Spartans Struggle In Day One of NCAAs
 
 
 
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May 25, 2012

West Windsor, NJ - The first day of racing on Lake Mercer was not kind to Michigan State, as all three boats failed to advance to Saturday's semifinals. The Spartans will row in the third-level finals on Sunday morning,

"Obviously, this is a pretty disappointing day for us," said head coach Matt Weise. "The varsity eight had a pretty good race this morning, and was just in a really fast heat. This afternoon they were also right in the thick of things, and just came up short by the slimmest of margins. Unfortunately, our top speed was not enough to put us in the top 12."

The varsity eight had the most painful of defeats on the day. In the morning heat, the Spartans were in the fastest grouping of the day and finished the session with the seventh-fastest time overall (and faster than any boat in the third heat) - but since Michigan, Southern Cal, and UCLA raced nearly three across over the final sprint, the Spartans had to row in the reps in the afternoon. In that race, the Spartans fell off in the second 500 meters, but battled back in the sprint to make it a near photo-finish. In the end, Yale edged the Spartans by three-tenths of a second to grab the third and final spot in the Saturday semifinal.

MSU's second varsity and varsity four had frustrating outings as well. Both finished seventh in the repechage heats, after finishing sixth (2V8) and fifth (varsity four) in its morning heats.

FRIDAY RESULTS Varsity Eight

Heat 1: (1) Virginia 6:37.03; (2) Washington 6:43.51; (3) Harvard 6:44.18; (4) Brown 6:50.78; (5) Yale 6:52.60

Heat 2: (1) Michigan 6:38.48; (2) Southern Cal. 6:40.49; (3) UCLA 6:41.93; (4) Michigan State 6:46.80; (5) Cornell 6:54.40

Heat 3: (1) Ohio St. 6:49.85; (2) California 6:52.19; (3) Princeton 6:53.48; (4) Notre Dame 7:04.44; (5) Wisconsin 7:00.46; (6) Stanford 7:11.59

 

 

Repechage: (1)Stanford 6:47.31; (2) Cornell 6:50.28; (3) Yale 6:51.20; (4) Michigan State 6:51.55 (5) Brown 6:52.46; (6) Wisconsin 6:54.30; (7) Notre Dame 7:07.98

Second Varsity Eight

Heat 1: (1) California 6:52.49 (2) UCLA 6:54.50; (3) Brown 6:55.22; (4) Wisconsin 6:56.49; (5) Southern Cal. 7:01.65

Heat 2: (1) Michigan 6:50.77; (2) Virginia 6:55.04; (3) Yale 6:57.78; (4) Stanford 7:00.59; (5) Notre Dame 7:00.60

Heat 3: (1) Ohio St. 6:43.97; (2) Princeton 6:45.95; (3) Washington 6:47.56; (4) Cornell 6:53.47; (5) Harvard 6:59.07; (6) Michigan State 7:03.34

Repechage: (1) USC 7:00.09 (2) Wisconsin 7:00.87; (3) Stanford 7:01.06; (4) Notre Dame 7:01.08; (5) Cornell 7:04.42; (6) Harvard 7:05.55 (7) Michigan State 7:16.25

Varsity Four

Heat 1: (1) California 7:19.73; (2) Princeton 7:23.28; (3) Harvard 7:25.78; (4) Cornell 7:27.36; (5) Michigan State 7:36.70

Heat 2: (1) Virginia 7:16.70; (2) Washington 7:21.32; (3) UCLA 7:21.70; (4) Stanford 7:30.89; (5) Michigan 7:32.62

Heat 3: (1) Ohio St. 7:19.94; (2) Yale 7:25.73; (3) Wisconsin 7:28.88; (4) Notre Dame 7:32.14; (5) Southern Cal. 7:40.16; (6) Brown 7:42.79

Repechage: (1) Michigan 7:50.90; (2) Notre Dame 7:51.50; (3) Cornell 7:52.24; (4) Brown 7:58.00; (5) Stanford 8:02.48; (6) USC 8:06.66; (7) Michigan State 8:07.05