No. 2 Cal Tops No. 13 OSU

April 17, 2004

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. - -

The No. 13 Oregon State men's rowing program dropped three races to No. 2 California on Saturday, but gave the Golden Bears plenty of competition in each race.

'It's not every weekend we get to race two of the best programs in the country in the same weekend,' second-year head coach Kjell Oswald said; the Beavers race No. 16 Stanford Sunday morning. 'We get to wipe the slate clean and come after Stanford tomorrow and try to improve on today's performance.'

The varsity eight sped to a time of 6 minutes, 5 seconds at the 2,000-meter Redwood Shores course, but finished four seconds behind Cal.

'The varsity eight is still having trouble getting the rates they need to reach, and they didn't feel they had the kind of race they wanted today,' Oswald added. 'They know there's a lot of room for improvement.'

OSU's junior varsity eight lost by six seconds with a time of 6:11.

'The JV eight was tenacious, they fought the whole way down the course, but still didn't have a complete race,' Oswald said.

'On race day, it comes down to what you're willing to do to win - what you're willing to give. All three boats improved tremendously in that area today - we raced much harder. By-and-large, I'm pleased with the results from all three boats, but we know there are still a lot of things we need to improve on.'

OSU's novice eight crossed the line a heartbeat after Cal, finishing in 7:08.66 to Cal's 7:08.2.

'Cal has one of the best programs in the country year-in and year-out, and their freshmen are phenomenal this year,' Oswald said. 'We had contact throughout the race and clawed our way down the course. The freshmen gave Cal a very respectable race today.'

RESULTS

Varsity 8 - Cal 6:01; OSU 6:05

JV 8 - Cal 6:05; OSU 6:11

Freshman 8 - Cal 7:08.2; OSU 7:08.66

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