By Sam Taylor, photo credit Sarah Lomas
Lakewood, WASH-- Pioneer Crew opened their spring 2013 racing account with two wins and a solid outing against Puget Sound and Willamette Saturday. Racing at American Lake, the Pioneers contested several events against the Loggers and the Bearcats.
The Men's Varsity Four, with three seniors and two sophomores aboard, started the day off with a one length win over Puget Sound, with Willamette and Puget Sound's "B" entry in arrears.
The perennially strong Puget Sound Women's Varsity eight took the win over Lewis & Clark, but the Pioneers were very pleased with their showing just one length down and three lengths up on Willamette. "It's a mix of a very experienced stern four and a very new bow four," noted Head Coach Sam Taylor, "We have a lot of speed to gain over the course of the season and it's a good mark for us early on."
That experienced stern four and coxswain, with three seniors and two juniors, would go on to win the Women's Varsity four by a significant margin over both Puget Sound and Willamette.
The Pioneer Men's Varsity Eight found Puget Sound to be to much to handle on the day, finishing behind the Loggers. "The Men have been focusing on the fours and that showed today," noted Coach Taylor, "We've got a lot of work to do to make our eight competitive but plenty of time to do it."
Several Pioneer novices started their racing careers at this regatta, with the Men's Novice Four and the Women's Novice Four both placing second in long, headwind-slowed races. The Pioneer Women's Novice Eight finished behind the Puget Sound Junior Varsity boat, but solidly ahead of the Logger's Novice entry in their race.
Pioneer Crew returns to training for the next two weeks, returning to American Lake on March 30th for the Cascade Sprints regatta.