March 29, 2014
East Lansing, Mich. - - Michigan State wrapped up its east-coast trip on Saturday morning, lining up with No. 5 Brown and No. 9 Princeton on the Carnegie River in Princeton, NJ.
Lined up with stiff competition, head coach Matt Weise was happy with his crews' continued progress.
"I will never be happy with losing - but I'm happy with our effort, and our progress that we continue to make." said the head coach. "We're a little behind where we'd like to be, but we are seeing progress for sure. A big point of emphaisis for us this week was working on making adjustments as a group and working within our race plan. I really liked what I saw in terms of how we reacted . This is a process, and I really believe that there is more speed for us to find as we progress through the spring. I think we accomplished and learned a lot on this trip and with an opportunity to race some excellent crews."
Facing the top-ten Ivy League crews, the Sprtans finished third in all but the novice eight race, as the Spartans took second behind Princeton by about a length of open water. The varsity eight was just over two lengths behind Princeton, which was six seats behind Brown at the finish. the second varsity was about the same margins back as the varsity boat, as Princeton took the race in 6:54.6, and Brown took second in 6:57.9. MSU was thrd in 7:11.1.
The two fours races were Brown-Princeton-MSU finishes. In the varsity four, Brown blazed down the course in a time of 7:46.8, about 12 seconds better than Princeton and ahead of MSU (8:11:8) The second four race was much closer, with Brown edging Princeton by about two seats; the Spartans were about 10 seconds behind the Tigers in third, and about 23 seconds ahead of Princeton's second entry in the event.
MSU is idle next weekend, and is scheduled to compete next when it hosts Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan in a double-dual on April 12.
Brown 6:45.6; Princeton 6:48.6; Michigan State 6:59.9
Second Varsity Eight:
Princeton 6:54.6; Brown 6:57.9; Michigan State 7:11.1
Brown 7:46.8; Princeton 7:58.4; Michigan State 8:11.8
Second Varsity Four:
Brown 7:55.0; Princeton 7:57.5; Michigan State 8:07.5; Princeton (3rd 4) 8:31.8
Third Varsity Eight/Novice Eight:
Princeton 7:18.5; Michigan State 7:26.3; Brown: 7:34.5