No. 12 Women's Crew Races Past No. 15 Washington State

May 2, 2009

DEXTER, Ore. - The Oregon State women's rowing team enjoyed a successful regatta winning three out of four races against Washington State on its home waters of Dexter Lake on Saturday.

'The day overall was very good,' said head coach Emily Ford. 'It was nice to bring home three wins. All of the boats really performed well and did a nice job with strategy.'

It was a fight to the finish line as the Beavers and Cougars battled back and forth for the lead in the first 1,000 meters of the Varsity 8+ race. In the third 500 Oregon State finally established a lead. While the Cougars picked up the pace in the last 500 meters, it was not enough to overcome the Beaver crew as Oregon State crossed the finish line nearly three seconds ahead.

'We just inched ahead a little bit,' said Ford. 'Once we got that inch we just pushed ahead and went with it.'

Oregon State's Second Varsity 8+ trailed the Cougars by two boat lengths until the last 500 meters when Oregon State made a huge push to close the gap. Although the Beavers closed the gap by a boat length, it was not enough and the Oregon State fell to Washington State.

The Oregon State Varsity 4+ 'A' boat reached the 1,000 meter mark half a boat length ahead of the Cougar 'A' boat. It was a three-way battle for second between the Oregon State 'B' crew and State Washington State 'A' and 'B' crews. In the last 500 meters, Oregon State 'B' boat pulled ahead of the Cougar 'A' boat, giving Oregon State a first and second place finish.

The Beavers' Novice 8+ jumped to an early lead and held it throughout the remainder of the race, reaching a full boat length ahead of both the Cougar 'A' and 'B' boats in the first 1,000 meters. Although the Washington State 'A' boat tried to close the gap in the last 500 meters, the Beavers held them off for a victory.

1. OSU- 6:31.95
2. WSU- 6:34.86

1. WSU- 6:37.90
2. OSU- 6:43.61

1. OSU 'A'- 7:27.49
2. OSU 'B' -7:36.45
3. WSU 'A'-7:3719
4. WSU 'B'- 7:43.55
5. OSU 'C'- 8:05.38

1. OSU- 6:57.77
2. WSU 'A'- 7:01.90
3. WSU 'B'- 7:26.87

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