Willamette Rowing Places Fourth in WV8+ at NCRC Championships

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

LAKE STEVENS, WASH. -- Willamette University took fourth place, but finished just two seconds out of second place, during the women's varsity eight+ at the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Championships at Lake Stevens on Saturday, April 18. The Bearcats tied the University of Puget Sound for second in the overall women's standings with 68 points. Western Washington University won the WV8+ and claimed the women's title with 136 points.

Head Coach Susan Parkman of Willamette was chosen NCRC Women's Coach of the Year. She has guided the WU women's team to an outstanding season that has them battling for a berth in the NCAA Championship Regatta.

Western Washington, ranked #1 in NCAA Division II, was victorious in the WV8+ in 7:24.54. Puget Sound finished second at 7:32.79..Seattle Pacific University was third at 7:33.95 and Willamette was fourth in 7:34.86. Humboldt State University took fifth at 7:42.95, Pacific Lutheran University was sixth at 7:44.85 and Lewis & Clark College was seventh at 7:50.20.

Puget Sound, Seattle Pacific and Willamette finished within 2.07 seconds of each other. UPS is ranked #5 in NCAA Division III, SPU is ranked #5 in NCAA Division II and WU is ranked #8 in NCAA Division III.

Rowing for Willamette on the WV8+ were stroke Geneva Hooten, 7-seat Kelsey White, 6-seat Hilary Andrus, 5-seat Christina Thorburn, 4-seat Sarah Schroeder, 3-seat Morgan Iveson, 2-seat Karina Hoogstede and bow Larissa Stiglich. Erica Soma was the coxswain.

The Bearcats won the women's varsity 4+ by just over three seconds, with Western Washington in second. WU prevailed in 7:51.70, while WWU finished at 7:54.95. Seattle Pacific was third at 8:00.42.

Competing on the victorious WV4+ were Stiglich at coxswain, plus Hooten as the stroke, White at 3-seat, Andrus at 2-seat and Thorburn at the bow.

WU also took first place in the women's novice lightweight 4+. The Bearcats completed the race in 9:08.88 for a sizable margin of victory over Humboldt State University in second at 9:26.73. The Willamette WNL4+ included Heidi Hall as the coxswain, stoke Kristin Perkins, 3-seat Grace Komarek-Meyer, 2-seat Becca Hall and bow Danielle Leveridge.

Other highlights for the WU women's' team included a third place finish by the second varsity 8+, which finished in 7:49.15. Western Washington won the race and Puget Sound was second. Willamette took second behind WWU in the WVL4+. The 'Cats completed the race in 8:32.87.

Willamette was unopposed in the WVL8+, so the Bearcats rowed with the women's third varsity 8+ and claimed second place in 7:52.23.

Following Western Washington, Willamette and Puget Sound in the women's overall standings were Humboldt State in fourth with 59 points, Seattle Pacific in fifth with 38 points, Pacific Lutheran in sixth with 33 points and Lewis & Clark in seventh with 20 points.

The Bearcat men's team finished fourth in the overall standings. Puget Sound achieved first place with 84 points. Western Washington and Lewis & Clark tied for second place with 50 points and WU followed with 23. Humboldt State finished fifth with 16 points and Seattle Pacific was sixth with 12 points.

Willamette's next action will be at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships on May 2-3. The regatta will be held at Lake Natoma near Sacramento, Calif.

NCRC Championships
Lake Stevens
Lake Stevens, Wash.
Willamette was fourth in the WV8+ and won both the WV4+ and the WNL4+ at the NCRC Championships.

Willamette was fourth in the WV8+ and won both the WV4+ and the WNL4+ at the NCRC Championships.