Mixed Results for OSU Against No. 9 Virginia, Duke

April 18, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Oregon State's 1st Varsity 8 faltered this weekend against No. 9 Virginia and Duke University, racing Saturday and Sunday in Charlottesville, VA. The 1st Novice 8 was undefeated over the weekend, while the 2nd Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 both defeated Duke and lost to Virginia.

'We had some mixed results, but this was a good weekend for our program,' said head coach Charlie Owen. 'We gained valuable experience racing two strong crews we don't often see in the regular season.'

With the crews pushed by a significant tailwind, Virginia's 1st Varsity 8 finished in 6:19.7, with OSU about 2 lengths behind at 6:27.3. 'In the race against UVA, we rowed well but could not match their speed in the 1st 500 meters,' Owen said. 'Virginia was the better crew on Saturday.'

Against Duke in flat conditions, the Beavers held a slim lead for most of the race, but failed to maintain their speed in the third 500 meters. Duke began to push ahead with 600 meters to go and sprinted to a 1.9 second victory (Duke 6:49.2; Oregon State 6:51.0). 'The loss against Duke was disappointing,' Owen said. 'We had a strong start and worked hard to get a lead early, but we clearly need to work on our finishing speed.'

The 2nd Varsity 8 raced hard against two Virginia boats, defeating UVA-B by 4.5 seconds and finishing 14 seconds behind UVA-A. The Beavers rowed an aggressive race against Duke on Sunday, getting off to a blistering start and remaining in control throughout the 2000-meter course with a time of 6:56.2.

The Varsity 4+ lost to the defending NCAA Champion Virginia 4+, finishing 10 seconds behind with a time of 7:24.1 to UVA's 7:14.4. The Beavers dominated against a less-experienced Duke crew, winning the race by 28 seconds (Oregon State 7:47.0; Duke 8:14.7).

The 1st Novice 8 performed well in both races, pulling ahead of Virginia in the first 500 meters and extending the lead to win by 11 seconds. In their race against Duke, the OSU novices were able to execute their race plan despite a malfunction with the 'cox box,' the speaker system that enables the coxswain to communicate with rowers down the 60-foot racing shell and calculates the crew's rating, or strokes-per-minute. The Beavers won with a time of 7:09.7 to Duke's 7:37.3.

Oregon State is off next weekend, but they resume racing in two weeks when they battle Washington Saturday, April 30, in Seattle.

Oregon State vs. #9 Virginia
Varsity Eight:
Virginia 6:19.7; Oregon State 6:27.3
JV Eight: Virginia `A' 6:31.1; Oregon State 6:45.1; Virginia `B' 6:49.6
Novice Eight: Oregon State 6:48.4; Virginia 6:59.5
Varsity Four: Virginia 7:14.4; Oregon State 7:24.1

Oregon State vs. Duke
Varsity Eight:
Duke 6:49.2; Oregon State 6:51.0
JV Eight: Oregon State 6:56.2; Duke 7:02.9
Novice Eight: Oregon State 7:09.7; Duke 7:37.3
Varsity Four: Oregon State 7:47.0; Duke 8:14.7

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