Willamette Women's Varsity 4+ Wins Race at Row for the Cure in Portland, Ore.

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

PORTLAND, ORE. -- The women's varsity 4+ from Willamette University won the Women's Open/College 4 race at the Race for the Cure, Sunday, Sept. 23 in Portland, Ore. Willamette recorded a time of 20:47.4 for the three-mile course. The Bearcats also raised nearly $700 as a donation toward the Susan B. Komen breast cancer research fund.

Willamette won the race by three minutes, 37.4 seconds. The crew from the Sammamish Rowing Association recorded a time of 24:24.0 and was the only other entry in the Women's Open/College 4.

The Willamette WV4 was led by coxswain Eliza Edwards (So., Tacoma,WA/Stadium HS). Rowing for the Bearcats were stroke Lauren Schwartz (Sr., Medford, OR/St. Mary's HS), three-seat Laura Jones (Sr., Boise, ID/Boise HS), two-seat Hilary Andrus (So., Chimacum, WA/Chimacum HS) and bow Julie Vernarsky (So., Enterprise, OR/Enterprise HS). They raced at a steady 28 strokes per minute during the Race for the Cure.

WU's women's varsity 4+ will represent the Bearcats at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass., on Saturday, Oct 20. The same rowers who competed at the Race for the Cure will row for WU in Boston, with Erica Soma taking over the coxswain duties.

Race for the Cure - Women's Open/College 4 Results (See Event 21)