Willamette Defeats Sammamish Rowing Association in Mixed Eight Event at Row for the Cure

By Susan Parkman

PORTLAND, ORE. The Willamette University crew team defeated Sammamish Rowing Association to win the gold medal in the Open/Collegiate Mixed Eight event at the 2006 Row for the Cure in Portland, Ore. In conjunction with the Race for the Cure and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Row for the Cure played host to 22 rowing clubs from Oregon and Washington to help raise approximately $30,000 for the fight against breast cancer.

The Willamette Mixed Eight crew included coxswain Rebecca Ralston, Laura Jones, Kimber Grady, Jacob Wicks, Randall Cass, Dan Warren, Greg Henselman, Megan Meidinger, and Ashley San Blise. Willamette finished the 5,000-meter race with a time of 20:20.05, almost one minute ahead of Sammamish, which recorded a time of 21.06.11.

The Bearcats sat in second behind Sammamish going into the 2,000-meter mark, but the crew executed a succinct 180-degree turn at the halfway point to pull ahead of its competitors. The final 2,000-meters were a battle through downtown Portland with Willamette coming home with the gold medal.