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No. 8 Michigan State Rowing Heads To No. 7 Ohio State For Conference Competition
Paula Thoms and the rest of the Spartans head to Columbus, Ohio, for conference competition on Saturday, April 9.
Paula Thoms and the rest of the Spartans head to Columbus, Ohio, for conference competition on Saturday, April 9.

April 7, 2005

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Competition promises to be close among Big Ten competitors, as No. 8 Michigan State prepares to race No. 7 Ohio State and No. 2 Michigan in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, April 9.

Each event features a morning race, as well as an afternoon race. Brown and Rutgers will also compete in events.

State's novice eight faces Michigan at 8:20 a.m., the first race of the day. The Spartan novice eight will face OSU and Rutgers in the afternoon session at 12:10 p.m. Next, MSU's second varsity eight will take on Michigan at 8:40 a.m., and faces OSU and Rutgers at 12:40 p.m.

The Spartan varsity eight, ranked eighth in the nation, will race Michigan at 9 a.m. In the afternoon session, State's top varsity eight will compete against Rutgers and OSU at 1 p.m.

MSU's varsity four will take the water at 9:20 a.m., to match up against Michigan, followed by a 1:20 p.m. contest against Ohio State. The second varsity four meets OSU and U-M in a 9:45 a.m. race, as well as for a 1:45 p.m. race.

Finally, State's second novice eight will take on U-M and OSU at both 10 a.m. and 1:50 p.m.

The Spartan-Wolverine rivalry will be heightened by the Pontiac Challenge Cup point, which is at stake. The Pontiac Challenge Cup was introduced in Sept., 2003, as a way to incite widespread interest in all 23 sports in which both MSU and U-M compete at the NCAA Division I level.

With each Spartan team's opportunity to defeat U-M is the chance for MSU to earn a Pontiac Challenge Cup point, good toward that season's total. So far in 2004-05, Michigan has won the fall and winter seasons. The Wolverines lead spring competition 1.0-0, but Spartan rowers are prepared to step in and claim the point for their sport.

The Pontiac Challenge Cup point will be given to the school that wins the regatta. Regatta points will be given to the winners of races on the following scale:

First Varsity Eight: nine points
Second Varsity Eight: six points
First Varsity Four: three points
Second Varsity Four: one point
First Novice Eight: three points
Second Novice Eight: one point

Complete results from Saturday's regatta will be available on following the conclusion of events.




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