Beavers Finish Fall Season in Difficult Conditions on Lake Union
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State closed the fall men's rowing season with a second place finish in the Varsity 8+ at Head of the Lake, hosted by the University of Washington.
In addition to the opposition, the Beavers contended with strong winds, heavy rain and cold that wreaked havoc on the day's later races. Course officials were forced to shorten the course due to weather after Oregon State's races were completed.
"Thirty-nine degrees and pouring rain is not easy to handle. But it's an outdoor sport and everyone has to deal with it the same way," said head coach Gabe Winkler. "The varsity seemed to roll with it pretty well and put up a solid time. All the boats had some positive points and it gives us plenty of fuel for the upcoming winter training."
The Beavs opened the day with the Varsity 8+, closing as the runners-up behind only Washington. The hosts finished the race in 15:15.59 and Oregon State crossed the finish line 40 seconds behind. OSU topped the third place team by 42 seconds and bested fourth-place Washington State by 1:05.
In the JV 8+ race, Oregon State narrowly missed a top-three spot. The Beavers finished in 16:48.02, less than a second behind the University of Victoria. OSU held the lead on UV for the majority of the race before being bested at the finish line.
The 3V 8+ race saw the Beavers place fourth and sixth in a crowded field of nine boats. Oregon State bested regional foes like Gonzaga and University of British Columbia with finishes in 16:57.57 and 17:34.38.
Oregon State 8+ Lineups
Varsity – The Peterson - 2nd
JV – Poole II – 4th
1: B. La Fond
3V A – The Woodman -6th
8: W. La Fond
3V B – The Hansen – 4th
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