Emergency Sprint Lifts Varsity Eight To Fourth At IRA National Championships

June 1, 2002

CAMDEN, N.J. - The Oregon State men's crew team completed its season Saturday with a strong showing at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships.

The OSU varsity eight trailed in most of its race but passed Princeton and Navy in the final 10 strokes to place fourth - the best finish ever by an OSU varsity eight team in head coach David Reischman's eight years at the school.

'I thought that race was 100 percent the guys,' Reischman said. 'In the previous three races we had I was feeling like we were pretty clever because we were able to predict and put together a plan. We guessed right in the first three, but in the final we guessed wrong. The guys threw the plan out the window and they did option B, which was to pull very hard.

'At about 1,000 meters we were a full length behind Princeton and Navy. As we got around 500 meters we were closer, and we were still behind with 10 strokes remaining. They did the emergency sprint and managed to pull that off and get through Princeton and Navy in the last 10 strokes.'

The Beavers finished .71 seconds in front of Princeton and were 1.72 seconds ahead of Navy. Pacific-10 Conference rival California completed the race in 5:26.81 to claim first place, and was followed by Wisconsin (5:28.32) and Washington (5:30.25).

'There was a lot of celebration and excitement,' junior Steven Hyde said. 'It is a great tribute to what our seniors have accomplished. They've gone from not doing hot their freshmen to this year where they bring three juniors and one sophomore in their boat and take them to the Grand Final.'

Oregon State also had strong performances from its other two boats that raced on Saturday. The JV eight finished second in the Petite Final (8th overall) with a time of 5:50.19 and the freshmen eight took fourth in their Petite Final, finishing in 5:51.34.

'The JV eight was the crew that surprised me the most,' Reischman said. 'They are the crew that did the best upon improving their previous race performances.

'They had problems in the second thousand of their races because they were too excited. They showed a lot of maturity this weekend because they didn't let their nerves get the best of them and they rowed a smarter, more mature first 1,000. That crew made a huge charge but ended a few yards short.'

Reischman said the freshmen eight had to deal with rough, windy conditions and credited them for racing hard.

'The frosh guys put their effort in,' the coach said. 'We are really excited for them to join our program.'

The Beavers placed 10th at the IRA championships a season ago and the previous best finish by the Beavers under Reischman was 8th in 1999.

'We wanted to leave the program better than we found it,' senior Mark Squire said. 'We got it one step closer and the underclassmen need to make the next step. It will be fun to see what they do next year.'

Both Squire and Hyde credited the freshmen and JV eight for their success this season.

'We don't get fourth without the other guys,' Squire said. 'Props to them.'

'The JV boat has always pushed us,' Hyde said. 'They taught us how to race hard and credit to the freshmen. Next year I can't wait because of the freshmen and JV coming back.'

Final Results

Varsity Eight Grand Final

1. California 5:26.81; 2. Wisconsin 5:28.32; 3. Washington 5:30.25; 4. Oregon St 5:36.58;5. Princeton 5:37.29 6. Navy 5:39.30.

Junior Varsity Eight Grand Final1. California 5:36.52; 2. Cornell 5:38.7; 3. Washington 5:38.91; 4. Wisconsin 5:39.21;5. Princeton 5:40.28; 6. Brown 5:47.64.

Petite Final1.Dartmouth 5:49.63; 2. Oregon St 5:50.19; 3. Michigan 5:53.72; 4. Penn 5:54.21;5. Drexel 5:54.48 6. Syracuse 5:59.60.

Freshmen Eight Grand Final1. Washington 5:39.60; 2. Michigan 5:41.94; 3. Princeton 5:42.36; 4. California 5:42.97;5. Navy 5:45.01; 6. Dartmouth 5:48.04.

Petite Final1. Cornell 5:46.08; 2 Northeastern 5:46.17. 3. Boston U 5:49.87; 4. Oregon St 5:51.34;5. Rutgers 5:57.90; 6. Brown 5:59.71.

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