CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State women's rowing team had an eventful Sunday morning as they competed on opposite coasts of the United States. The Varsity 8 boat raced in the Princeton Chase on Lake Carnegie in New Jersey, while on the west coast, three Beaver crews competed in the Portland Fall Classic.
At the Princeton Chase, the Beavers were the fastest team from the west, placing 16th out of 52 boats in the Women's Varsity 8 race with a final time of 15:30.253. Oregon State finished before boats from many of the Ivy League schools, including Dartmouth, Yale, Brown and Princeton.
Over 3,000 miles away at the Portland Fall Classic, the Beavers took part in three races: the Women's Collegiate Div. 1 Junior Varsity 8, Varsity 4+ Final and JV 4+ Final.
The first race of the day was the JV 8 early in the morning at 8:30 a.m. The Beavers earned second place with a time of 17:55.45, finishing only 27.97 behind Washington State.
The Beavers followed this performance by competing in the V4+ Final at 11 a.m., with many of the same rowers who rowed in the JV 8 boat. They finished with a final time of 20:43.26, which was good enough to earn them second place.
The last race of the day was the JV 4+ Final where the Beavers were once again neck and neck with Washington State, but fell short by 50.48.
“We chose these two races so that we could have two high-intensity, high-caliber competition experiences early in the season in order to gauge our progress and identify future pathways for improvement," head coach Emily Ford said. "These events were perfect for this and we are coming out of the weekend much wiser. We know where we want to be competitively and our eyes are fixed on that star. This team is doing a lot of things right and we are eager to get back to work this week.”
Next up for women's rowing will be the Orange and Black scrimmage, before retiring the fall season and looking forward to spring.