Men's Crew Tops No. 8 Cornell, No. 13 Rutgers

May 1, 2004

BRUNSWICK, N.J.- - The No. 12 Oregon State men's varsity eight prevailed over No. 8 Cornell and No. 13 Rutgers Saturday in New Jersey.

The Beavers hung on through an unusual course with choppy waters and a strong head wind to beat Cornell by one second and Rutgers by over six seconds.

'Varsity had a great race,' said head coach Kjell Oswald.

'The course had a couple of turns, which makes it more fun than normal. It was a little different from a normal course.

'Coming out of the last turn, from the angle it looked like we were ahead, but we were dead even, and we were able to nip them at the bud at the end.

'Varsity had some good elements today. They had a good start and finished the last 800 meters strong and were really aggressive.'

The junior varsity and novice eights were also in action Saturday at Washington's Opening Day Regatta on Montlake Cut in Seattle. Both teams placed second behind Washington.

'JV eight raced an incredibly aggressive first half and tried to rattle the confidence of UW's boat,' said assistant coach Steve Todd, 'but UW just stuck with it and made their move.

'We handled them pretty well but they pushed away at the finish.

Todd also commented on the freshman eight race.

'Men's freshman eight was one of the best races I've seen at the Windermere Cup in a long time,' said Todd.

'They got the lead and were trying to stick it out over the last 300 meters, but they had a little bit of a bobble and UW took them by a seat.

'Our guys are really looking forward to racing Washington again next week in Vancouver.'

Varsity eight rows next against the University of Washington on May 8.


VARSITY EIGHT (vs. Cornell and Rutgers) - 1. OSU 6:10.6; 2. Cornell 6:11.6; 3. Rutgers 6:16.8.

In Seattle:

JV EIGHT - 1. Washington 5:51.75; 2. OSU 6:00.61; 3. WSU 6:15.98.

FRESHMAN EIGHT - 1. Washington 'A' 6:01.55; 2. OSU 6:02.11; 3. Washington 'B' 6:10.77; 4. WSU 6:30.41.

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