Spartans Compete in Dale England Cup
April 1, 2011
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State gets its first races against Big Ten competition this weekend when it races for the Dale England Cup in Bloomington, Indiana. The Spartans will not only race Big Ten rival and host Indiana, but also against crews from Boston University and Gonzaga over the two days. All racing will take place at Riddle Point Park on Lake Lemon in Bloomington, Ind.
This is the third year of the Dale England Cup, and Michigan State won the inaugural event in 2009, while host Indiana won last year's competition (MSU did not compete last season).
MSU is bringing six boats to the Friday and Saturday races - two varsity eights, two novice eights, and two fours.
The Spartans began their spring season last weekend on the East coast, racing against traditional powers Princeton and Brown. While losing to both of the Ivy League institutions, head coach Matt Weise felt that there was a lot to learn from which would set up his crews not only for a week of hard work and preparations, but also for succeess down the line.
The Spartans will see a familiar face, as former Spartan assistant Stacy Rippetoe is the head coach for Boston University. The Spartans and Terriers will face off in four races on Friday afternoon. Rippetoe was an assistant coach for the Spartans for eight seasons. One of her assistant coaches, Paula Thoms, is a 2007 graduate of Michigan State and rowed for four years for Weise and Rippetoe.
The Spartan races are listed below, and a full schedule of the weekend races can be found at IUHoosiers.com.
Directions to Riddle Point Park:courtesy of IUHoosiers.com
2011 Dale England Cup Race Schedule
Friday April 1st:
4:24 2N8 - Indiana vs. Michigan State
Saturday April 2nd:
8:48 N8 - Michigan State vs. Gonzaga
2011 Point System
** There are no points awarded for the 2V4 or the 2N8 crews**
Lineups - Dale England Cup at Indiana (with Boston University & Gonzaga)
Second Varsity Eight
Second Varsity Four
Second Novice Eight
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