No. 8 OSU Sweeps No. 15 Stanford

April 21, 2002


The Oregon State men's crew showed again why it is ranked among the top-10 in the nation, as the eighth-ranked Beavers swept No. 15 Stanford on Sunday at the 2,000-meter Redwood Shores course.

After falling behind by three seats, the varsity eight found its rhythm and kept up a relentless pace over the final 1,500 meters, grabbing a two-seat lead by the halfway point and eventually wearing down Stanford. OSU went on to forge an open-water lead en route to an eight-second win with a time of 5 minutes, 50.7 seconds.

'The varsity eight did a good job today,' eighth-year coach Dave Reischman said. 'We figured Stanford would crank it out in the first 1,000 and startle us. Even though we didn't have our best first 1,000 meters of the year, I thought the guys did an excellent job of staying confident. Stanford was within 2-3 seats at 1,000 meters, but they couldn't keep up and we stayed persistent.'

The effort gave senior Peter Bunce, who rows the three seat, reason to be pleased.

'Stanford got out on us quick in the first 500 meters and got a lead by a couple of seats,' Bunce said. 'We were able to find our rhythm and work through them in the second 1,000 though. We still have a lot of work to do before Pac-10s.'

The JV eight gave a dominating performance, as they cruised to a 20-second win with a time of 6:04.9. OSU opened up a slight open-water lead after 500 meters, and went on to steadily increase the lead after that.

'The JV had an all-around exceptional race,' Reischman said. 'They were pretty solid even though they had a good margin on Stanford, they kept pressing.'

In the freshman eight race, it was OSU's maturity that pulled them through and allowed them to secure a narrow come-from-behind victory. OSU fell behind by a few seats early on, but stayed with their rhythm and gradually pulled ahead to win by two seconds with a time of 6:07.0.

'I thought the freshman eight did an exceptional job of staying composed,' Reischman said. 'Stanford led for the first 1,500 meters and our guys just stayed relaxed and stuck to their game, and it paid off.'

OSU has roughly three weeks off before its next race, when it hosts Washington at its home course on Lake Vancouver on May 11.


VARSITY 8 - OSU 5:50.7, Stanford 5:58.8

JUNIOR VARSITY 8 - OSU 6:04.9, Stanford 6:23.2

FRESHMAN 8 - OSU 6:07.0, Stanford 6:09.2

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