April 17, 2011
Charlottesville, Va. - Michigan State wrapped up a competitive weekend of rowing by winning four of five races from No. 18 Texas on Sunday in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"We made some changes in the varsity eight before today's races, and they did go a little faster," noted head coach Matt Weise. "In the varsity eight, I thought we would have had a bit of a smaller margin against Virginia, and USC was really, really impressive this weekend, beating everyone. Our second varsity had a great weekend overall, winning all three races, too. I thought we raced really well on Sunday, and now that we've got the racing piece down, its time to focus on gaining some speed. We have one weekend of duals left, then we'll prepare for Big Tens."
MSU's varsity eight bested Texas by six seats, posting a time o f 6:25.4. The remainder of MSU's wins came by open water, with the largest margin coming in the varsity four, which downed the Longhorns by 11.4 seconds. MSU's second varsity eight posted a time of 6:31.6, a margin of 4.5 seconds. The novice eight posted nearly the same margin in its race, as its 6.53.0 was 4.3 seconds better than the Longhorns. Texas' only win of the day came in the second four, 3.2 seconds ahead of MSU at the finish - Texas' 2V4's time of 7:36.9 was better than its varsity four, while the Spartans were clocked in 7:40.1 - the same time that Texas' varsity four posted.
MSU will race next Saturday in Columbus, lining up with Big Ten rival Ohio State and Washington State.
Varsity Eight: MSU 6:25.4, Texas 6:29.7
Second Varsity Eight: MSU 6:31.6, Texas 6:36.1
Varsity Four: MSU 7:29.5; Texas 7:40.1
Second Varsity Four: Texas 7:36.9, MSU 7:40.1
Third/Novice Eight: MSU 6:53.0, Texas 6:57.3