No. 18 Men's Crew To Race Gonzaga and No. 9 Stanford On Saturday
April 5, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. - After a nearly month-long layoff, the Oregon State men's crew team will continue its spring season this Saturday, April 7, when it hosts Gonzaga and Stanford on Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Wash. On a busy day, the Beavers will race the Bulldogs at 10:00 a.m. and will match up against the Cardinal at 4:00 p.m.
"The team is eager to get back out on the race course," Head Coach Steve Todd said. "We started out fairly well a few weeks ago against Victoria and now, after spring break and an excellent few weeks of practice, we are ready to take on two important opponents."
Oregon State, whose varsity eight was ranked 18th in the most recent USRowing Collegiate Poll, will have four crews compete on the water in two duals against Gonzaga and No. 9 Stanford. The Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference (NCRC) Invitational hosted by Lewis and Clark College will also take place on Saturday and many Division II schools will be competing at the site throughout the day as well. The Beavers' novice four will race as part of the NCRC Invite.
"Stanford is again in the top 10 in the country and had a strong showing at the San Diego Crew Classic," Todd said. "We've battled Gonzaga the last few years and hope to bring out our best effort against our rivals."
The Beavers' V8 (10:00 a.m.), open 4+ (10:10 a.m.), JV8 (10:20 a.m.) and freshman 8 (10:30 a.m.) will begin racing against Gonzaga at 10 a.m. and start at roughly 10-minute intervals on the 2000-meter course.
OSU's V8, JV8 and F8 will also compete later in the afternoon against Stanford. The JV8's will go at 4:00 p.m. and the F8's will race at 4:40 p.m. Sandwiched in between the two will be the top-20 V8 showdown between No. 18 Oregon State and No. 9 Stanford at 4:20 p.m.
Just after noon, Oregon State's N4 will race against Western Washington, Seattle Pacific and Humboldt State at 12:30 p.m. as part of the NCRC Invitational hosted by Lewis and Clark.
The race course is located at Vancouver Lake Park (6801 NW Lower River Road) on the west side of Vancouver Lake. The finish line is directly in front of the park's beach. There is a $3 parking fee, but admission to the races is free.
Last time out on March 10, the Beavers V8 claimed victory over Victoria on Dexter Lake, while OSU's F8 and V4 both finished second.
V8 (vs. Gonzaga @ 10:00 a.m. & vs. Stanford @ 4:20 p.m.)
JV8 (vs. Gonzaga @ 10:20 a.m. & vs. Stanford @ 4:00 p.m.)
F8 (vs. Gonzaga @ 10:30 a.m. & vs. Stanford @ 4:40 p.m.)
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