May 30, 1998
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Michigan State crew's varsity 8 boat fell short in its bid to reach the finals of the NCAA Rowing Championships in Gainesville, Ga., Saturday. The Spartans finished sixth in the first semifinal race, completing the 2,000-meter course on Lake Lanier in a time of 6:37.10.
Brown (6:22.40) won the first semifinal race and advanced to Sunday's final along with Massachusetts (6:25.60) and Virginia (6:27.80). Defending national champion Washington (6:18.90) took first in the second semifinal heat followed by Northeastern (6:22.10) and Michigan (6:22.70).
Michigan State, which earned one of eight at-large bids for the varsity 8 race, will compete in the petite final Sunday at 2:20 p.m. to determine places 7-12. The petite final field will include Princeton, Harvard, Dartmouth, California and Georgetown.
"That was a great semifinal race," MSU head coach Bebe Bryans said. "I'm amazed at the quality of the top-level programs in the country. I really thought the winning boat would have a time around 6:25. We know there's room for improvement and our goal now is to win the petite final.
"Obviously, we'd love to be in the hunt for the event championship but we got a reality check from the best boats in the country. We were outclassed today but it's an honor to know that Michigan State has one of the top 12 varsity 8 boats in the country. I'm so proud of these women. This first varsity season has certainly been a special one."
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.) and junior Megan Jewett (Portage, Mich.).