Willamette Rowing Battles Rivals at Portland Fall Classic

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

PORTLAND, ORE. -- Willamette University rowers launched shells in their first regatta of the 2012-13 season on Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Portland Fall Classic. The regatta, sponsored by the Rose City Rowing Club and the Station L Rowing Club, was held on the Willamette River in downtown Portland.

The Bearcats competed in the men's varsity 8+, the women's varsity 8+, the women's varsity 4+ and the collegiate/open women's novice 8+.

In the men's varsity 8+, Willamette finished fifth in 18:21.99. The Oregon State University "A" team won the race in 16:03.52. Willamette's Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference (NCRC) rivals from the University of Puget Sound and Lewis & Clark also competed in the MV8+. Puget Sound took third place at 17:16.27, while L&C was sixth in 18:23.71.

Willamette was seventh out of nine teams in the women's varsity 8+ with a time of 19:34.90. Washington State University won the WV8+ by crossing the finish line in 17:23.16. Puget Sound was fifth at 18:49.82. Lewis & Clark concluded the race in eighth place at 19:46.51.

The Bearcats achieved third place out of four teams in the women's varsity 4+. Washington State led the way with a winning time of 19:15.24. Oregon State was second at 20:06.04 and Willamette was third at 22:57.58. The University of Oregon finished fourth in 23:50.28.

Rowing for Willamette in the WV4+ were Jessie Lovell at stroke, Kate Pfeiffer at 3-seat, Anna Fredendall at 2-seat and Kira Egelhofer at bow. The coxswain was Nicole Piechocki.

In the collegiate/open women's novice 8+ race, Willamette took ninth place out of 10 teams. WU's time was 23:12.78. The Gonzaga University "B" team won the event in 20:24.66. Puget Sound was fifth with a time of 21:20.08. Lewis & Clark placed seventh at 22:47.25.


Portland Fall Classic
October 28, 2012
Willamette River
Portland, Ore.

Photo gallery
(By Naomi Stukey, Photographer for Willamette Athletics)

Willamette competed in four races at the Portland Fall Classic.

Willamette competed in four races at the Portland Fall Classic.