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Women's Crew
Rowing's Varsity Four Knocks Down Nation's Elite



March 27, 2005

PRINCETON, N.J. - Michigan State crew set a precedent for a successful spring season at its first major sprint-racing regatta in Princeton, N.J., on Saturday, March 26. The Spartans faced some of the most competitive teams in the country in Brown and Princeton.

"We raced really well against some very good competition," said head coach Matt Weise. "This was our first big regatta, so it is exciting to be able to begin to gauge where we need to go from here."

State's varsity four earned first place in its race, crossing the finish line in 7:55.5 to defeat Princeton (7:57.2) and Brown (8:02.0).

"The four put together a good piece," Weise said. "They rowed very well. They were in first place from the first stroke of their race until the moment they crossed the finish line. It was theirs the whole time."

The Green and White varsity eight came in third behind its counterparts from Princeton (6:33.2) and Brown (6:37.0) with a 6:42.9 finish time.

"I wanted everyone to focus on executing the race plan," Weise said. "Race-day execution is something we have struggled with at times in the past. I am proud of the team for what we accomplished today, but I was also able to evaluate what our weaknesses are. It was a great learning experience."

MSU novice rowers stayed in Lansing for a scrimmage against Eastern Michigan, where novice coach Christiina Tymoszewicz led the Spartans to several wins over the Eagles.

Up next, State heads to Virginia for an April 2 regatta.

Varsity 8
Princeton - 6:33.2
Brown - 6:37.0
MSU - 6:42.9

2nd Varsity 8 Brown - 7:02.9
Princeton - 7:04.7
MSU - 7:15.0

Varsity Four
MSU - 7:55.5
Brown - 7:57.2
Princeton - 8:02.0




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