MSU Boats Advance To NCAA Semis
May 28, 2010
Rancho Cordova, Calif. - Michigan State advanced all three of its boats into Saturday's semifinals on the first day of competition at the 2010 NCAA Championship regatta. The Spartan second varsity eight and varsity four both had to race in the repechage heats, but put forth confidence-building efforts in their afternoon races to advance along with the varsity eight.
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The morning started with the varsity eight heats, and MSU lined up with Cal, USC, Washington, and Washington State. The Spartans rowed an easy, steady race, finishing about six seats behind USC, which was a length behind top-ranked Cal. MSU will line up with Cal, Virginia, Yale, UCLA, and Washington in the first semifinal at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Both the second varsity and the varsity four had to race in the afternoon repechage heats. MSU fell from third (which would have qualified them directly to the semifinals) to fifth during the course of the 2V morning heat, but rebounded with a strong effort in the afternoon session, finishing second in the repechage heat. The Spartans were challenged throughout the race but responded well; while fourth after the first 500 meters, the Spartans charged up into second place by the 1000-meter mark and maintained its margin over Ohio State over the remainder of the race. Michigan State was clocked in a time of 6:53.53, about half a length behind repechage winner Washington State. MSU had lined up next to the Cougars in the morning heat, and closed its margin behind WSU from six seconds in the morning race to just over two in the repechage.
The varsity four put on a furious sprint to the finish in its morning heat, but despite gaining about three seats in the final 200 meters on third-place Michigan, the Spartans crossed the line fourth in the opening heat and had to race in the afternoon. In that afternoon race, MSU was about two seats back from race leader (and eventual winner) Stanford, with Clemson battling UCLA for the third and final spot in the semifinals. Clemson turned on the jets in the final 500, as did Ohio State to outpace UCLA. The Spartans crossed the line third (7:39.03), just a bowball behind the Tigers, to claim the third and final remaining spot in Saturday's semis. Clemson edged MSU for second place by seventeen hundredths of a second, clocking in with a time of 7:38.86.
Michigan State gets back on the water Saturday morning for the semifinal heats. Racing begins at 9 pacific time for the eight, followed by the second varsity at 9:30 and the varsity four at 10:15. Complete live results can be found at http://www.jamcotimes.com/2010/ncaaw/index.htm.
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