PALATINE HILL -- With one scrimmage and a race completed in the 2019 schedule, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers head to Seattle the weekend of Mar. 30 for the Husky Open, their third event of the season.
Three seniors return to the women's team for the 2019 spring season. Liana Clary returns as the top women's coxswain. She brings four years of experience to the role, her greatest strengths in her precise steering and confident leadership. She will sit in the driver's seat for both the varsity 8+ and varsity 4+. Natalie Stroud, team captain and four-year member, returns off a win in the varsity pair at last year's WIRA Championship Regatta to stroke the varsity 4+ and 8+. She currently leads the team with the top two thousand meter test score. Camille Wong is back for her fourth and final year. She holds one of the top team erg scores and currently sits in seven seat of the varsity 8+ and three seat of the varsity 4+.
Grace Falkner is the team's lone junior, coming back this spring after studying overseas in the fall. Grace previously rowed in high school, and has made significant gains after her time off and is a contender for a seat in the varsity 8+. Amanda Hendrickson is one of two sophomores. She walked onto the team in the fall as a novice is currently in two seat in the lightweight novice 4+. Sophomore Allie Traeger comes back for her second year as a Pioneer. Traeger was recruited from Southern Oregon, and set a new PR on her first two thousand meter test of the year. She currently sits in bow seat of the varsity 4+ and six seat of the varsity 8+.
The team has ten freshman on their spring roster. Skylin Alcorn is a recruit from Denver, Colo. who brings a lot to the team through her previous experience. She currently sits in stroke seat of the novice 4+ and bow seat of the varsity 8+. Kat Altaffer and Mia Babasyan are both novice walk-on coxswains in contention for the novice 4+. Kat raced for the first time at the Logger Invite in mid-March. Katie Crocker and Sofia Green both walked onto the team in the spring. Crocker brings some high school experience, and currently sits in bow seat of the novice 4+ and is in contention for a seat in the varsity 8+. Green currently sits in bow seat of the novice lightweight 4+. Sarah Lind-MacMillan, Kess Moulton, Catherine Pendleton-Wheeler, Tiffani Wong, and Lindsay Woodward all joined the team as novices in the fall. Moulton is one of the team's fastest ergs, securing them a spot in two seat of the varsity 4+ and five seat of the varsity 8+. Lind-MacMillan and Woodward are close behind Moulton in erg rankings, just .02 seconds apart. Lind-MacMillan currently sits in three seat of the novice 4+ and four seat of the varsity 8+ while Woodward is right behind her in two seat of the novice 4+ and three seat of the varsity 8+. Pendleton-Wheeler and Wong both earned spots in the lightweight novice 4+ in stroke and three seat, respectively.
The Pioneers have two seniors entering the spring 2019 season. Maggie Coit returns from overseas study during the fall as the top men's coxswain. She brings four years of experience to role, with an authoritative and organized leadership style and excelling in precision steering. She will cox the varsity 4+ and varsity 8+. Owen Wohlforth, team captain and four-year varsity member, returns for his final season with the third fastest two thousand meter erg score on the team. He currently sits in two seat of the varsity 4+ and six seat of the varsity 8+.
Kyle Mezrahi returns to the team for his third year as a Pioneer. Mezrahi started as a novice rower. He currently sits in bow seat of the lightweight men's 4+ and two seat of the varsity 8+. Sherlock Ortiz, also a junior, is a new face to the rowing team, joining for his first season in the spring. Ortiz picked the sport up quickly, earning him a spot in bow seat of the novice 4+.
Nick Campen is one of four sophomores returning for the spring 2019 season. Campen brings a lot to the team through his previous experience as a high school rower at Redwood Scullers. He holds one of the top five top two thousand meter test scores after setting a new PR on his first test of the year. He currently sits in bow seat of the varsity 4+ and seven seat of the varsity 8+. Zach Dworkin is a swimmer-turned-rower who joined as a novice his freshman year. Dworkin is returning from a summer injury that kept him from racing in the fall. His enthusiasm and dedication to the sport is evident in his training and recovery which has earned him the stroke seat of both the varsity 4+ and 8+. Jamie Valtin and Quinn Vinlove both return for their second year as Pioneers after walking on to the team as a freshmen-novices. Vinlove's two thousand meter erg score is in the top five scores on the team, as well as the fastest of the lightweight rowers. He currently sits in three seat of the lightweight four and four seat of the varsity 8+. Valtin currently holds the second fastest two thousand meter test of the lightweight rowers, earning him the stroke seat of the lightweight four and bow seat of the varsity 8+.
The team has five freshman on their spring roster. Christian Ermann, Soren Gotschall, and Alberto Partida all joined in the fall as novices. Through his quiet dedication and consistency, Ermann earned a spot stroking the novice 4+. Among the lightweights, he has the third fastest two thousand meter test, also earning him two seat in the lightweight 4+. Gotschall took to the sport quickly, and immediately became a contender for the varsity 8+ in the fall. He currently holds the second fastest two thousand meter time on the team, and has the fifth fastest time for a novice in the history of the program. He currently sits in three seat in the varsity 8+ and two seat in the novice 4+. Partida has grown exponentially since the fall through consistency of training and currently sits in three seat of the novice 4+. Jack Heppner joins the Pioneers as a freshman recruit and brings a lot to the team through his previous experience at Marin Rowing Association. He currently has the fastest two thousand meter test on the team, which is also a new PR for him, and sits in three seat of the varsity 4+ and five seat of the varsity 8+. Shaina Zins joins the Pioneers as a novice coxswain. Her growth from fall to spring has been significant, as she has developed a positive and encouraging leadership style. Her dedication to the team earned her a spot coxing the novice 4+.
Following this weekend's Logger Invite, the Pioneers will spend Spring Break training before heading to Seattle for the Husky Open on Lake Washington on Mar. 30.
Covered Bridge Regatta on Dexter Lake in Lowell, Ore., starts off the month of April, the weekend of Apr. 6, before the Northwest Conference Championships and Rainier Cup take place on Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Wash. on Apr. 20. The Pioneers finish out their season with the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif., on Apr. 27-28.
Indianapolis Rowing Center will host the 2019 NCAA Rowing Championships for DI, DII, and DIII schools in Indianapolis from May 31 to June 2.