Men's Crew Keeps Up The Pace At IRAs

May 31, 2002

CAMDEN, N.J. - The OSU men's crew team continued to meet high expectations on day two of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships. Racing against some of the best collegiate rowing programs in the country, the Beavers advanced two of three crews to Saturday's Grand Finals.

In the varsity eight event on Thursday, OSU placed fifth in ther preliminary heat and won their Repechage heat. Today they earned a berth in the Grand Final by placing third in their semifinal heat. The Beavers turned in a time of 5:41.46, just 4.06 seconds off the winning pace set by the No. 1-ranked Washington Huskies and 2.39 seconds behind second-place Wisconsin. Dowling came in fourth with a time of 5:42.59, Michigan finished fifth in 5:45.49, and Penn came in sixth with a time of 5:49.21.'We assured ourselves of a top-6 finish for the first time in recent memory - it's been a long time coming,' said head coach Dave Reischman of his varsity crew's performance. 'I think today they rowed the perfect race. We needed to be in the hunt after the first 1,000, and we were.'Even a late challenge by Dowling didn't phase the Beavers. Reischman continued, 'Dowling is a very good crew, but when they came charging up on us over the last half, I knew our guys weren't going to let them get through. They were just too determined, and they weren't going to be denied.'Senior Mark Squire, two-seat in the OSU varsity eight, echoed his coach's comments. 'Dowling came charging up on us pretty strong, but with 20 strokes to the line, you find God. I had confidence in the guys around me and knew we'd get it done.'When asked to elaborate on the confidence he has in his teammates, Squire explained, 'It's one of those things where you come together and get to really know the people you race with as the season goes on. You're on the road with the same people throughout the year, and you know that when the time comes, they're going to go. It's nine people in a boat working together.'The Beaver athletes are excited about earning a chance to race for one of the top six places in Saturday's Grand Final.'Personally, it's a little bit of redemption [to make it to the Grand Final],' said Squire. 'When I was a sophomore, we caught a crab in the semifinals, which I think kept us out of Grands. So it's nice to be in Grands.''We're looking to surprise some people. I think maybe the East Coast boys don't expect much out of us, but I think we'll surprise them. We're going to try to sneak up on some people tomorrow.''We've been racing really well this week,' added senior and varsity six-seat Josh Inman. 'It took everybody coming together and having a great race when we needed to. This is what we've been working for the whole time. We've been trying to make the program better and represent Oregon State well.'After placing fifth in their preliminary heat and winning their Repechage heat on Thurday, the Beaver freshman eight placed sixth in their semifinal heat today, finishing in 6:02.30. Washington won the heat with a time of 5:46.00. Michigan was second in 5:49.42, Dartmouth was third in 5:51.80, Northeastern came in fourth in 5:59.95, and Rutgers placed fifth with a time of 6:01.36.'I'm proud of the effort the freshmen put into it. They put it all on the line and represented Oregon State extremely well,' said Reischman. With the sixth-place finish, the OSU freshman eight advanced to Saturday's Petite Final.The OSU JV eight, after placing fifth in their preliminary heat on Thursday, finished second in their Repechage heat today. The Beavers turned in a time of 5:52.28. Wisconsin won the heat with a time of 5:48.1, while Penn (5:55.14) and Marist (5:55.96) trailed the Beavers over the line.'The JV rowed its most complete race of the year,' said Reischman. 'They've had problems in the past in the second 1,000 meters because they row a little above where they need to be in the first 1,000. Today, they did a great job of tempering the pace in the first 1,000 meters and then took control in the second 1,000.'The JV eight will advance to Saturday's Grand Final. Since there were fewer than 18 entries, there are no semifinal races in the JV eight division.Racing continues Saturday, June 1. The OSU varsity eight will race in the Grand Final, the culminating event of the regatta, at 4:00 pm. The JV eight will also race in the Grand Final at 2:00 pm. The freshman eight will race in the Petite Final at 1:15 pm. All times are Eastern.TIMES:

Varsity EightSemifinal Heat 2: 1 Washington 5:37.42; 2 Wisconsin 5:39.07; 3 Oregon St. 5:41.46; 4 Dowling 5:42.59; 5 Michigan 5:45.49; 6 Penn 5:49.21.

Freshman EightSemifinal Heat 1: 1 Washington 5:46.00; 2 Michigan 5:49.42; 3 Dartmouth 5:51.80; 4 Northeastern 5:59.95; 5 Rutgers 6:01.36; 6 Oregon St 6:02.30.

JV EightRepechage Heat 3: 1 Wisconsin 5:48.1; 2 Oregon St. 5:53.28; 3 Penn 5:55.14; 4 Marist 5:55.96.

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