No. 13 Beavers Sweep No. 16 Stanford

April 18, 2004


The No. 13 Oregon State men's rowing program swept No. 16 Stanford on the Cardinal's home course Sunday morning, with all three OSU boats winning by four seconds or more.

The junior varsity and freshman races featured some unusual occurrences; Stanford's JV boat collided with a bridge support and in the freshman race, the Cardinal crew had to adjust to a boat coming the opposite direction in a separate race.

'Stanford was hungry and came out gunning for us, and a few glitches hurt them,' OSU coach Kjell Oswald said. 'It was a good day for us - I was happy with how we raced today. Everyone had great races.'

In the varsity eight sprint, the Beavers pulled out to a six-seat lead over the first 1,000 meters, building a cushion for the final 1,000 to win by six seconds in six minutes flat.

'The varsity eight executed the best first 1,000 meters I've seen them race,' Oswald said. 'They rowed the rates they needed to, and rowed clean and composed. They've still got a way to go and need to work on the second 1,000 meters, but today was a definite step forward.'

After OSU's JV built a half boat-length lead over the first 1,000 meters, the two crews headed under a bridge at the halfway point. Only OSU's boat came out on pace, as Stanford collided with the bridge support in the narrow space. There were no injuries reported.

The Beavers went on to win by 40 seconds in 6:09.

'The JV rowed a phenomenal race,' Oswald said. 'We had a five-seat lead and Stanford was putting up a great fight. We started to make a move right before the two boats went under a bridge at the halfway mark, and (assistant coach Steve Todd) Steve and I hear a loud 'bang'! I thought our boat may have hit the bridge, but our guys came out from under it cleanly and didn't ease up.

'We won, but Stanford will definitely be gunning for us at Pac-10s and looking for a little revenge,' Oswald added.

OSU's freshmen sprinted to a time of 6:06 to win by four seconds, but Stanford again had its race altered by a foreign object, this time a California boat coming the opposite direction in a separate race.

'Steve and I and Stanford's coach felt it affected Stanford a little,' Oswald said. 'We had a good lead at that point, and continued to put together a very impressive piece. For the freshmen to perform the way they did on consecutive days shows a lot of maturity.'

OSU's next action is May 1 when the varsity eight travels to New Brunswick, N.J. to take on nationally-ranked Cornell and Rutgers. The JV and freshman boats race at Washington's Head of the Lake Regatta on Montlake Cut in Seattle the same day.


VARSITY 8 - OSU 6:00; Stanford 6:06

JV 8 - OSU 6:09; Stanford 6:49.6

FRESHMAN 8 - OSU 6:06; Stanford 6:10

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