Seattle, Wash. – The Oregon State men’s crew team closed out its fall season at the Head of the Lake Regatta, claiming two second-place finishes and a fifth place finish in its three events.
Sunday morning in Seattle brought 40 degree weather for the Beaver squad as they headed out to Lake Union.
Oregon State’s first event was the Varsity 8+ and the Beavers claimed a second-place finish, posting a final time of 16:04:43. The Beavers posted a split time of 7:13:40, just 15 seconds by the leader, the University of Washington, who continued on the collect a first place finish with a time of 15:33:61.
"The Varsity 8 did a great job with the changes we worked in technically over the week,” said Head Coach Steve Todd. “Erik Sumner really executed the race course nicely."
“My team showed great tenacity today, they raced with confidence,” said junior coxswain Eric Sumner. “We, as a boat, knew what we had to do and I feel like we executed the race very well.”
OSU’s Junior Varsity 8+ also finished second place, posting a final time of 16:37:04, just behind the University of Washington. The Third Varsity 8+ posted a time of 17:30:20, claiming a fifth place finish.
"Head of the Lake was a good challenge for the guys,” said Todd. “They stepped up and improved upon last weekend."
The Beavers are finished competing until the spring, where they will partake in three more events: the Husky Open, a head to head race with Stanford, and the Pac-12 Rowing Championships.
"Performing well this fall helps the team stay focused and hungry to train hard this winter,” said Todd.
“I feel like we are definitely making great strides to be very competitive this spring; granted this was a longer race than what we are going to experience in the spring season, but I am very excited to see what we will be able to do on a 2k course,” Sumner said. “We’ve got a handful of guys that are breaking personal records on a weekly basis and I feel like if we keep making steps forward we will have a very good season this spring.”