Pioneers close out season at Puget Sound Autumn Invitational

Pioneers close out season at Puget Sound Autumn Invitational

TACOMA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers hit the road at 5:30 a.m on Saturday morning to attend both their first and concluding race of the fall season. The Pioneers traveled up to Tacoma to take on conference competitors Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound, in addition to Western Washington, Seattle University and the University of Portland for two rounds of 4000-meter races. 

The novice men's and women's teams performed extremely well for only having six weeks of rowing to their careers, and secured top three placements across four lineups. The varsity team fielded five lineups and showed solid performances with the goal of setting a baseline to build on for the spring season.

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Key Moments

The novice men and women had standout performances in the regatta, racing two different lineups in eights. The men raced at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., finishing in second in the first race and fourth in the second. They were led by freshman coxswain Alex Duquette, who was one of three coxswains to make their racing debut. Max Reeser, Jaxson Price, Jacob Borello, Quinn Tonelli, Max Brindle, David Kotin, Ethan Thomsen and Harry Rodriguez comprised the lineup of the crew, finishing in 15:40.7 in race one, and 16:06.7 in race two as the wind picked up.

The novice women raced two lineups with two switches made between them. The first, helmed by freshman coxswain Lola Rubens, was comprised of Andrea Previsic, Emily Robinson, Reese Farrel, Sophia Pitre, Rosie Goity, Bryn Goedde-Matthews, Mary Welch and Mari Gourlay. They made it down the course in 17:44.7, the only boat in the top four times to not incur a penalty for traveling outside the buoys delineating the course. They secured a second-place finish after penalties were calculated. The novice's second race was led by freshman coxswain Lia Dimitrova and saw Lauren Dressler replace Pitre. The wind picked up for the second round of racing, slowing the times across the field by a minute. The women again placed second in a time of 18:33.4.

The varsity men started the day by breaking down into two fours in an eight-boat field. The Pioneer A four came in fourth overall while the B four placed eighth. When the men recombined for the eight, they took fourth out of a five-boat field. The varsity women raced an eight, a four, and a double against a strong field, placing last in the eight, 13th in the four, and first in the double.

Deeper Look

  • Allie Trager and Zach Dworkin were voted in as captains for the year
  • The novice squad is almost double the size it was in the 2018 season
  • Alex Duquette, Lola Rubens and Lia Dimitrova all made their debuts as coxswains
  • 19 Pios made their racing debuts 

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers conclude their season with the Orange vs. Black intrasquad competition on Friday at 8 a.m.