May 19, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State crew's varsity 8 boat has accomplished its goal of an NCAA Championship berth, as the Spartans will compete the weekend of May 30-31 on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga., the NCAA selection committee announced today.
The invitation to NCAAs caps off a tremendous year for Michigan State, which is in its first year as a varsity sport on campus. The Spartan varsity 8 boat has compiled a 5-1 record in dual races and finished first, second or third in each of its four multi-school regattas this spring.
"This is an amazing accomplishment for these women," head coach Bebe Bryans said. "To reach the NCAA Championship in our first season is incredible. It's a testament to the success our program has had and the hard work the athletes have put forth."
Michigan State's varsity 8 boat is comprised of: junior Sarah Radvansky (coxswain; Oak Park, Ill.), junior Elizabeth Korth (Portage, Mich.), junior Diane Wierenga (Jenison, Mich.), senior Elizabeth Rockwood (Barrington, Ill.), sophomore Angela Lound (Holland, Mich.), junior Renee Olin (Northville, Mich.), sophomore Nicole Pefley (Grand Rapids, Mich.), junior Liz Schafer (Troy, Mich.), junior Megan Jewett (Portage, Mich.).
The NCAA Rowing Championship has races for varsity 8, second varsity 8 and varsity 4. Sixteen schools race in the varsity 8 competition at the NCAA Championship. Eight spots are taken by schools which qualify entire teams; Michigan State is one of eight schools which qualified its varsity 8 boat to fill out the 16 spots.
The complete listing of varsity 8 boats in the NCAA Championship (seeded boats with *): Boston University, Brown*, California, Dartmouth, George Washington, Georgetown, Harvard, Ithaca, Massachusetts, Michigan*, MICHIGAN STATE, Northeastern, Princeton, Virginia, Washington*, William Smith.
Central Championships/The Lexus Cup
Oak Ridge, Tenn. FINALS TEAM STANDINGS Varsity 8 First Novice 8 The Lexus Cup Pts. 1. Michigan 5:56.60 1. Iowa 6:21.40 1. Virginia 62