Women's Varsity Four Ready for Windermere Cup Opening Day Regatta

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

SALEM, ORE. -- After winning its heat and taking fifth place in the Grand Final at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships last weekend, the Willamette University women's varsity 4+ crew is ready to participate in the Windermere Cup Opening Day Regatta on Saturday, May 5 in Seattle, Wash. The women's varsity 4+ race is scheduled to begin at 10:35 a.m. (PDT).

Willamette's WN4+ crew includes coxswain Rebecca Ralston (Sr.), stoke Laura Jones (Jr.), three seat Hilary Andrus (Fr.), two seat Kimber Grady (Sr.) and bow Julie Vernarsky (Fr.). The Bearcats will be taking on three crews from the University of Washington, plus one crew from Western Washington University.

The 21st-annual Windermere Cup will start the Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day festivities. The crew races will be broadcast live in the Puget Sound area on KJR Radio (AM 950). At the inaugural Windermere Cup in 1987, crews representing the Soviet Union captured the men's and women's trophies during the first regatta sponsored by Windermere Real Estate. There are 19 events on this year's racing schedule, including events for masters and junior crews.

The Opening Day Regatta has been a traditional part of the ceremonies surrounding the beginning of yachting season since 1970, and the women's intercollegiate races were added to the schedule in 1976. The Windermere Cup is one of the most widely known regattas in the United States and features one of the nation's largest crowds of spectators each year. Rowing fans are encouraged to view the Windermere Cup races from the shores of the Montlake Cut or from above on the Montlake Bridge.