Bearcats to Battle Puget Sound on Willamette River on March 12

Governor's Cup Regatta Matches Northwest Rivals

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

SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University rowing teams will host the University of Puget Sound in the Governor's Cup Regatta on Saturday, March 12. The event will be held on the Willamette Rivers, with the action starting at 9:30 a.m. (PST).

In the past few years, Puget Sound and Willamette have fielded the top NCAA Division III women's rowing teams in the Pacific Northwest. UPS has consistently qualified for the NCAA Championship Regatta in recent years, while Willamette earned a berth into the NCAA Championship Regatta in 2009.

With only one automatic bid from the Northwest into the NCAA Championship, every match-up between the Bearcats and the Loggers is important. The key races are the women's varsity 8+ and the women's second varsity 8+. The NCAA Championship features seven "team" berths of two eights each, plus two at-large entries with one eight apiece.

The Governor's Cup Regatta will feature additional women's races, plus men's races. Team standings will determine the overall winners in the men's and women's competition.

In addition to the races, the Governor's Cup will feature a boat-naming ceremony. Willamette is adding a four-person racing shell that will be named after Willamette University President M. Lee Pelton. Dr. Pelton plans to be on hand for the ceremony.

A key match-up in NCAA Division III will occur when WU takes on UPS at the Governor's Cup Regatta.

A key match-up in NCAA Division III will occur when WU takes on UPS at the Governor's Cup Regatta.