March 30, 2013
Lansing, Mich. -
Michigan State hosted Michigan and Notre Dame on Saturday on the Grand River in Lansing, as the Spartans and Big Ten foe Iowa races the visitors as well. Early-season dual races often serve as early measuring sticks against competition, which gives coaches an opportunity to assess their boats and identify areas on which to work. From Saturday's races, head coach Matt Weise, fours coach Christiina Donley, and novice coach Katie Bitz were able to assess what they liked about their team's performances, as well as formulate their approach to improving in the next two weeks before the crews race on April 13 at Michigan.
"Our crews started well and handled the nerves if race day, which was a positive," said head coach Matt Weise. "However, the middle of the course is where races are won and lost - and we did not execute in this area today. We will reset on Monday and push this part of our preparation.