Rowing's Top Boat Captures First Place At Major Regatta
Oct. 31, 2004
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State crew enjoyed success on the water at the Head of the Elk regatta, despite major wind and choppy conditions. The top Spartan varsity eight claimed first place in its event, as did the C-Flight varsity eight.
"Our first varsity eight had a really good race," said MSU head coach Matt Weise. "They decided that this would be their day and it was."
State's two varsity fours and its B-Flight eight each captured second place behind Wisconsin, in close races.
"The fours were really disappointed," said Weise of their second-place finishes. "They rowed well, they just didn't race hard enough. When we get back to practice, they will be working on consistency."
Novice boats also enjoyed racing and gained experience by racing on such a windy day.
"The novices had some ups and some downs," Weise said. "It was rough water and they are just learning how to deal with those kinds of distractions. They are also beginning to learn what it's like to row in the Big Ten and to row against great non-conference crews like Notre Dame. We race again next week, so it's another opportunity for greatness."
Next, MSU heads to Wyandotte, Mich., for the American Heritage Classic on Nov. 7.
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