Cavanaugh and Siadak finish second overall as Pioneers complete WIRA Championships

Cavanaugh and Siadak finish second overall as Pioneers complete WIRA Championships

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Seniors Andrew Cavanaugh and Griffin Siadak finished second overall in the men's pair on Sunday as the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships came to a close at Lake Natoma.

The pair finished the final in 7:12.749, two seconds faster than their heat time from Saturday, to place second behind the duo from Cal Maritime.

"It was a fantastic race," said Lewis & Clark head coach Sam Taylor. "The guys were even with the field up to about 700 in and then put in a really strong move to take a couple lengths over third and were able to defend that to the finish line. It's a great finish for Andrew and Griffin who have been tremendous leaders for our program since they arrived on campus."

The finish by Cavanaugh and Siadak headlined four Lewis & Clark races during the final day.

Lewis & Clark's men's varsity eight, racing in their first-ever petite final, finished fifth at 6:16.101. The finish by the men's eight is the best in program history, and it's the first time a men's eight has finished in the petite final.

The Pioneers raced to a sixth-place finish in the women's varsity eight grand final. Clocking in at 6:40.018, Lewis & Clark was about seven seconds back of Northwest Conference champion Pacific Lutheran.

"I'm tremendously proud of the women in this 1V8," said Taylor. "It may be up there as one of the fastest crews we've ever had. The result doesn't demonstrate the quality of the race we had, leading No. 2-seeded UC-San Diego until the last 750 and holding them to just a few seats at the line."

In the women's second varsity eight final, the Pios placed sixth with a time of 7:06.326, which is the best combined finish in the history of the program. 

"Overall, this was one of the best WIRA Championships, top to bottom, we've ever had," said Taylor. "I'm really proud of this team and coaching staff and looking forward to next year."

The event was the last for several Pioneers seniors. Paige Sanders and Natalie Anderson are seniors for the women's team, with Kaleb Anderson, Eric Slack, Cavanaugh and Siadak for the men.