Rowers Wrap Up Regular Season in Columbus
April 18, 2010
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Michigan State rowing team completed its regular season by competing in a series of races at Griggs Reservoir in Columbus, Ohio. The Spartans, who entered the weekend ranked seventh in the latest coaches poll, met up with three top-15 crews in No. 8 USC, No. 10 Michigan and No. 15 Ohio State in their final races before the Big Ten Championships.
The day started out with the second novice eight race in which the boats of Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan raced even throughout the race. However, in the last 250m the Wolverine boat pulled ahead for good en route to a 2.16 second victory over the MSU crew. The Buckeye crew finished a mere four seats behind the Spartan boat to take third.
The next Spartan boat to compete was the novice eight. In another competitive race, the Green and White crew took home a victory by clocking in a season-best time of 6:45.70. The Michigan crew finished second to MSU by a three seat margin and the Buckeyes finished third by a margin of open water.
The Spartans picked up another victory in the tightly-contested second varsity four race. The Michigan State boat crossed the line in a time of 7:33.60 which was 3.03 seconds better than the second place Ohio State crew. With the victory, the MSU second varsity four remains undefeated in races on the season.
In the varsity four race, USC took home first place after clocking in a time of 7:21.4. The Spartans finished second with a time of 7:26.4, good enough to best the Ohio State and Michigan crews by margins of open water.
The next boat to compete was the Spartan second varsity eight. The 2v8 race was tightly contested throughout with the MSU, UM and OSU boats trading leads throughout the race. Eventually the Michigan boat pulled away down the stretch topping the Ohio State boat by two seconds and the Michigan State boat by 4.38 seconds.
The final races of the day featured the varsity eights of all four schools. All of the teams were bunched together for the first 1000m but the final 1000m came down to the crews from USC and MSU. The Trojan and Spartan boats battled to the finish line with the crew from USC coming out on top by a mere two seats- a margin of 1.79 seconds.
The Spartans return to action on May 1st when they host the Big Ten Championships on Lake Ovid at Sleepy Hollow State Park.
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