Strong Winds Force Cancellation Of Season-Opening Regatta
March 12, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State was ready to take the water and race after a long winter of training, and while it looked like the Spartans would have their chance on Saturday, March 12, strong winds forced the cancellation of their season-opening regatta versus Tennessee and Notre Dame. Just three races were completed at the Tennessee-hosted regatta on Fort Loudon Lake before the cancellation, though MSU's novice eight was able to grab a win before the call was made.
"Conditions were just terrible," MSU head coach Matt Weise said. "Because of the weather, it is tough for me to accurately gauge our performance, but there are a few things that were evident despite the conditions. I was impressed with the novice eight. They were very composed in the rough water."
State's novice eight crossed the finish in 5:43.96, ahead of Notre Dame (6:00.74) and Tennessee (6:02.61).
The Spartan varsity eight battled its way through the choppy water and fierce wind to a second-place finish. State recorded a time of 5:17.12, while Tennessee took the win (5:10.34) and Notre Dame (5:32.15) came in third.
"Our varsity eight had a decent piece," Weise said. "Because it is so early in the season, we are just beginning to identify what it will take for them to have racing success. They didn't execute the plan as quickly as I had hoped. We definitely need to be more aggressive off the start."
State's varsity four started down the racecourse, but did not finish as its boat was swamped with water and began to sink. Head coaches convened and decided to cancel the regatta shortly thereafter.
Up next, MSU heads to Princeton, N.J. to face Princeton and Brown on Saturday, March 26.
1) Tennessee -- 6:13.04
2) Notre Dame -- 6:28.94
3) MSU -- Swamped
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