Varsity, Freshman Eight Advance To Friday's Semifinals At IRAs.

June 3, 2004

CAMDEN, N.J. - -

The No. 8 Oregon State men's varsity eight edged No. 9 Cornell for the second time this year to win its afternoon repechage and advance to Friday's semifinal round at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships on the Cooper River.

The varsity eight is assured of a finish no lower than 12th; with a top-three finish Friday the Beavers will row in Saturday's Grand Final to determine the top six finishers. A finish of fourth or lower Friday puts the varsity eight in Saturday's Petite Final to battle for places 7-12.

The freshman eight also advanced to Friday's third semifinal; with a finish of third or better, it will move on to Saturday's third-level final to determine places 13-18.

The varsity eight takes on stiff competition in its semifinal, including No. 2 Washington, No. 5 Northeastern, No. 6 Navy, No. 7 Wisconsin, and No. 10 Dartmouth.

The varsity eight claimed a narrow win by .71 seconds over Cornell in 5:38.27 after finishing second to No. 1 Harvard by less than five seconds in the morning sprint.

The Beaver freshman eight rowed to a time of 5:55.17 and finished fourth in its repechage, .42 seconds off the pace of third-place St. Joseph's.

OSU's second varsity eight missed the cut for Friday's semifinals when it finished third in its afternoon repechage by 0.37 seconds behind winner Yale on the heels of a fourth-place showing in the morning heat race. OSU was .2 seconds back of second-place Dartmouth in the repechage.

VARSITY 8, HEAT 2 - 1. Harvard 5:42.71; 2. Oregon State 5:47.39; 3. Stanford 5:50.51; 4. Marist 5:52.93; 5. Georgetown 5:53.49; 6. Rhode Island 5:59.88

V8 REPECHAGE 2 - 1. Oregon State 5:38.27; 2. Cornell 5:38.98; 3. Syracuse 5:42.65; 4. Brown 5:53.89; 5. Rhode Island 5:56.08

SECOND VARSITY 8, HEAT 1 - 1. Washington 5:51.7; 2. Princeton 5:55.81; 3. Minnesota 5:57.8; 4. Oregon State 6:01.74; 5. Rutgers 6:03.55; 6. Michigan 6:09.06

2V8 REPECHAGE 3 - 1. Yale 5:53.12; 2. Dartmouth 5:53.29; 3. Oregon State 5:53.49; 4. MIT 6:02.33

FRESHMAN 8, HEAT 4 - 1. Brown 5:55.67; 2. Penn 6:01.87; 3. Navy 6:06.47; 4. Washington 6:08.13; 5. Oregon State 6:08.54; 6. Purdue 6:32.27

F8 REPECHAGE 1 - 1. Yale 5:45.77; 2. Stanford 5:46.49; 3. St. Joseph's 5:55.15; 4. Oregon State 5:55.57; 5. MIT 6:34.72

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