Men's Crew Makes A Splash On Day One At IRAs

May 30, 2002

CAMDEN, N.J. - After the first day of racing at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta, in Camden, NJ, the No. 9-ranked OSU Men's Crew team is already assured of placing two of its three crews at least in the Top 12.

'I think all three of our crews rowed pretty mature races today,' said OSU head coach Dave Reischman. 'Our goal in the heat races wasn't to go crazy, it was to get a solid race in, and that's exactly what we did.'

After placing fifth in their preliminary race with a time of 5:52.41, the varsity eight advanced to the Repechage and placed first in their heat. OSU finished in 5:43.29, followed by No.11-ranked Navy at 5:44.97, No. 17 Marist at 5:49.28, No. 20 Syracuse at 5:50.11, and Marietta at 5:56.04. Navy led OSU by about half a length in the third 500 meters, but the Beavers were able to catch up and open a half-length lead by the finish.

Reischman was obviously pleased that the OSU varsity eight won their Repechage heat, but was also pleased with how the 2nd-place crew made them work.

'The varsity just rowed their own race,' said Reischman. 'In the Repechage, it came down to us and Navy, and we had to work hard, but I think you want to have to work hard to beat Navy. You want Navy to be a bunch of hard-asses, because we're at war and those are the guys who guard our borders, so that makes me feel good as a patriot.'

The varsity eight will race again on Friday in the semifinals, to determine whether they will go to the Grand (1st through 6th) or Petite (7th through 12th) Final on Saturday.

The Beaver freshman eight placed second in their preliminary race, finishing in 5:59.2, behind only Brown at 5:56.64. The frosh eight went on to win their Repechage heat in the afternoon, defeating Boston University (5:49.97), Penn (5:53.23), and Minnesota (5:59.44). OSU turned in a time of 5:48.44.

'The frosh eight is doing some crazy racing. In their heat race, they took Brown and battled them all the way down the race course. It was close, but Brown got them in the end,' said Reischman.

The freshman eight will also race in Friday's semifinals and is also guaranteed a Top-12 finish on Saturday.

In the JV race, OSU again finished fifth in a fast group. Princeton won the heat with a time of 5:47.29, with Wisconsin (5:50.27, Dartmouth (5:59.12), and Drexel (5:59.2) leading OSU. The Beavers turned in a time of 6:01.71. Syracuse brought up the rear with a time of 6:14.56.

'The JV rowed probably their most solid rhythm piece of the year,' said Reischman.

Since there are fewer than 18 JV eight crews entered at this year's IRAs, the OSU JV eight will not race in a Repechage until Friday.

Racing continues Friday with the JV eight Repechage heats, and the varsity eight and freshman eight semifinals. The semifinals determine which crews advance to Saturday's Grand Finals and Petite Finals.


Varsity EightPreliminary Heat 2: 1 Wisconsin 5:45.74; 2 Cornell 5:49.25; 3 Temple 5:51.24; 4 Dartmouth 5:51.59; 5 Oregon St. 5:52.41; 6 Columbia 6:12.56.Repechage Heat 3: 1 Oregon St. 5:43.29; 2 Navy 5:44.97; 3 Marist 5:49.28; 4 Syracuse 5:50.11; 5 Marietta 5:56.04.Freshman EightPreliminary Heat 3: 1 Brown 5:56.64; 2 Oregon St. 5:59.2; 3 Purdue 6:02.89; 4 Marist 6:11.07; 5 George Washington 6:11.1.Repechage Heat 3: 1 Oregon St. 5:48.44; 2 Boston U. 5:49.97; 3 Penn 5:53.23; 4 Minnesota 5:59.44.JV EightPreliminary Heat 3:1 Princeton 5:47.29; 2 Wisconsin 5:50.27; 3 Dartmouth 5:59.12; 4 Drexel 5:59.2; 5 Oregon St. 6:01.72; 6 Syracuse 6:14.56.Repechage Heats: 11:12 - 11:36 Friday, May 31.
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