April 15, 2012
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State wrapped up competition at the UVA Invitational on Sunday, earning important victories in races against out-of-region competition. MSU swept Northeastern, and won three of five races against No. 18 Clemson, including in the top two boats.
MSU's second varsity eight was the top performer for the Spartans this weekend, pushing top-ranked Virginia to the limit in their opening race (falling by just 1.1 seconds) before posting wins over ranked teams from Minnesota and Clemson, as well as Penn and Northeastern. In today's race, the Spartan 2V had nearly a lenghth of open water over Clemson, and a 15-second advantage over Northeastern at the finish.
"It was a good day for us, and important for us to have a good showing against a nationally ranked team," said head coach Matt Weise. "I was really very happy with the performance of our second varsity eight all weekend , and I thought our other boats are really continuing to improve and get faster every week. This weekend, along with next weekend when we go to California, are critical for us in terms of achieving our goal of getting into the NCAA Championship regatta at the end of the season."
MSU's varsity eight coasted to an open-water victory in the first race of the day for the squad; the Spartan had more than five seconds on Northeastern and a full 10 seconds on Clemson at the finish. The other Spartan winner came in the second varsity four; MSU raced to a seven-second win.
In the other two races, MSU finished behind Clemson but ahead of Northeastern. In the varsity four, Clemson crossed the line in 7:35.6, nearly 10 seconds ahead the Spartans who were, in turn, 14 seconds ahead of Northeastern. In the Novice Eight, MSU was second in a time of 7:15.6, 11 seconds behind the Tigers and 14 seconds ahead of Northeastern.
The Spartans return to campus for a short week of preparation for races against Stanford and Southern California.
MSU vs. No. 18 Clemson, Northeastern
Varsity Eight: MSU 6:39.5; Northeastern 6:45.0; Clemson 6:49.7
Second Varsity Eight: MSU 6:50.8; Clemson 6:57.1; Northeastern 7:05.6
Varsity Four: Clemson 7:35.6; MSU 7:46.0; Northeastern 8:00.1
Second Varsity Four: MSU 7:47.0; Clemson 7:54.4
Novice Eight:Clemson 7:04.6; MSU 7:15.6; Northeastern 7:29.7