Michigan State opened their Big Ten season on Friday night in New Brunswick, posting victories over Rutgers in each of the three NCAA boats.
“I thought we raced well, but not particularly great,” admitted head coach Matt Weise after the Big Ten opener. “They raced with good energy, but were really only fair when it came to execution. One thing that we have been good with so far this year is making adjustments, so that’s what we will be looking for and I expect tomorrow to be better. We will be racing top-10 crews, so those adjustments will be important for us to have success.”
In the varsity eight, MSU had an open-water victory, clocked in a time of 6:53.6, with Rutgers more than 22 seconds behind in a time of 7:12.2. In the second varsity, MSU held an 18-second advantage over its Rutgers counterpart, but was penalized for going out of its lane along the course.
The varsity four raced a pair of set pieces against the Scarlet Knights, and while official times were not kept, both races were won by the Spartans.
MSU heads south to take on a pair of Ivy crews on Saturday. MSU will race on Lake Carnegie against the No. 10 Princeton Tigers and No. 5 Brown in races that begin at 9:20 am.
Varsity Eight: Michigan State 6:53.6; Rutgers 7:16.2 Second Varsity Eight: Michigan State 7:00.9; Rutgers 7:18.8 Varsity Four: Michigan State won both 500-meter pieces; official times not kept