MSU Women's Crew Starts Strong In Spring Racing Debut
March 12, 2004
DURHAM, N.C. - MSU women's crew enjoyed a successful return to the water at its first spring race, a controlled competition hosted by Duke on March 12, 2004. The event entailed a series of races for each boat and coaches had the opportunity to speak with their athletes in between pieces.
"It was really good racing for us," said MSU head coach Bebe Bryans. "It was a great first race, especially after a long period of training."
MSU's A-flight varsity eight won its first two pieces and its last, of the four races in which it competed, while the B-flight varsity eight won its first and last races, of four total. The Spartan A-flight varsity four won all four events in which it competed, and Duke only raced one four. Formal results will be available later this afternoon.
"Duke is going to be very fast this year," said Bryans.
Although she is pleased with her team's showing at Duke, Bryans is already looking to the future. The Spartans face Tennessee and Notre Dame at Tennessee tomorrow, March 13, and Bryans has shared her ideas about how to achieve rowing success with her athletes.
"The main thing that we need to work on is staying more relaxed, so that we can be more powerful," said Bebe. "We talked about that in between pieces and (the MSU athletes) responded really well. By the third piece today, we were taking that intensity and channeling it properly."
After tomorrow's match up at Tennessee, novice Spartans head to Ann Arbor, Mich., where they will face Clemson, Michigan and Notre Dame on March 27. Spartan varsity boats will travel to San Francisco for the Windermere Cup Classic, where they will face a host of top-slated crews, also on March 27.
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