No. 8 Washington Sweeps OSU

May 8, 2004

VANCOUVER, Wash. - -

The No. 8 University of Washington swept Oregon State in a head-to-head women's rowing dual that featured seven races on a choppy Vancouver Lake Saturday morning.

In the 2,000-meter varsity eight sprint - the only race not affected by inclement weather - OSU finished less than nine seconds back of UW with a time of six minutes, 48.83 seconds. OSU accomplished its goal of improving its racing over the final 1,000 meters.

'I was very happy with the varsity eight's performance,' OSU coach Charlie Owen said. 'This was the best race I've seen them row this year. They did a good job of focusing on their goal of finishing with a strong second half of the race.'

OSU's second varsity eight surrendered an early lead to Washington, then held even over the next 1,000 meters before UW pulled away for a 7:34.97-7:49.86 win.

In the closest race of the day, OSU's novice eight closed within two seconds of UW to finish in 7:02.56.

'Overall, I was pleased with how we raced today,' OSU coach Charlie Owen said. 'We raced a very good opponent, and although we didn't get the results we would have liked, I was happy with the way we raced and how we handled the conditions. We made definite improvements today and are getting closer to where we want to be, so we're looking forward to racing at Pac-10s next weekend.'

OSU competes at the Pac-10 Championships next Sunday, May 16, at Lake Natoma, near Sacramento, Calif.


2V8 - UW 7:34.97; OSU 7:49.86

2N8 - UW 'A'; UW 'B'; OSU (no times kept due to weather conditions)

1N8 - UW 7:00.70; OSU 7:02.56

1V8 - UW 6:40.01; OSU 6:48.83

N4 - UW 7:55.20; OSU 8:15.53

3V8 - UW 7:00.4; OSU 7:35.6

V4 - UW 'B' 8:19.25; UW 'A' 8:32.01; OSU 8:46.81

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