Rowers Split at Stanford, lose to No. 5 USC
April 21, 2012
In its final dual races of the season, the 14th-ranked MSU rowers took two of three races from host and No. 11 Stanford in the morning session, and had some tight races with Southern California before losing all three races to the No. 5 Women of Troy in the afternoon session.
"I thought the varsity eight was really pretty good today, and I was really happy to see the four compete so well," said head coach Matt Weise. "Overall, though, the second varsity really had the biggest improvement from the morning to the afternoon. We're heading into championship season, and for them to get things figured out and put together such a strong race in the afternoon was a really good sign. "
The crews battled heat on Saturday, as the sessions started at 11 am and 4 p.m. pacific time, in the highest heat of the day. Temperatures were over 90 degrees, the first races with such high temps for the Spartans this season. MSU's varsity eight opened up a half-length lead on the host Cardinal to open competition this morning, posting a time of 6:25.5. The varsity four also got a win over Stanford, building a commanding lead and coasting to a 10-second margin over its hosts. The second varsity eight did not fare as well as the other two boats, falling to Stanford by 12 seconds.
In the afternoon, the Spartan varsity was bested by Southern Cal by nine seconds in the first race. The second varsity was six seats back on USC at the finish, but improved upon its time from the morning race by six seconds. In the closest race of the day, the Spartans and USC were neck-and-neck at the finish, with the Women of Troy getting the win by 1.2 seconds.
Meanwhile, while the NCAA boats were on the west coast, the novices welcomed Indiana's novices and second varsity four to East Lansing for a series of pieces. MSU's second varsity four won 3 of 4, dropping the second piece to Indiana by about 2 seats. The novices won all their pieces against IU's two novice eights; the second novice eight won the second piece, while the novice eight won the other three.
Morning Session: MSU vs No. 11 Stanford:
Varsity Eight: MSU 6:25.6, Stanford 6:27.5
Afternoon Session: MSU vs No. 5 Southern Cal:
Varsity Eight: Southern Cal 6:23.5; MSU 6:32.5
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