By Sam Taylor
Head Crew Coach
PORTLAND, Ore. - Lewis & Clark Crew took the opening strokes of their 2013-14 campaign Sunday, racing six crews in the Portland Fall Classic Regatta. The Pioneers won one event and placed well across the board.
The Men's squad raced a Varsity Men's eight, who finished behind Puget Sound's first boat in the Collegiate Eight event. The newest additions to the Pioneers roster raced in the Men's Novice four event and took the team's first win of the year, placing first over Station L rowing club.
The Women's squad raced four boats; the Pioneers boated a Varsity women's eight who finished 2nd in their event behind Puget Sound. The Varsity squad also boated two Varsity Fours, placing 4th and 7th in one of the deepest events of the regatta. The "B" boat placed ahead of Puget Sound, who came in 5th, and the "A" crew placed ahead of Willamette University, who came in 9th in the same event. The Pioneer Novice Women raced an eight as well, placing 4th of six boats in their event.
"Despite not being terribly 'race ready' at this point of the season we had some excellent rows and it was great to get a marker of where we are," said Head Coach Sam Taylor, "We've had a tremendously productive fall so far and we're looking forward to making some changes this week and seeing where we can improve for the Head of the Lake next weekend in Seattle."
With one week left in their short fall season, the Pioneers will race three boats in the Head of the Lake regatta Sunday, November 3rd.