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Spartan Rowing Embarks On Second Postseason Regatta
Assistant coach Matt Weise helps to launch a Green and White boat, seeing the Spartans off of the dock for one of their many victories in 2004.
Assistant coach Matt Weise helps to launch a Green and White boat, seeing the Spartans off of the dock for one of their many victories in 2004.

May 14, 2004

EAST LANSING, Mich.- - While the Michigan State campus has fallen relatively silent with the departure of the majority of its students for summer vacation, the Spartan rowing team is still going strong as it prepares to travel to Oak Ridge, Tenn. for the Central/South Region Championship Regatta.

The No. 11 Spartans will contend for its seventh-straight bid to the NCAA Championship Regatta, facing 23 opponents from the South and Central Regions for two days of racing on Melton Hill Lake from May 15-16.

Competitors will also battle for the Lexus Cup, which top finisher Ohio State claimed in 2003 with 76 points. Virginia (70) and Michigan (67) took second and third places, respectively, followed by Michigan State (58), Iowa (52) and Tennessee (43). Before 2003, the Wolverines won the Central Region Championship an impressive five consecutive times.

State will face a slew of nationally ranked crews from the Central Region, including 2004 Big Ten Champion Michigan (No. 3), No. 5 Ohio State, No. 10 Wisconsin and No. 14 Notre Dame. No. 7 Virginia and No. 20 Texas represent top-ranked teams from the Southern Region.

The remainder of the field includes Cincinnati, Clemson, Central Florida, Duke, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Minnesota, Murray State, North Carolina and Southern Methodist University.

Forecasters expect Saturday to be marked by scattered thunderstorms with a 60 percent chance of precipitation, a high temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 59 degrees. Sunday is expected to be partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of rain, with highs in the mid eighties and a low temperature of 59 degrees. Slight winds are expected to blow from the South throughout the weekend.

Coming off of a hugely successful regular season, the Green and White finished fourth overall at the Big Ten Championship Regatta in Iowa City, Iowa on May 1st, earning 111 points total. The Spartans recorded a team total score just one point behind third-place Ohio State's 112 and just four points behind Wisconsin, who registered 115 team points. Michigan took the conference championship title for the second-consecutive year with 128 points.

The Spartans' highlight of the 2004 Big Ten Championship was their B-Flight varsity four's victory, which earned them the Big Ten title in that event. State crossed the finish line in 7:42.3 to defeat the Wolverines, who took second.

Tennessee's Lady Vols will host the eighth-annual Lexus Sprints. Visit for more information about the regatta and for live results updates. Complete results will be posted on the official MSU website following the conclusion of races on Sunday.

Interestingly, the Central/Southern Champion is not guaranteed an automatic NCAA bid to Nationals, as in many other sports. Bids are determined based on several areas of criteria, but results from the Central/Southern Regional Championship Regatta will be weighed heavily in the selection process. Tuesday, May 18 marks selection day, when programs receiving bids will be announced. The NCAA National Championship Regatta will take place in Sacramento, Calif. over Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 28- Sunday May 30.

Top finishing boats will earn points to contribute to each team's total score, based on the following scale:

Finish IV8 IIV8 IV4 IIV4 IN8 2N8 1 207 126 54 30 8 3 2 198 120 51 28 7 2 3 189 114 48 26 6 1 4 180 108 45 24 5 5 171 102 42 22 4 6 162 96 39 20 3 7 153 90 36 18 2 8 144 84 33 16 1 9 135 78 30 14 10 126 72 27 12 11 117 66 24 10 12 108 60 21 8 13 99 54 18 6 14 90 48 15 4 15 81 42 12 2 16 72 36 9 17 63 30 6 18 54 24 3 19 45 18 20 36 12 21 27 6 22 18 23 9

Qualifying heats are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, with final races concluding around 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 16. A complete schedule of events is listed below.


I Novice Eight
      9:00 a.m.      Heat 1
      9:10 a.m.      Heat 2
      9:20 a.m.      Heat 3
II Varsity Four
      9:30 a.m.      Heat 1
      9:40 a.m.      Heat 2
I Varsity Four
      9:50 a.m.      Heat 1
      10:00 a.m.     Heat 2
      10:10 a.m.     Heat 3
II Varsity Eight
      10:20 a.m.     Heat 1
      10:30 a.m.     Heat 2
      10:40 a.m.     Heat 3
I Varsity Eight
      10:50 a.m.     Heat 1
      11:00 a.m.     Heat 2
      11:10 a.m.     Heat 3
      11:20 a.m.     Heat 4


I Novice Eight 2:00 p.m. Semifinal A 2:10 p.m. Semifinal B II Varsity Four 2:20 p.m. Repechage 1 I Varsity Four 2:30 p.m. Semifinal A 2:40 p.m. Semifinal B II Varsity Eight 2:50 p.m. Semifinal C/D 1 3:00 p.m. Semifinal C/D 2 3:10 p.m. Semifinal A/B 1 3:20 p.m. Semifinal A/B 2 I Varsity Eight 3:30 p.m. Semifinal C/D 1 3:40 p.m. Semifinal C/D 2 3:50 p.m. Semifinal A/B 1 4:00 p.m. Semifinal A/B 2 SUNDAY FINALS

9:00 a.m. II Varsity Eight D Level Final 9:10 a.m. I Varsity Eight D Level Final 9:20 a.m. I Novice Eight C Level Final 9:30 a.m. I Varsity Four C Level Final 9:40 a.m. II Varsity Eight C Level Final 9:50 a.m. I Varsity Eight C Level Final 10:00 a.m. II Novice Eight A Level Final 10:10 a.m. I Novice Eight B Level Final 10:20 a.m. I Novice Eight A Level Final 10:30 a.m. II Varsity Four B Level Final 10:40 a.m. II Varsity Four A Level Final 10:50 a.m. I Varsity Four B Level Final 11:00 a.m. I Varsity Four A Level Final 11:10 a.m. II Varsity Eight B Level Final 11:20 a.m. II Varsity Eight A Level Final 11:30 a.m. I Varsity Eight B Level Final 11:40 a.m. I Varsity Eight A Level Final

Based on 2004 Big Ten Championship lineups

Varsity Eight
Coxswain: Michelle Fix
Stacey Hicks; Erin Robertson; Roz Bialczak; Christen Brown; Jasmine Pickler; Paula Thoms; Kirsten Rasanen; Katie Isaacs.
Varsity Eight II
Coxswain: Beth Smith
Amy Pennington; LaToyia Bowman; Sarah Brady; Christie Daiss; Adrienne Cleland; Jackie Boswell; Jenna Peters; Abby Weiber.
Varsity Four
Coxswain: Stacia Beiniks
Tara Middleton; Suzanne Buzzell; Ashley Johnson; Jill Drexler.
Varsity Four II
Coxswain: Emily Ferry
Liz Brennan; Julia Burke; Kathy Sorowyk; Renee Bloome.
Novice Eight
Coxswain: Bridgette Curry
Stef Lake; Rachael Malenfant; Daragh Gibson; Megan Pickler; Pia Zwegers; Nicolette Clifford; Marguerite Pierce; Taira Lehman.
Novice Eight II
Coxswain: Emily Eubanks
Robin Dempsey; Jen Gibbons; Katie Krieger; Megan Black; Katie VanderHoek; Jen Brighton; Colleen Aquinto; Megan McCuen.

Contact: Adrienne LaFrance (517) 355-2271




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