No. 3 Washington Tops No. 7 OSU

May 8, 2004

VANCOUVER, Wash. - -

The No. 3 Washington men's rowing program earned a five-race sweep over No. 7 Oregon State Saturday morning at the 2,000-meter Vancouver Lake course.

The crews battled wind and rain in all but the varsity eight sprint, which UW won with a time of five minutes, 44.06 seconds to OSU's 5:49.0.

The Beavers shot out to an early lead, but were unable to maintain the pace over the final 1,000 meters as Washington narrowed the gap and pulled ahead for the win.

'Our guys had great intensity, but they just couldn't keep it under control today,'OSU coach Kjell Oswald said. 'They have worked hard on getting to a certain stroke rate, but today they went higher than they have all season over the first 1,000 meters and couldn't keep it up over the entire race. Washington was comfortable at its pace and rowed through us at the end. This just shows we still have a way to go.'

OSU's freshman/novice eight battled UW to within a second, finishing in 6:39.3 to UW's 6:38.5.

The JV eight finished in 6:18, behind UW's 'A', 'B' and 'C' boats. Washington 'A' won in 6:07.2.

'The day as a whole was disappointing,' Oswald said. 'When you lose every race, if you're at all competitive, you can't be happy with the result. That said, the guys approached their races with the right mentality - they were the most prepared I've seen them this year.'

OSU heads into the Pacific-10 Conference Championships next Sunday, May 16, having earned its highest national ranking in program history this week at No. 7. The championships are held on Lake Natoma, near Sacramento, Calif.

TIMES

V8 - UW 5:44.06; OSU 5:49.0

JV8 - UW 'A' 6:07.2; UW 'B' 6:15.3; UW 'C' 6:16.7; OSU 6:18

F8 - UW 6:38.5; OSU 6:39.3

2F8 - UW 'A' 6:59.6; UW 'B' 7:01.5; OSU 7:17.9

V2 - UW 'A'; UW 'B'; OSU (no times recorded)

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