May 5, 2013
East Lansing, Mich. -- - Michigan State completed its dual racing on Sunday morning at Wisconsin, facing off with the host Badgers and Minnesota. MSU dropped both duals, but head coach Matt Weise was encouraged by the progress he's seen in his squad.
"We are making progress. The gaps are much smaller but we need to make a huge push prior to Big Tens to make ourselves competitive," said Weise. "I think they are able to do this, and hope that they are willing to push their speed over the next two weeks. We have two weeks before the Championships, and it will be two weeks of very hard work ahead."
Conditions were nearly perfect on Lake Mendota, as the water was flat and calm. MSU's two varsity boats each finished third behind their two Big Ten rivals; Minnesota won the varsity eight race in a time of 6:34.4, with Wisconsin (6:36.5) a half a length back and MSU clocked in a time of 6:42.6. In the second varsity eight, Wisconsin (6:46.3) finished first, followed by the Gophers (6:50.7), and the Spartans (6:56.4).
Both of MSU's fours had a promising day, each finishing second . The host Badgers won the varsity four race, in a time of 7:28.7. MSU crossed the finish line in 7:42.7, and Minnesota open water behind the two in 7:54.0. Wisconsin also won the second varsity four race, in 7:30.6; MSU crossed in 7:46.2, and Minnesota was three seats back in 7:49.4. The Badgers also entered a third four in the race, and that boat was more than 25 seconds behind the three second varsity four entries (8:16.1).
MSU's novice eight finished third in its race. Wisconsin (6:57.1) edged Minnesota (6:58.8) by about three seats at the finish, with MSU just over a length behind (7:02.9). MSU's second novice entry was second behind the Badgers, who finished in 7:09.4. MSU was a half a length back (7:11.7), as Minnesota was almost six seats behind the Spartans, and trailed by more than 15 seconds by Wisconsin's third novice boat.
MSU now has two weeks to prepare for the Big Ten Championships, which will be held in Indianapolis in two weeks.
MSU at Wisconsin with Minnesota
Varsity Eight: Minnesota 6:34.4; Wisconsin 6:36.5; Michigan State 6:42.6
Second Varsity Eight: Wisconsin 6:46.3; Minnesota 6:50.7; Michigan State 6:56.4
Varsity Four: Wisconsin 7:28.7; Michigan State 7:42.7; Minnesota 7:54.0
Second Varsity Four : Wisconsin 2V 7:30.6; Michigan State 7:46.2; Minnesota 7:49.4; Wisconsin 3V 8:16.1
Novice Eight : Wisconsin 6:57.1; Minnesota 6:58.8; Michigan State 7:02.9
Second Novice Eight: Wisconsin 2N 7:09.4; Michigan State 7:11.7; Minnesota 7:14.7; Wisconsin 3N 7:31.4