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LAS VEGAS — The Oregon State men’s rowing team claimed six second-place finishes in its season opener at the Las Vegas Invitational.

Saturday’s races featured the No. 18 Beavers against No. 4 Cal and No. 25 Marist in the first session, while the second race pitted Oregon State against No. 2 Washington and Marist. OSU had just one race on Sunday against No. 12 Cornell and Marist.

“To have the opportunity to race some of the best teams in the country this early in the season gives us something to build off of,” coach Gabe Winkler said. “Gaining that one more length will be a grind, but the guys are committed to build on this together in the coming months.”

The Beavers’ Varsity 8+, consisting of Hunter Smith, Alex Carlton, Roman Pjajka, Jacob Randall, Tyler Gray, Jacoby Wilson, Nils Patrick and Nick Taylor and directed by Ben Garrison claimed second-place finishes in all three of its races.

On Saturday against Cal and Marist, OSU turned in a time of 6 minutes, 2.61 seconds, just under 13 seconds slower than No. 4 Cal. In the second race the Beavers traversed the course just over a second faster to the tune of 6:01.49, while No. 2 Washington finished in 5: 42.93. Oregon State nearly upset No. 12 Cornell on Sunday finishing in second by three seconds with a time of 5:51.8.

It was the same story for the Second Varsity 8, comprised of Emerson Chase, C.J. Wallace, Zach Niedermeyer, Camron Gharib, Jacob Hart, Samuel Foltz, Austin DeMartine andTrygve Nordby under the direction of Nick West, on the weekend with a trio of second-place finishes.

Against Cal and Marist, the Beavers were outpaced by their Pac-12 rival, finishing in 6:11.28. It was a slower race for OSU in the second race on Saturday against Washington and Marist with the Beavers crossing the finish line in 6:21.43.

The crew had its fastest run of the weekend on Sunday, placing second to Cornell in 6:07.8.

The Beavers return to the water at Gonzaga on March 24.

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