Willamette Rowers Compete at Tough Love Indoor Rowing Challenge in Portland

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

PORTLAND, ORE. -- Willamette University rowers Kimber Grady (Sr., Seattle, WA/Ballard HS), Megan Meidinger (Sr., Sandy, UT/West HS) and Rebecca Ralston (Sr., Salt Lake City, UT/Judge Memorial Catholic HS) competed in the Tough Love Indoor Rowing Challenge, hosted by the University of Portland on Concept II ergometer rowing machines, on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007. The competition featured juniors, masters, and collegiate rowers including opponents of Willamette from Portland State University, the University of Portland and Evergreen College.

Willamette’s three participants in the Rowing Challenge earned four medal finishes. Grady, who competed in the women’s lightweight event, finished second out of nine rowers with a time of 8:09.00, less than three seconds away from first place. Grady achieved even splits throughout her race, starting in fifth place and slow, yet consistently, chipping away at each competitor until she pushed the first place rower for the final 400 meters. Grady also helped the Willamette Rowing Club’s master’s team (based out of Portland) place third in the 4 x 500-meter relay. Meidinger and Ralston competed in the 500-meter coxswain sprint. Meidinger won the event and Ralston took second place.

The Willamette men’s and women’s rowing teams will take to the water for their next competition on Saturday, March 10, when they compete in the Behind Ross Island #2 Regatta. The event will be held in Portland, Ore., starting at 8 a.m. (PST).

Tough Love Indoor Rowing Challenge - Results