Michigan State's varsity eight has been named the Big Ten Boat of the Week, as announced by the Conference office on Tuesday afternoon.
The No. 17 Spartans had a pair of races last weekend in Cambridge, Mass., and came away with wins over five New England crews in two impressive first-place finishes.
On Saturday, the Spartans battled cold, choppy conditions as well as the three other boats in the race. The Spartans held off Northeastern at the finish, edging ahead by a bowball at the final horn. MSU crossed in a time of 6:25.618, just over three-tenths of a second ahead of the Huskies (6:25.948). The Spartans were down by nearly a length at the 1,000 meter mark, but gained their composure and turned on the speed over the second half of the race. MSU out-sprinted Northeastern in the final 400 meters to earn the victory. UMass was more than 15 seconds behind to take third (6:41.016), with Boston University in fourth (6:48.938).
On Sunday, MSU took on No. 17 Harvard/Radcliffe and Boston College, and held a one-seat lead at the 500 meter mark, and started to open up and pushed their lead over Radcliffe out to three seats at the halfway point. The Spartans pushed their lead to six seats and out to a full length as the teams approached the final sprint, and crossed the line in a time of 6:34.2, about a seat of open water over their hosts, who finished in 6:39.1. Boston College was 19 seconds behind the Spartans.
MSU will host Eastern Michigan in a series of scrimmage races on Saturday on the Grand River, but will next race at the Big Ten Championships on May 13-14.