April 9, 2011
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Head Coach Matt Weise
EAST LANSING, Mich.-In their lone home event of the season, the Michigan State rowing team defeated Minnesota and suffered a loss to defending Big Ten champion Wisconsin. MSU's varsity eight and second novice eight each recorded two wins when the Spartans faced the Big Ten foes at Lake Ovid in Sleepy Hollow State Park in Laingsburg, Mich.
"This afternoon we asked them to let loose a little bit more and attack the race course and they did that," said head coach Matt Weise. "I think boats responded because of the pressure that was on them this morning. We are going to see some good competition next week and I hope they can take that with them."
The Spartans were edged by defending Big Ten Champions Wisconsin, 36-33. Michigan State posted two wins over the Badgers, winning in both the second novice eight and the varsity eight. MSU posted a time of 7:12.44 and topped the Badgers by a margin of 5.91 seconds. In the varsity eight race, the Green and White won by a time of 6:37.27. The Badgers and Spartans were neck and neck until the finsl 500 meters of the race when Michigan State pulled away to secure the open water victory by a margin of 6.23 seconds.
The second varsity eight race was a close one between the two schools. UW edged out the Spartans by .80 seconds at the finish.
Against Minnesota, the Green and White only dropped one race - the novice eight, by 1.78 seconds to the Golden Gophers' time of 7.02.08. The Spartans dominated in the varsity eight race, recording a time of 6:34.12 against Minnesota which was the fastest time of any boat on the day. MSU also recorded an impressive time of 6:45.81 in the second varsity eight, edging Minnesota by 12.75 seconds. MSU posted an 11.09 second victory in the second novice eight, and downed Minnesota in the second varsity four by 16.06 seconds with a time of 7:56.01. The final score against the Golden Gophers was 44-25.
The Spartans and Wolverines only faced each other twice in two exhibition novice four races. Michigan State won both of the races by times of 8:20.63 and 8:30.57. Michigan swept Minnesota 46-23 and fell 42-27 to Wisconsin
The Spartan rowers will travel to Charlottesville, Va. to compete with defending National Champion Virginia, USC, and Texas on Saturday, April 16th.