May 26, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State crew's varsity 8 boat will complete a dream season this weekend on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga.
The Spartans - in their first year of varsity competition - earned one of eight at-large bids for the varsity 8 race.
"The excitement hasn't worn off yet - it won't ever wear off," head coach Bebe Bryans said. "I've been associated with a lot of neat experiences in this sport, but the evolution of this team is the most exceptional thing I have ever been involved with."
The field of 16 begins to be pared down Friday morning, May 29, as the top two teams from each of two heats advance to Saturday's semifinals. The rest of the boats race again Friday afternoon with another chance to advance, with 12 boats in all making it to the semifinals. Six boats will make it to Sunday's grand finals, with the remaining six racing in the petite finals.
"Our dream goal would be to make the finals," Bryans said. "But the primary goal - as it has been all along - is to be faster than we were the last time out. The neat thing about this boat is that it is still getting faster. If we do that, we'll make everyone have to beat us."
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 complete listing of the 16 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.