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OSU Crews Race Well on Opening Day of IRA Championships

June 1, 2013

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EVENT CENTRAL | DAY 2 SEMIFINALS LANE SCHEDULE

LAKE NATOMA, Calif. - The Oregon State men's rowing team raced its first races of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships Friday. The Beavers' Open 4+ crew led the pace racing to a second-place finish and qualified for semi-finals from its opening heat.

“The IRA delivered, as usual, on a competitive field,” head coach Steve Todd said. “It was thrilling for our younger guys in the 4's to contend with traditional powers like Harvard, Navy and Brown.”

Against many of the top crews in the nation, OSU's No. 19-ranked Varsity Eight, finished fifth in the opening heat. The Beavers raced aggressively in the first 1,000-meters and was just behind the three leaders at the midway point. In the second half of the heat Georgetown moved even with the OSU V8 and the two crews battled for the remainder of the race with the Hoyas finishing just ahead of the Orange and Black.

In afternoon racing, the Beavers' V8 faced windy conditions reminiscent of the conditions at the Pac-12 Championships two weeks ago. The OSU crew raced well but could not stay with No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 14 Syracuse. The third place finish in the repechage moves OSU into the Third Level Semifinals on Saturday.

“Day one is in the books and the Varsity had a solid first race, but really learned a lesson in the second half of the race. They took that knowledge and built a better second race in the repechage. The rep result was not what they wanted but the effort was there.”

In the Junior Varsity Eight, OSU's morning heat included three crews it had previously faced in early May at the Opening Day Regatta in Seattle. This time though the Beavers' sprint was not quite enough to catch Dartmouth like it did earlier in the month finishing less than a half-second behind the Big Green.

The JV8 stepped up its speed in the afternoon repechage. After a start that left the Beavers trailing the field, OSU moved up through Holy Cross near the 1,000-meter mark and continued to move on Navy for third. The two crews were locked side-by-side in an exhilarating race that came down to inches with the Beavers posting the fastest final 500-meters of the race to nose ahead of the Mipshipmen.

OSU's Open 4+ got out to a great start jumping to the early lead over the field. Near the halfway marker the crew from Brown moved into the lead. The Beavers fought off strong moves from the Harvard crew during the second half to secure a space in the semifinals on Saturday morning.

In the Varsity 4+ the Beavers faced a tough field in heat racing finishing fourth. In the V4+ repechage, OSU got out to a stronger start and like their teammates in the O4+ event were able to hold off an aggressive push from Harvard.

“The goal for tomorrow is to set ourselves up for Sunday and see if we can really reach our maximum speed on the final day of the season.”

FRIDAY RESULTS
Varsity 8 – Heat 2
Harvard – 5:47.618
Princeton – 5:49.182
Navy – 5:55.143
Georgetown – 5:58.269
Oregon State – 6:01.534
UC San Diego – 6:21.714

Varsity 8 – Repechage 4
Wisconsin – 6:04.044
Syracuse – 6:08.317
Oregon State – 6:13.314

Second Varsity 8 – Heat 1
Washington – 5:52.630
Boston U. – 5:55.575
Cornell – 6:01.666
Dartmouth – 6:09.415
Oregon State – 6:09.747

Second Varsity 8 – Repechage 1
Cornell – 6:08.930
Pennsylvania – 6:12.301
Oregon State – 6:17.137
Navy – 6:17.741
Holy Cross – 6:21.111

Varsity 4+ - Heat 4
California – 6:37.436
Brown – 6:41.886
Wisconsin – 6:49.069
Oregon State – 6:59.492
Georgetown – 7:13.864
George Washington – 7:18.572

Varsity 4+ - Repechage 3
Navy – 6:54.135
Oregon State – 7:01.615
Harvard – 7:03.582

Open 4+ - Heat 1
Brown – 6:49.855
Oregon State – 6:52.570
Harvard – 6:56.264
Holy Cross – 7:11.736
Gonzaga – 7:25.366

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