March 14, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women's crew enjoyed a triumphant return to the water in its first competition of the spring at the President's Cup Regatta in Tampa, Fla. Highlighting an overall strong day, the Spartans captured first place against a highly competitive field in the varsity eight competition.
"Everything went much better than I had expected," head coach Bebe Bryans said. "We had a good week of training, but I had no idea what kind of speed we had. I was pleased with the win, for sure, but more important was the way we maintained our composure."
In addition to the win in the varsity eight, the Spartans finished first in the junior varsity eight and both novice eights finished second in their respective flights. The varsity four also qualified for the finals in its competition.
In the headline race, the varsity eight finals, Michigan State actually trailed for much of the race, but pulled through more experienced crews such as Georgetown and Syracuse at the end. Both of those schools qualified for nationals a year ago, providing a high standard of comparison for Bryans and her crew, which is in its first year as a varsity sport at MSU.
"I think the team was worried that they wouldnit be able to be competitive," Bryans said. "So obviously they are psyched about the results. They are excited to get back to training hard."