Women's Lightweight Four Earns Gold Medal; Bearcat Crew Team Places 3rd at Humboldt State's Blue Heron Redwood Sprint

EUREKA, CA - Paced by a first place finish in the Women's Lightweight Four event, the Willamette University rowing team placed third in the overall points standings at the Blue Heron Redwood Sprints Regatta Sunday hosted by Humboldt State University on Eureka Bay.

Coxswain Becca Ralston and teammates Melissa Rucker, Lindsey Young, Adrienne Hall and Tori Gustaveson won the Women's Open LW 4 event with a time of 10:10.35, 30 seconds better than the team from Humboldt Bay Rowing Association. A team from Ashland Rowing Association finished third.

In the women's 8 event, Seattle Pacific University finished first, followed by Humboldt State, with Mills College in third, holding off a late charge from the Bearcats over the last 500 meters. In 5th place was the Humboldt State junior varsity crew.

The Bearcats men's 8 also finished 4th in their event. Humboldt State won, with Seattle Pacific in second and California Maritime 3rd.

In the men's and women's 4's events, the Bearcats lack of experience in the smaller boats proved difficult to overcome, as both crews fought hard to stay with the leaders in the races' early going but fell behind in the later stages.

The men's 4 was won by Seattle Pacific University, followed by Humboldt State, California Maritime, and Willamette, in that order. In the women's event, Humboldt State won, Mills College was second, and Willamette finished third.

The Bearcats' men's novice 4 finished 4th, in an event won by a strong crew from Seattle Pacific University. A lightweight crew from California Maritime finished 2nd, and in 3rd was the heavyweight novice crew also from Cal Maritime.

The women's novice 4 race was won by Humboldt State, with Seattle Pacific University in second place, Cal Maritime in 3rd, Mills College in 4th, and Willamette 5th.

Humboldt State took home the overall points trophy, barely edging out Seattle Pacific University, while the Bearcats took 3rd, followed by California Maritime, Humboldt Bay Rowing Association, Mills College and Ashland Rowing Association.

The Bearcats travel to Vancouver, Wash., next Saturday to take part in the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Invitational on Vancouver Lake.