Rowing Competes at Daffodil Cup

By Sara Brooks, Assistant Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6219

TACOMA, WASH. -- The Willamette University rowing team competed at the Daffodil Cup on Saturday, March 27. The women's varsity 4+ finished in first place, beating Western Washington University by 14 seconds. The lightweight women's 4+ also finished in first place in their race.

The WV4+ was composed of coxswain Lars Stiglich (So., Vancouver, WA/Univ. of Wash.), stroke Sarah Schroeder (So., Wilsonville, OR/Wilsonville HS), seat 3 Kelsey White (So., Camp Sherman, OR/Sisters HS), seat 2 Hilary Andrus (Sr., Chimacum, WA/Chimacum HS), and bow Lea Griggs (So., Woodbury, MN/Math and Science Academy).

The WV4+ finished their race in a time of 7:44.16. Second place Western Washington finished at 7:56.14. Northwest Conference opponent Puget Sound finished in third place with a time of 8:15.59.

Members of the lightweight women's 4+ were coxswain Blair Davis (Fr., Portland, OR/Sunset HS), stroke Kara Hafkey (Jr., Tempe, AZ/Glencoe HS), seat 3 Caroline Cahill (Fr., Maplewood, NJ/Univ. of Wisc.), seat 2 Becca Hall (So., Mercer Island, WA/Mercer Island HS), and bow Erica Soma (Jr., Scotts Valley, CA/Scotts Valley HS). The LW4+ had a time of 8:29.72.

Willamette finished in third place in the women's varsity 8+ behind Western Washington University and the University of Puget Sound. WWU is ranked #1 in NCAA Division II. UPS is currently ranked #5 in NCAA Division III. WU entered the race tied for #8 in the Division III rankings.

Western Washington and Puget Sound finished extremely close in the race, with times of 6:57.01 and 6:57.16. The Bearcats crossed the line with a time of 7:06.92.

Willamette's other two boats, the W2V8+ and the women's novice 8+ each finished in fourth place. The W2V8+ had a time of 7:31.12. The novice team finished with a 7:54.68.

In men's action, the MV8+ finished in 6th place with a time of 6:34.18. Puget Sound won the race with a time of 6:06.95.

Willamette competed in one other men's race, the V4+. The Bearcats finished in 6th place with a time of 7:25.60. Winning the race was Lewis & Clark College with a time of 7:08.19.

Daffodil Cup
American Lake, Tacoma, Wash.
March 27, 2010
Hilary Andrus helped the WU women's varsity 4+ take first place at the Daffodil Cup.

Hilary Andrus helped the WU women's varsity 4+ take first place at the Daffodil Cup.