Women's Rowing N8 Sweeps Races At Michigan Invite; V8 Second
April 14, 2012
BELLEVILLE, Mich. - The Oregon State women's rowing team faced its stiffest competition of the season when it traveled to the Wolverine State to compete at the Michigan Invitational on Saturday. The Beavers had four crews compete twice each on Belleville Lake, as OSU's N8 swept a pair of races against host Michigan and Ohio State while the team's 1V8 finished in second place in a duo of heats that featured those same schools, ranked third and sixth in the nation, respectively.
"Overall, today was a great step forward for this team," Oregon State head coach Emily Ford said. "Each time the crews took to the water they improved. We were up against some great competition and I was pleased to see the team rise to the occasion."
The first of OSU's crews to race in both the morning and evening sessions of the event, the Beavers' N8 of Hailey Page (coxswain), Demetria Thompson, Katie Low, Alissa Kummer, Kaleen Coker, Priscilla Macy, Emily Wright, Julie Stark and Staci Sherer first defeated the Wolverines by more than 11 seconds, finishing with a time of 7:05.62. The matchup with the Buckeyes later in the day was not nearly as easy, as Oregon State (7:10.15) edged Ohio State (7:10.33) by less than two-tenths of a second.
"The novices are really starting to come into their own," Ford said. "These athletes have been strong, steady performers all year and they are starting to find their speed on the water. They were feisty and smart - a great combination."
In the 1V8 tilts against top-10 crews, the Beavers equipped themselves well. No. 3 Michigan won the morning edition with a time of 6:38.47 while Oregon State came in second at 6:55.69. OSU finished in second place to No. 6 Ohio State in the afternoon after finishing in 6:53.72, a mere five seconds behind the Buckeyes. Oregon State finished ahead of Tennessee in both of those races.
The Beavers' 2V8 had a third-place result in the morning, coming in behind Michigan and Tennessee, but backed that up with an improvement in the afternoon session, coming in second place (7:11.09), after Ohio State, but ahead of Tennessee.
Oregon State's 1V4 crew on Saturday finished in third in both of its races. It crossed the finish line behind Tennessee and Michigan in the morning and placed behind Ohio State and the same Lady Vols crew in the afternoon.
"The whole varsity squad was impressive this afternoon," Ford said. "Each crew took everything they learned in the morning and came back firing on all cylinders in the afternoon. They were tenacious racers and great representatives of Beaver Nation."
OSU will be off next weekend before it travels to Pullman to take on Washington State on Saturday, April 28, it what will be the team's final race before the Pac-12 Championships on May 13.
Morning Session Results
Afternoon Session Results
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