Men's Varsity Four and Women's Varsity Eight 2nd at Cascade Sprints

Men's Varsity Four and Women's Varsity Eight 2nd at Cascade Sprints


By Sam Taylor, Photo Credit Sarah Lomas

LAKEWOOD, Wash. - The Lewis & Clark men's and women's rowing squads competed at the Cascade Sprints on Saturday, hosted by the University of Puget Sound.  At the end of their spring break training the Pioneers traveled with a limited squad to the regatta, with the Men's Varsity Four and the Women's Varsity Eight competing in two races each.

In the morning Varsity Four Heat the MV4 finished third, behind Seattle Universtiy and Western Washington and just ahead of Seattle Pacific.  After a two hour break, the Men's four raced the final and finished in a dead heat for 2nd place with Seattle University.  Seattle Pacific won the final race.  "It was a great day of racing for our Men's Four," noted Head Coach Sam Taylor, "We put the bow ahead of all the top fours in our conference at least once today, but then again two other boats can say the same.  We need to put together a more complete race if we want to do so on the right day."

The Women's Varsity eight also competed in two races, racing in the Division III race in the morning and finishing 2nd to Puget Sound  but ahead of Willamette and Pacific Lutheran.  In the afternoon the Women's eight raced again, finishing 5th in a combined Division II & III final, again just behind Puget Sound.  "Our Women's Eight had two solid if not exceptional races," said Taylor, "We tried a lineup change between the races and it was a great opportunity to make changes and try some different strategies."

The Pioneers next race is Saturday April 6th at the NCRC Invitational at Vancouver Lake.