OSU Gets Tough Test From No. 2 California, UCLA

April 17, 2004

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. - -

The Oregon State women's rowing team was victorious in three of four races against UCLA and one of four against second-ranked California on Saturday.

OSU's varsity four won both its races, while the second varsity and novice eights earned wins against UCLA.

OSU's four earned a come-from-behind win over two Cal boats by two- and five-second margins with a time of 7:54, and earned a convincing 30-second win over UCLA in the afternoon sprint.

'The varsity four had a shaky start against Cal, but rowed hard and pulled ahead in the second 1,000 meters,' OSU coach Charlie Owen said. 'I'm proud of the effort our boats gave today.'

The varsity eight lost to California by 13 seconds with a time of 7:18.5, and finished 5.4 seconds back of UCLA in 7:39.72 after a slow start put the Beavers behind early.

'The first varsity raced very hard today against Cal,' Owen said. 'I thought they raced better against Cal; our rowers worked hard and stayed with them, but Cal pulled away in the body of the race.

'We were noticeably tired against UCLA from the morning race, and UCLA was relatively fresh,' Owen said. 'We were a little slow off the line and they got up on us, but we rowed hard.'

The Beavers' second varsity eight claimed an open-water win over UCLA 7:39.61-7:48.81 after falling to Cal by eight seconds.

'The second varsity had a very good day,' Owen said. 'They rowed well against Cal and were close in the first half, and then had a good win against UCLA.'

OSU's novice eight beat UCLA 7:33.27-7:39.57 after losing to Cal Saturday morning in a close race.

The Beavers row Apr. 24 against Washington State and Tennessee on the Snake River.

RESULTS

OSU vs. California

Varsity 8 - Cal 7:05.5; OSU 7:18.5

Second varsity 8 - Cal 7:13; OSU 7:21

Varsity 4 - OSU 7:54; Cal 7:56; Cal 'B' 7:59

Novice 8 - Cal won, times unavailable

OSU vs. UCLA

Varsity 8 - UCLA 7:34.32; OSU 7:39.72

Second varsity 8 - OSU 7:39.61; UCLA 7:48.81

Varsity 4 - OSU 8:27.36; UCLA 8:57.36

Novice 8 - OSU 7:33.27; UCLA 7:39.57

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