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CHERRY HILL, N.J. - The Oregon State men's Varsity 8 crew team placed fifth in its heat and 17th overall on Saturday at the IRA regatta, their sport's national championship.

The Beavers were seeded 17th and lost senior Mike Buckiewicz to a back injury after Friday's repechage. Andrew Read raced in his place on Saturday.

"We only had one senior racing, so this group has the opportunity to improve on their showing at next year's championships," coach Steve Todd said.

The Open 4 finished in sixth place overall. The Freshmen 8 placed sixth in its heat on Saturday and took 12th overall.

"We are excited to continue to work with these young men," said Todd of the season's conclusion. "They've been improving all year, but we still have a lot to learn.

"Racing at the IRA is the best way to get that exposure to the intensity of collegiate rowing."

IRA Championships

VARSITY 8 C FINALS (13-18): Navy 5:39.500; Stanford 4:24.043; Wisconsin 5:43.767; Pennsylvania 5:45.357; Oregon State 5:47.674; Jacksonville 6:02.399.

OPEN 4 CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS (1-6): Cornell 6:16.781; Wisconsin 6:21.733; Washington 6:22.862; Brown 6:24.731; California 6:26.230; Oregon State 6:32.510.

FRESHMAN 8 PETITE FINALS (7-12): Boston University 5:44.509; Brown 5:47.454; Wisconsin 5:48.383; Navy 5:49.237; Columbia 5:54.163; Oregon State 5:59.372.

CV grad Pohl hired

Former Crescent Valley High soccer star Eric Pohl has been hired as an assistant coach for the women's program, head coach Linus Rohde announced.

He succeeds former OSU star Morgan Crabtree, who left the program in April to become the head coach at Pacific University in Forest Grove.

Pohl was OSU's volunteer assistant coach and team camp director at Oregon State last season, when the Beavers advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

He also is the director of coaching for the Corvallis United Soccer Club.

"I'm very excited for Eric to join our program on a full time basis," Rhode said. "He's a great fit for our program.

"He has a very good eye for talent and has a terrific understanding of the game."

Pohl scored 86 goals for the Raiders and is the school's Hall of Fame. He played collegiately at the University of San Diego, helped the Toreros advance to the 2003 NCAA tournament, and graduated in 2007 with a degree in business administration.

"It is a great feeling to have earned the trust and respect of the coaching staff as the volunteer assistant this past year," Pohl said.

"I'm thrilled to coach in my hometown at the highest level, and work daily with an athletic department full of top quality coaches and administrators.

"We had great success this last season, and I look forward to improving on it in the years to come."

Pohl was a four-year state captain, and a National Pool player for one season in the the Olympic Development Program.

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