Rowers Sweep at Big Ten Double Dual
April 10, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The seventh ranked Michigan State rowing team picked up a pair of victories today over Big Ten rivals Ohio State and Indiana at the Big Ten Double Dual at Riddle Point Park on Lake Lemon. The Spartans dropped host Indiana 44-25 and No. 13 Ohio State 36-31.
"It was a really good day for us today," said head coach Matt Weise. "I thought our boats were very aggressive and that helped us pick up a pair of wins."
The Spartans started out the day by facing the crew from Indiana. The Green and White easily handled the Hoosiers , earning victories in five of the six races all by margins of open-water. The Spartan second novice eight set the early tone for the dual by cruising to an open water victory of 38 seconds in a time of 7:23.8. The MSU fours followed suit winning by large margins of open water. The second varsity four won their race by 19.9 seconds in a time of 8:02.8 while the varsity four clocked in a time of 8:03.7 en route to a 35.9 second victory.
The varsity eights closed strong for the Green and White picking up two more open water victories. The second varsity eight bested the Hoosier boat by 22.5 seconds clocking in a time of 7:09.1. The varsity eight finished the opening dual for the Spartans by topping the Hoosier crew by 24.2 seconds in a time of 6:51. The Hoosiers picked up their lone victory in a tightly contested novice eight race. The boats exchanged leads throughout the race but the IU boat pulled way late to win by a boat length.
In the second dual of the day the Spartans faced off with the 13th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. The Spartans and Buckeyes exchanged victories in the novice eight races. The OSU crew topped MSU by a boat length in the second novice eight race while MSU took a tightly-contested novice eight race by a 1.1 second margin. Ohio State claimed an open-water victory in the varsity four race clocking in a time of 7:51.2 to MSU's 7:57.7.
In the closest race of the day, the Spartan second varsity eight dropped a heartbreaker to the Buckeyes. The Spartans got out to a quick start and led by open-water at the halfway point but could not maintain their aggressive pace and eventually fell by a bowball - a margin of .2 seconds.
"I liked how aggressive the second varsity raced today," Weise said. "Even though they couldn't hold on for the win they can take a lot of positives out of that race that we'll build upon this week in practice."
The MSU-OSU dual came down to the varsity eight race. The Spartans got out to an early lead and never looked back en route to a 12.9 second victory in a time of 6:39.3, the fastest time for any boat on the day. The victory by the varsity eight gave the Spartans 18 crucial points which led to the Green and White's 36-31 victory.
The Spartan rowers return to action next weekend when they travel to Griggs Reservoir in Columbus, Ohio for races with No. 8 USC and Big Ten rivals No. 13 Ohio State and No. 10 Michigan.
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