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Beavers Having Success With Horsepower

Oregon St. excels in some activities even the new Pac-12 Network probably won't be bringing into your living room, since they aren't "Olympic" sports, but this past weekend nevertheless saw the Beavers have the horsepower to enjoy considerable success on the national level.

The Oregon State Motorsports team claimed their second straight Formula SAE National Championships, only the third time there has ever been a repeat winner.

"Take a look at the championship trophy in our case," Global Formula Racing's senior captain Jeff Delany said before traveling to the national competition. "We have to take it back to Michigan. Now, I don't know about you, but I want to return to Corvallis with that trophy."

There isn't a new trophy every year; it's one of those that moves around, but after the Beavers beat more than 100 competitors, you can still check it out. The car and the trophy will be on display at the annual OSU Engineering Expo, this Friday at the Kelley Engineering Center.

Real Horsepower Successful Too

Oregon St.'s Equestrian team claimed 3 individual event wins, and finished second overall, at the International Horse Show Association Nationals, held last Thursday through Sunday in Lexington, KY.

Despite coming up short of the championship, it was still a step up from last year, when the the Beavers finished fourth, an improvement that delighted the team.

"This year was a huge difference from last year in just our overall teamwork," said junior rider Kymala Lovisone. "Our team came together so well this year and we all were there supporting each other, and I think that definitely needs to be recognized."

OSU Crew Claims Third

The Pac-10 Crew Championship races were also held last weekend on Lake Natoma at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. Oregon St. claimed third, behind Washington, ranked #1 in the nation, and perennial power California, and notably, ahead of Stanford.

Robotics Preparing for University Rover Challenge

One other Oregon St. team was busy as well, though it was just a practice run. The OSU Robotics Team held a competition rehearsal Saturday, as they get ready to defend their title at the University Rover Challenge next month in Utah.