Beavers Advance Two Boats To Crew Classic Grand Finals

April 5, 2003

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - -

Oregon State's varsity and novice eights used strong heat races on Saturday to advance to their respective Grand Finals at the San Diego Crew Classic.

The varsity eight finished third and the novice second, while the second varsity placed fourth and will row in Sunday's Petite Final.

The varsity eight finished third in heat 'B' of the Whittier Cup races with a time of seven minutes, 8.5 seconds, nine seconds back of USC and 12 behind winner Stanford.

OSU defeated Tennessee, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Clemson to move into Sunday afternoon's Whitter Cup Grand Final for the first time in several years.

'I'm definitely pleased with how things went today,' OSU coach Charlie Owen said. 'Tomorrow's Grand Final is sort of a preview of the Pac-10 Championships, plus Texas. As a conference, the Pac-10 is very fast, so it should be fun.'

OSU will face off against Pac-10 foes California, Washington, Washington State, Stanford, and USC, as well as Big 12 crew Texas, in Sunday's Whittier Cup Grand Final.

'It's starting to come back together for the varsity eight,' Owen said. 'They had struggled the last couple weeks, so it's nice to see them row well today.'

The novice eight beat out USC by 12 seconds for second place with a time of 7:47.36, and was 20 seconds behind a very fast California boat. OSU's novice eight qualified for the Grand Final last year as well.

'The novice eight is back in the Grand Final, which is great,' Owen said. 'Even though there weren't any boats close to them, they still had to work hard and stay focused to finish second today.'

The second varsity eight finished fourth in a tough heat, with Washington State, California, and Texas finishing ahead of the fourth-place Beavers. OSU crossed the line in a time of 7:41.21, which, if OSU was in heat 'B', would have been good enough to advance to the Grand Final. OSU will row in Sunday's Petite Final instead.

'The second varsity didn't have the placing they would have liked, but they rowed a good race and raced better than last week,' Owen said. 'To give them some credit, they were in a very tough field; they'll look to improve again tomorrow.'

In other Saturday action, OSU sent a second novice eight and a varsity four to the Husky Invitational in Seattle.

In the varsity four race, OSU finished third in a time of 7:59, while the novice eight was fourth in 7:55.

RESULTS FROM SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC (2,000-meter Mission Bay course)

WHITTIER CUP, HEAT 'B' (VARSITY EIGHT) - 1. Stanford 6:56.9; 2. USC 6:59.52; 3. Oregon State 7:08.5; 4. Tennessee 7:11.17; 5. Wisconsin 7:14.72; 6. Minnesota 7:16.87; 7. Clemson 7:16.99.

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT, HEAT 'C' - 1. Washington State 7:28.3; 2. California 7:34.7; 3. Texas7:39.52; 4. Oregon State 7:41.21; 5. Duke 7:54.88; 6. San Diego State 8:11.58; 7. California-Irvine 8:27.61.

NOVICE EIGHT, HEAT 'C' - 1. California 7:27.8; 2. Oregon State 7:47.36; 3. USC 7:59.71; 4. Cal-San Diego 8:21.45; 5. Orange Coast College 8:26.27; 6. Southern Methodist 8:31.83; 7. California-Irvine 8:34.99.

RESULTS FROM HUSKY INVITATIONAL (2,000-meter Montlake Cut course)

SECOND NOVICE EIGHT - 1. Washington 7:15; 2. Washington State 7:28; 3. Western Washington 7:40; 4. Oregon State 7:55; 5. Portland 8:06.

VARSITY FOUR - 1. Washington 7:41; 2. Washington 'B' 7:43; 3. Oregon State 7:59; 4. Washington State 8:07; 5. Portland 9:45.

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