April 10, 2004
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Michigan State women's crew dominated its competition, including two Big Ten Conference opponents, to win every race of the day with seven top finishes at the Indiana Crew Classic on Saturday, April 10.
The Hoosiers hosted the four-school contest, which also featured No. 17 Notre Dame and Purdue. No. 10 MSU embarked on race day as the highest ranked among its opponents and emerged, still on top, after the regatta's completion.
State's A-Flight varsity eight took first place (6:28.49) to end Indiana's season winning-streak in the event. Notre Dame (6:34.55) took second place while the Hoosiers (6:46.40) crossed the finish line third and Purdue (6:52.51) followed.
"We faced some very talented crews today," said Spartan head coach Bebe Bryans. "We showed that we have great depth and that is one of the things that we have been working on."
The depth that MSU displayed on the water at the Indiana Crew Classic was just one element contributing to Spartan success.
"This is a team that displays a great amount of teamwork and it is on the days like today that we see how valuable that is," said Bryans.
The Spartan A-Flight varsity four won its race in 7:14.96. The Irish four took second with a time of 7:19.17 and Indiana crossed the finish line third, clocking in at 7:47.96.
State's novice eight captured first place with a time of 7:05.16. Purdue (7:14.09) came in second, followed by Indiana (7:16.06) less than three seconds later. Notre Dame rounded out the race soon thereafter with a time of 7:18.24.
"Everybody has worked to try to be strong, top-to-bottom, across the gamut," said Bryans. "It is nice that our hard work has paid off."
The Green and White B-Flight eight had to work particularly hard for their victory today. Not only did the Spartans have a last-minute boat change, due to a broken steering mechanism in the shell that they had planned to race, but one of the rowers' oars flew out of its oarlock with just 500-meters remaining in the race, which led to a 20-stroke lapse for that seat.
Despite such adversity, the Spartans still captured first place in the event with a 6:40.7 finish. Notre Dame finished second in the B-Flight eight event with a time of 6:47.38. Purdue raced two boats, which finished third (6:53.61) and fourth (7:03.91), while Indiana placed fifth in 7:05.74.
Next, MSU will host Michigan for State's only home regatta of the spring racing season. The Spartans will face the Wolverines on Lake Ovid at Sleepy Hollow State Park on April 17.