Rowing Races No. 3 OSU, No. 9 Michigan This Weekend
May 2, 2014
East Lansing, Mich. - - Michigan State heads to Ann Arbor for the second time this season to take on the No. 9 Wolverines and No. 3 and defending National Champion Ohio State on Saturday. Louisville - a team MSU has seen several times this season at various dual races and regattas - will also be racing on Belleville Lake this weekend, as the final push is on for all teams in terms of positioning for NCAA selection.
Michigan State sits as the top team receiving votes in this week's CRCA poll, just outside the top 20. No. 20 Cornell has 48 points, and MSU checks in with 39. The Spartans are one of three Big Ten teams receiving votes, in addition to the four which appear in the top 20 (Indiana sits at No. 13, and Wisconsin is tied for 14th).
As the weather report changed throughout the week and with inclement weather in the forecast for Saturday, the race schedule has been altered several times. The final version calls for racing to begin at 8 a.m., alternating the Michigan-Louisville races with MSU-OSU on 10-minute centers; there will be a 30-minute break between sessions, and racing will resume at 10:20. Ohio State will line up with Louisville in the second session, and MSU faces the Wolverines.
The Spartans are coming off a strong weekend at Virginia last week, in which it downed Duke and raced well against the No. 5 Cavaliers. MSU was able to significantly close the margins against UVA from the time it first saw the crews in opening week of the season.
After this weekend's racing, the team will have two weeks to prepare for the Big Ten Championships, which will be held at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis on Sunday, May 18.
MSU vs. Ohio State, Michigan
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