.

The Beavers jockeyed with Texas and Clemson for the second through fourth positions throughout the first 1,500 meters of the 2,000-meter race, but pulled away down the stretch and made a run at USC in the lead. The Trojans, however, had an open-water lead on the field and were not to be caught, as OSU's time of 6:49.62 put the Beavs just under four seconds back of USC's 6:45.96.

'We rowed well today,' 11th-year head coach Charlie Owen said. 'We were second in the Petite Final and raced well. USC managed to get out in front quite a bit in the first 500 meters and had an open-water lead, and then hung on to beat us. We made a big push over the last 500, but they just had too much of a lead.'

The second varsity earned a win in its Petite Final, pulling away over the final 1,000 meters for a six-second win over second-place Stanford with a time of 7:02.10. The Cardinal opened up a lead after 500, but couldn't hold off the OSU charge as the Beavers cruised past and won in open water by nearly six seconds.

The tightest race of the day was the novice eight Petite Final, which saw five boats finish within seven seconds of each other.

Washington and Virginia battled for the lead throughout the first 1,000 meters, but it was Washington State that made a run over the last 1,000 meters to out-pace Washington for the win. OSU picked up the pace as well and pulled ahead of Virginia and held off Cal in the process over the final 500 to take third with a time of 7:02.20.

'This was a definite improvement over yesterday in terms of the way we executed,' Owen commented. 'The JVs won the Petite Final and rowed an improved race, which was good to see.'The novice was third, and had an outstanding race today. WSU broke away at the halfway mark, but it was very close between Washington, Virginia, Cal and us. We hung in and beat Virginia and Cal, so that was good.'

OSU's next competition comes on April 20, when the Beavers travel to Redwood Shores, Calif., to take on Cal and Kansas.

JES-WHIT EIGHT PETITE FINAL (VARSITY EIGHT) - 1. USC 6:45.96, 2. Oregon State 6:49.62, 3. Texas 6:53.52, 4. Clemson 6:53.87, 5. Miami 6:57.49, Naval Academy 7:06.43, Tulsa 7:11.73.

JV EIGHT PETITE FINAL - 1. Oregon State 7:02.10, 2. Stanford 7:08.01, 3. Minneapolis Rowing Club 7:09.12, 4. Kansas State 7:11.20, 5. North Carolina 7:22.82, 6. Notre Dame 7:33.32.

NOVICE EIGHT FINAL - 1. Washington State 6:59.20, 2. Washington 7:00.79, 3. Oregon State 7:02.20, 4. Virginia 7:05.19, 5. California 7:05.52, 6. UCLA 7:29.63.

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