Spartans Beat Gophers, Fall to UW in Double Dual
April 12, 2014
Belleville, Mich. - Michigan State split its double-dual on Saturday afternoon, falling to Wisconsin in the morning session before rebounding to down Minnesota in the afternoon.
"I thought we struggled a bit this morning, but rebounded and made some good adjustments that made us more successful in the afternoon," said head coach Matt Weise. "We really need to attack the race and be more consistent, and we'll work on that this week. We have some big challenges coming at us again next week when we row at the Clemson Invitational, so we need to continue to make steady improvement. "
The Spartans started strong with wins in each of the novice eight events against Wisconsin, the novice eight winning by nearly a full length. The second novice eight entered the final 500 tight with the Badgers, and held off Minnesota in the final 500 to win by a half-length, posting the best time of the day. In the fours, the Badgers took both races, winning the varsity four race by open water after the Spartans caught a crab in the first 500, but the second varsity four fell by just under a length, maintaining contact through the finish line.
The second varsity eight was about two seats of open water behind the Badgers, crossing the finish line in a time of 6:46.75, and Wisconsin finished in 6:41.2. The varsity eight race was the tightest of any in the morning session, with the Badgers finishing one second ahead of the Spartans, who were clocked in 6:38.38 With wins in four of the six races, the Badgers took the team points title, 42-26.
In the afternoon, the Spartans defeated Minnesota 43-26, winning five of six races. MSU won both novice eight races by open water, and downed the Gophers by 10 seconds in the second varsity four. The Gophers won the varsity four by a 15-second margin, its only race win on the day in either session; the Spartans rebounded with a decisive open-water win in the second varsity eight race, earning a nine-second margin at the finish. The team win came down to the varsity eight, where MSU crossed the line in 6:46.7, a full length ahead of the Gophers.
In the other races of the day, Michigan downed Minnesota in the morning session (48-24), and beat Wisconsin by a score of 42-30 in the afternoon session.
The Spartans will be back in action next weekend at the Clemson Invitational.
Wisconsin wins, 42-26
Michigan State wins, 43-26
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