AMERICAN LAKE, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers finished behind Puget Sound in the second race of varsity eight boats by five-tenths of a second as the Pioneers competed at the Logger Invitational on Saturday. The Pios were third in the novice four race.
The 15th-ranked Pioneers finished second to No. 7 Pacific Lutheran, the defending Northwest Conference Champion, in the varsity eight race.
"We lead them off the start but their strength showed in the middle thousand, and we lost about a length and a half," said Taylor, "We were able to hold them at that to the finish, despite one member of the crew suffering from a bad cold- we ended up pulling her out for the race against Puget Sound."
In the second race, Lewis & Clark posted a time of 7:04.2 to finish behind Puget Sound's mark of 7:03.7. "We took a strong early lead but lost ground in the middle thousand," said head coach Sam Taylor, "with both crews going bow-to-bow for the last 500 and UPS just piping us at the line to take the win by half a second."
Last week, the Pioneers beat Puget Sound at the Husky Open, clocking in more than nine seconds faster than Puget Sound to take second in their race. With a time of 6:52.546, the Pioneers finished behind Washington. The crew won Crew of the week honors this past week after the great racing last week. They weren't able to repeat this week, "Overall a challenging day for the team, both with some rough water and illness issues," said Taylor, "but I was very happy with how they handled it, supported each other, and set ourselves up for the next race."
The crew races again in the NWC Championships at American Lake in Lakewood, Wash. on April 23.