No. 7 Rowing Opens 2010 Season with Victories Over UM and Notre Dame
March 27, 2010
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EAST LANSING, Mich.- The No. 7 Michigan State rowing team opened its 2010 season by welcoming No. 9 Michigan and Notre Dame to Lake Ovid for a series of races. The Spartans bested the Wolverines and Irish each by a score of 43-26. The Spartans captured the varsity eight, second varsity eight and novice four races all by margins of open water.
"It think today went pretty well," said Spartan head coach Matt Weise. "The crew stayed pretty composed and competitive. The lower boats got beat up a couple of weeks ago but they really responded in practice and raced a lot better today and the varsity eights both performed at a real high level today."
Leading the way for the Green and White on the day were the varsity and second varsity eights. In the varsity eight race, the Spartans got out to a quick start gaining a five seat lead on Michigan and Notre Dame 500m into the race. By the 1000m mark the margin had grown to eight seats and it eventually progressed into open water at around 1500m. The Spartans hung onto their open water lead and finished the race in an impressive time of 6:29.6.
The Spartans' second varsity eight fell behind early to rival Michigan trailing by five seats at 500m. MSU cut the UM lead to four seats at the 1000m mark and drew even with the Wolverine boat at 1250m. From there, the Green and White never looked back pushing their lead to five seats at 1500m before cruising to an open water victory in a time of 6:44.04.
The varsity four race saw Notre Dame get out to a quick start and never look back. The Irish boat finished the race winning by open water in a time of 7:35.1. The Spartan boat finished second, posting a time of 7:42.8.
In the second varsity four race, the Spartan boat dominated the competition throughout. Their time of 7:44.6 was good enough for them to cruise to an open water victory of more than 17 seconds over Notre Dame.
In the novice races, the Spartans competed strong but were unable to pick up any victories. In the closest race of the day, the novice eight finished 2.29 seconds behind first place Michigan in a time of 7:06.6. The Spartan boat narrowly edged out Notre Dame for second place by a three seat margin.
The Spartan second novice eight also competed hard but fell to the Wolverines. After trailing the Wolverines by open water for most of the race the Spartan boat rallied and cut the lead to four seats as the boats crossed the finish line.
The Spartan rowers return to action next week when they head to Ithaca, N.Y. for races with Cornell, Yale, Syracuse, Buffalo and Gonzaga.
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