April 21, 2013
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State's novice eights and second varsity four were the stars of the Sunday session of the Clemson Invitational for MSU, as the team wrapped up two days of highly competitive racing.
However, after a review of the races on Sunday, the second half of the day's race times were wiped from the official results due to the inability of the officials to guarantee the alignment of the boats at the start. Therefore, the novice eights and second varsity four results, (all strong performances for the Green & White) won't be an offical part of the day's record.
Due to concerns about escalating winds, the raceday began earlier than planned and reduced the second half of the racing schedule to 1500 meter races. The officials went back after the day's slate had been completed to review the results and conditions for those races, due to the boats being too far apart, the officials could not declare them to be official races.
"The varsity eights and the varsity four is making progress, there's not a doubt about that," said head coach Matt Weise. "We're struggling because the progress isn't coming fast enough to allow us to be more competitive as we line up among some of the best crews in the country in the recent weeks. We have to continue to work on generating speed and executing the raceplan. I'm very, very proud of the novice boats, because they have steadily shown improvement and have figured out how to execute and generate that speed that is making them successful right now. While their Sunday wins won't show up in the official record of the weekend, they know that they crossed the finish line with a win, which goes a long way in their development and progress."
The complete results can be found at the Official Clemson Athletics Site
MSU's varsity eight and second varsity eight both finished fifth their heats. The varsity eight crossed the finish line in a time of 6:58.1, behind Louisville (6:46.7), Clemson, Cornell, and Duke. The second varsity eight was behind Cornell (7:09.7), Oklahoma, Clemson, and Louisville, clocked in a time of 7:19.3.
MSU's varsity four was also fifth in its heat, as Louisville had a length lead on Cornell at the finish; Clemson and Duke fought it out throughout the spring for the third spot, with that eventually going to the hosts, with Duke six seats behind.
MSU's novice eight won all three races this weekend, while the second novice eight earned a victory on Sunday after two second-place finishes on Saturday. As previously mentioned, the Sunday results will not count in the official record, but the strong racing and the experience gained by the novice rowers were all positives for those boats.