Men's Crew Breaks Course Record in Season Open

Photo By: Ethan Erickson/Oregon State Athletics   10-27-2013

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Portland, Ore. – The Oregon State men’s rowing team notched a first place finish at the Portland Fall Classic for the second straight year, breaking the unofficial course record.

Weather conditions in Portland Sunday morning were cool and windy, with temperatures as low as 40 degrees on the Willamette River.

The Beavers registered three men’s eight’s lineups: A, B, and C. With a final time of 15:40:20, the A crew claimed a first place finish, posting the fastest time of the day and breaking the unofficial course record by one second.

The B crew had a final time of 16:18:68, notching a second place finish. Oregon State’s C crew posted a time of 16:53:90, rounding out the day for the Beavers.

"Today was about getting out on the race course and setting a good base line for each of these crews,” said Head Coach Steve Todd. “They each established a pretty strong race today, but each crew has improvements to make as we look to next weekend and the Head of the Lake in Seattle."

Each crew showed positive strides and will have an opportunity to work out the kinks at practice before next weekend’s race.

"I thought the A Boat established a good rhythm in the tailwind, they stayed quick and aggressive and really pushed themselves to get that course record. Both the B and C boat made some big improvements from practice this week, so it's time to carry those changes into the week as we prep for Seattle."

“We had a really good piece in the Varsity 8 this morning,” said junior rower Henry Prosser. “This was the first 5k for many of the sophomores so it was a good warm-up head race before Seattle.”

Next up for the Beavers is the Head of the Lake Regatta on Nov. 3 in Seattle, Washington. Oregon State’s opponents will include Washington, Gonzaga, UC San Diego, University of Victoria, and University of British Columbia. 

“In Seattle we will be racing many of the same teams we will see in the spring so it will set the tone going into winter training,” Prosser said. “Head of the Lake is a great event and we are all really excited.”

Oregon State’s Varsity 8 Lineups:


C – Sumner
8 - Ellingwood
7 - Prosser
6 - Gannon
5 - Forde
4 - Fisher
3 - West
2 - Buser
1 - Vernazza

C - Clark
8 - Wilkins
7 - DeCarlo
6 - Gangmark-Strickland
5 - Heen
4 - Stout
3 - Zeilinski
2 - Hooper
1 - Van Kampen

C - Moultrie
8 - Martin
7 - Saterlee
6 - Kingshill
5 - Daly-Jenson
4 - Murray
3 - Toumbs
2 - Aerne
1 - Russell