May 31, 1998
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Michigan State crew's varsity 8 boat finished third in the I Eights Petite Final Sunday in the NCAA Rowing Championships in Gainesville, Ga. The Spartans completed the 2,000-meter course on Lake Lanier in a time of 7:07.10 behind only Princeton (7:00.60) and Harvard (7:03.70) in the consolation race.
Thanks to its third-place showing in the petite final, MSU's varsity 8 boat finished ninth overall.
"I'm thrilled with our crew's performance," MSU head coach Bebe Bryans said. "We had to row at our best today and the crew responded. We went out hard and well with Harvard and California. We were neck and neck with California at 1,500 meters and pulled away. We made a run at Harvard and fell about a boat length short.
"The times were a little slower today because of a strong head wind. But the wind was fair across the entire course so the true times are reflected from start to finish.
"The last three days have been a microcosm of our entire season," she said. "We learned from each race and learned from the mistakes of the first two races here. I think that's the sign of a mature boat. I wasn't sure what I'd see but the crew deserves the ninth-place finish.
"The crew will be hungry next year. This whole NCAA experience should serve as a springboard for next year. They now know what it takes to be competitive at this level. Within a few days, we'll start preparing for next year."
Michigan State - in its first year of varsity competition - earned one of eight at-large bids for the NCAA varsity 8 race. The Spartans' 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.).