Willamette Rowing Teams Compete at NCRC Championships

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

VANCOUVER, WASH. -- The Willamette University men's and women's rowing teams competed at the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference (NCRC) Championships at Vancouver Lake on Saturday, April 19. Western Washington University won the overall women's title and the University of Puget Sound won the overall men's championship. All of the rowers battled wind, rain and frozen precipitation throughout the competition.

The Bearcats achieved three second place finishes and took third place in three races. Earning second place honors Willamette were the men's novice four, the men's novice eight and the women's varsity lightweight four. Claiming third place for the 'Cats were the women's varsity four, the women's novice eight and the men's second novice four.

Western Washington scored 60.5 points to win the women's team title. Puget Sound was second with 52.5 points, Lewis & Clark College placed third with 20, Willamette was fourth with 19, Humboldt State University took fifth at 17.5, Pacific Lutheran University was sixth at 17 and Seattle Pacific University placed seventh at 16.

In the men's standings, Puget Sound scored 42 points to claim the team championship. Western Washington finished second with 25 points, while Lewis & Clark was third at 21, Humboldt State placed fourth at 20, Willamette took fifth at 11.5, Pacific Lutheran was sixth at 9.5 and Seattle Pacific University took seventh at 3.

Willamette's MN4 raced to second place out of seven entries in 3:57.01. Puget Sound won the race in 3:42.50. In the MN8 event, the Bearcats were second at 4:11.98, as WU finished behind UPS, but defeated Lewis & Clark.

The winning women's varsity lightweight four was from Western Washington, which competes in NCAA Division II, at 4:40.02. The Bearcats, from NCAA Division III, took second place in 4:57.14

WU placed third out of six teams in the WV4 race at 4:13.85. The Bearcats were only 1.17 seconds behind UPS in second place. Western Washington won the event in 4:06.10.

The WV8 for Willamette placed third out of five teams in 4:29.77. WWU won the event at 4:12.90 and Puget Sound was second at 4:16.05.

In the men's second novice fours, WU trailed UPS and Lewis & Clark. Puget Sound won the race in 8:36.40. Only three teams were entered in the race.

The Bearcats will row again on May 2-3 at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships. The regata will be held at Lake Natoma near Sacramento, Calif.

Saturday, April 19
NCRC Championships at Vancouver Lake, Vancouver, Wash.
Senior captain Laura Jones and the Willamette rowing teams raced on April 19 at the NCRC Championships.

Senior captain Laura Jones and the Willamette rowing teams raced on April 19 at the NCRC Championships.