Willamette Rowing Competes at NCRC Championships

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

VANCOUVER, WASH. -- The Willamette University women's rowing team tied for fourth place in the team standings at the 10th Annual Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Championship Regatta held on Vancouver Lake on Saturday, April 17. Western Washington University, a member of NCAA Division II, captured its sixth straight women's championship.

Western Washington finished with 106 points, following by the University of Puget Sound in second with 72 points. Humboldt State finished in third with 60 points. Willamette and Seattle Pacific University tied for fourth, as each team earned 40 points. Lewis & Clark College and Pacific Lutheran University finished with 25 points and 15 points, respectively.

Willamette, which competes in NCAA Division III, achieved a second place finish in the women's novice 4+ race. Willamette finished with a time of 8:00.84. Western Washington narrowly beat the Bearcats by less than one second, crossing the line in 8:00.00.

The Bearcats finished third in the women's varsity 4+ and the women's second varsity 8+. Willamette finished fifth in two other races, the women's varsity 8+ and the women's novice 8+. Although fifth in the WV8+, the Bearcats were second among NCAA Division III teams, finishing behind Puget Sound, but defeating Lewis & Clark and Pacific Lutheran.

Willamette won the women's varsity lightweight 4+ and captured second place in the same event. The winning boat had a time of 8:24.80 and the second place boat had a time of 8:29.86. Pacific Lutheran finished third in the event.

In men's action, Lewis & Clark captured the overall title with 62 team points. Western Washington and Puget Sound tied for second with 58 points each. Seattle Pacific took fourth place with 53 points and Pacific Lutheran grabbed fifth with 22 points. Humboldt State earned 20 points and took sixth. Willamette finished in seventh with 14 points.

The Bearcat men's team had its best finish in the men's varsity eight+. Willamette crossed the line with a time of 6:50.97, earning fifth place. Puget Sound won the race with a time of 6:15.20.

Willamette will compete at the WIRA Championships in Rancho Cordova, Calif. beginning on April 30. Races will begin at 8 a.m. (PST).

COMPLETE RESULTS

NCRC Championship Regatta
Vanocuver Lake, Wash.
April 17, 2010

TEAM SCORING
NCRC Championship Regatta
Vanocuver Lake, Wash.
April 17, 2010
The Willamette women's rowing team tied for fourth place overall at the NCRC Championship Regatta.

The Willamette women's rowing team tied for fourth place overall at the NCRC Championship Regatta.