Delayed Racing Finally Completed for Spartan Rowers
 
 
 
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April 16, 2011

Charlottesville, Va. - Michigan State continued its action on Lake Monticello in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday after a significant delay, but got in races for all boats against Clemson and Southern Cal. The Spartans split their races with the Tigers, and took one of the three races against Southern Cal in the races of NCAA boats.

After pre-emptively trying to get ahead of the weather on Friday by moving the Saturday morning races to Friday afternoon, the afternoon racing for Michigan State, scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., finally got underway at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening. MSU's novice eight got its first victory with its novice eight, besting the Tigers by about 10 secondsby clocking a time of 7:42.3. The Spartan second four lined up with two Clemson boats, and turned in a time of 8:15.9, falling to the Tigers' "A" boat (8:09.8) but posting a comfortable margin over its "B" entry.

The Spartans took on Southern Cal with its three NCAA boats - the varsity eight, second eight, and varsity four. The four finished a significant margin behind the Women of Troy, clocked at 7:57.5; USC was 7:45.0. MSU's second varsity won for the second time this weekend, posting a open-water victory with its time of 6:54.4; USC was a length and a half back with a 7:00.8. The Women of Troy's varsity eight posted the best time on the water of the day, clocking in at 6:36.8, which was a full eight seconds better than any of the other five varsity eights and 13.2 seconds better than MSU's 6:51.0.

The Spartans have one more dual lined up for this trip, and will line up with Texas Sunday morning. Racing is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.

Varsity Eight: USC 06:36.8, MSU 06:51.0
Second Varsity Eight: MSU 6:54.4, USC 7:00.8
Varsity Four: USC 7:45.0, MSU 7:57.5
Second Varsity Four:Clemson "A" 08:09.8, MSU 08:15.9, Clemson "B" 8:25.4
Third Varsity/Novice Eight: MSU 7:42.3, Clemson 7:52.4