WU Women's Varsity 4+ Takes Fourth at NCRC Championships

By Ryan Borde, Assistant Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110, rborde@willamette.edu

LAKE STEVENS, WASH. -- The Willamette University women’s varsity 4+ placed fourth last Saturday, April 21 at the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference (NCRC) Championships. The women’s varsity 4+ team clocked in at 8:14.18, finishing behind two NCAA Division II schools.

The Western Washington women’s rowing team won five of six races, including the featured varsity eight and four events, to take its third straight title Saturday at the seventh annual NCRC Championships held at Lake Stevens, Wash.

The Vikings, who have won the last two national titles, are ranked No.1 nationally in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division II Poll. They dominated the day with Puget Sound second and Humboldt State third.

In the women’s varsity 4+, Western Washington took home the top two spots, with their “B” team placing first in 7:57.80, and their “A” team taking second in 7:58.41. Fellow NCAA Division II school Seattle Pacific University finished in third place with a time of 8:02.65.

While the Bearcats finished more than 10 seconds out of third place in the event, they did beat fellow NCAA Division III opponents University of Puget Sound (5th place) and Pacific Lutheran University (6th place), and NCAA Division II school Humboldt State (7th place).

In the coxswain 4, which has four coxswain rowing with a person that normally rows acting as the coxswain, the Bearcats took first with a time of 1:57.21.

The WU women also took second place out of three teams in the women’s varsity lightweight 4+, finishing in 8:27.96. Pacific Lutheran took first with a time of 8:22.40, while Seattle Pacific came in third at 8:36.09.

On the men’s side, the Lewis & Clark College men’s crew team won the team title. Victories in the Novice 8, Novice 4, and Second Novice Four helped lead the Pioneers to the title. The men’s varsity eight finished third.

The WU men’s pairs team took home first with a time of 7:50.22, defeating Lewis & Clark, who finished with a time of 7:55.57.

Willamette’s rowing teams will return to the water this weekend for the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships in Sacramento, Calif. The event, which will be held on Lake Natoma, starts on Friday, April 27, and concludes two days later on Sunday, April 29.

NCRC Championships - Final Results