Spartans Wrap Up Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational
March 16, 2014
East Lansing, Mich. - - Michigan State wrapped up competition at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Regatta on Sunday morning, lining up with Virginia and Louisville. Facing stiffer competition than it saw on Saturday, MSU failed to win a race, but got a pair of second-place finishes in the novice eight and second varsity four. Virginia swept all six boat classes on the day.
"This was a weekend of competition that we added late, but it was beneficial for us in a lot of ways," said head coach Matt Weise. "I think we really learned a lot this weekend. I wanted to see more out of the crews today than we saw yesterday, and they delivered - even though it won't show in that we didn't win. We're very much a work in progress. "I really believe that this team has a lot of speed that it will be able to develop over time," continued Weise. "We've identified the holes, and we just keep on working towards getting better. With races this early, we're also learning how to race, and what it's going to take to be successful."
In the varsity eight race, the Spartans were in third place, a half-length behind Louisville; Virginia sprinted out to a big lead and posted a 10-second margin over the Cardinals at the finish. In the second varsity eight, each boat crossed the line 10 seconds apart, with Virginia leading the way in a time of 7:25.300. The Cavaliers had an even larger margin in the varsity four, posting a 7:25.800 (just four seconds off the time of its 2V8), with Louisville more than 16 seconds behind.
In the second four, MSU finished second to UVA , crossing the line in a time of 7:43.695, five seconds ahead of Louisville but nearly 18 behind the race winner Virginia. MSUs novice eight was just over two lengths behind Virginia, but was more than 12 seconds ahead of Louisville at the finish. MSU's second novice lined up with the third varsity boats from Virginia, Notre Dame and Duke, finishing third behind the Cavaliers and Irish, clocked in a time of 7:24.97.
Michigan State will have a one-week hiatus, and will next compete the weekend of March 28-29. The Spartans will take on Boston University and future Big Ten foe Rutgers on Friday, March 28, then will race Princeton and Brown on Saturday, March 29.
Sunday Morning Session: vs. Virginia, Louisville
Second Varsity Eight
Second Varsity Four
Second Novice Eight (in 3V8 race)
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