April 2, 2011
Bloomington, Ind. - The Michigan State rowing team posted sweeps of both Gonzaga and Big Ten foe Indiana on Saturday in Bloomington, capturing the Dale England Cup for the second time in three seasons.
Head coach Matt Weise was happy with his team's performance against Gonzaga and the Hoosiers, as he was on Friday against Boston University. The weather proved to be a bit of a challenge, causing tougher water conditions than the Spartans experienced on Friday. However, all the crews returned strong performances. In session two against Gonzaga, the Spartans opened with an open-water victory in the novice eight, and watched both its varsity four and second varsity four post victories over Gonzaga in the next race. MSU's second varsity eight was 15 seconds - more than three lengths of open water - ahead at the finish, while the varsity eight had a full 30 seconds of margin in its race.
The third session put MSU head-to-head host Indiana, and both teams entered that final session with the full available 80 points through two sessions. The Spartan novice eight had open water over the Hoosiers to start the session well for MSU, and both the varsity four (21.3 seconds) and second varsity four (22.5 seconds) posted sizeable victories in their races. MSU bested the Hoosiers in the second varsity eight by a length and a half of open water, and the varsity eight had a length lead over the Hoosiers at the finish.
With the sweep of the Hoosiers, MSU captured the Dale England Cup with 120 points, while Indiana was second (100 points), Boston University had 78 for third place, and Gonzaga was fourth with 62.
"It was a good weekend for us, and we certainly were able to apply what we worked on in practice this week to be successful," said head coach Matt Weise. "That will be our challenge again this week - to get better as we get ready to host a pair of Big Ten opponents next weekend. "
MSU will host Wisconsin and Minnesota on Lake Ovid next Saturday. The Spartans will race the Badgers in the morning, while Michigan races the Gophers. MSU and Michigan will then flip opponents for the afternoon session. Racing begins next Saturday at 9 a.m.