Women's Crew Finishes High At Pac-10s

May 19, 2002

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - - The OSU women's crew team advanced all four boats to the Grand Finals and placed three crews in the top two on Sunday at the Pac-10 Rowing Championships in Sacramento, Calif.

Head coach Charlie Owen was fairly happy with how his team fared against some of the fastest crews in the country.

'It was very good until we got to the varsity eight. I was really pleased with how the team as a whole came into the Pac-10 Championships to compete,' said Owen. 'We came into the Pac-10s a much stronger team than we were at this time last year.'

The OSU novice eight won their race, defeating Washington State by one-tenth of a second to finish in 7:23.6. Washington was not far behind, finishing third in 7:15.9.

'The novice eight came through and won their race, and that was great. It's the first time that OSU has won one of the big Pac-10 races,' said Owen.

In the JV eight race, Oregon State finished second, behind only Washington. The Beavers turned in a time of 7:07.6, only 6.4 seconds off the pace set by the Huskies. Third-place Stanford was almost three seconds back with a time of 7:10.2. Owen was impressed by the crew's performance, which almost duplicated the strong race they had against Washington last week.

'The JV eight rowed another great race,' said Owen. 'This is two weekends in a row that they have done that. They showed that they are a really good crew, and raced very well against some tough competition.'

The Oregon State varsity four also placed second, defeating Washington and finishing less than six seconds behind California. OSU turned in a time of 7:52.5.

'The varsity four rowed an excellent race. Cal has shown in the last few weeks that they are a very fast crew. And our boat did a great job in beating Washington,' said Owen.

The varsity eight was the only OSU crew that failed to win or place second. Trailing Washington, California, Washington State, Stanford, and USC, Oregon State finished with a time of 7:06.00, 5.6 seconds behind fifth-place USC and 19.6 seconds off Washington's winning pace.

The varsity eight crew actually felt they rowed a fairly good race,' said Owen. 'But when it came time to step it up in the second half, the other crews just started walking away and they couldn't keep up. They ended up placing the same as last year, which is disappointing, but they were in the race better this year. I don't think the times quite reflect how fast a crew they are.'

TIMES:Varsity Eight Grand Final:Washington 6:46.4; California 6:54.1; Washington State 6:54.9; Stanford 6:55.2; USC 7:00.4; OSU 7:06.00JV Eight Grand Final:Washington 7:01.2; OSU 7:07.6; Stanford 7:10.2; California 7:13.3; Washington State 7:15.8; UC Davis 7:42.6Novice Eight Grand Final:OSU 7:12.6; Washington State 7:12.7; Washington 7:15.9; California 7:17.6; UCLA 7:28.9; San Diego State 7:38.2Varsity Four Grand Final:California 7:46.70; OSU 7:52.5; Washington 7:54.4; Stanford 7:58.2; Washington State 8:01.5; UCLA 8:20.7

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