Three Pioneer Crews race in Finals at WIRA Regatta

Three Pioneer Crews race in  Finals at WIRA Regatta

RESULTS (coutesy

Dispatch from Head Coach Sam Taylor 

Another great day of racing for the Pioneers at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association regatta. We had three crews racing in the Grand Finals today, along with our Women's Varsity Eight competing in the Petite Final. 

First up was our Women's Novice Four.  They got a little flustered off the start but then pulled it together, rowing very strongly from fifth off the start up to fourth place by the thousand and once again taking the battle to Puget Sound.  We were moving strongly at the end of the course but didn't have quite enough room, and we ended up about a length down on Puget Sound with a final placing of 4th.  These girls have made a ton of progress and it's awesome to see how much speed they've gained since the start of the season. 

The Novice Men's Four raced next in a very strong field. The guys rowed a pretty solid race- maybe not quite as good as yesterday, although it was thirteen seconds faster, but we weren't able to keep contact with the leading boats and finished in fifth place.  They were only two or three seats back from Pacific Lutheran in fourth, though, and I think that gives them a good goal to work towards for Conference. 

The Men's Varsity Four, defending a silver medal in the event last year, was in a heater of a race, with first through fifth finishing within a two length spread.  Our guys rowed a really nice, clean race that they felt was one of the best pieces we had this year.  As it shakes out that got us the 5th place spot, but it's one I think they're proud of. 

The Women's Varsity Eight raced in the Petite Final, going bow-to-bow with Orange Coast College well clear of the rest of the field.  The two boats traded the lead several times throughout the piece, with our girls pushing and OCC responding.  OCC was able to cover everything we threw at them, and our finish placed us 9th in the DII/DIII/Club event.  That said, the women made some positive changes from yesterday to today and based on times I think rowed a faster piece. 

The team is back on the bus and heading home to Portland, we're back at practice Tuesday with one week to go in the season to the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Championships on May 5th.