Sports & Outdoors

Women’s Crew off to a great start

The women’s crew team opened their spring season by hosting the Daffodil Sprints and racing hard against DI, DII and other DIII schools on March 28 at American Lake.

The Puget Sound women’s crew team held a strong presence in the race, but couldn’t capture a win against some of the schools in higher divisions. However, the Loggers still walked away with impressive times.

The Loggers’ first women’s varsity eight team competed in the 2K race and took third place behind Western Washington University and Humbolt State with a time of 8.06.4, beating Seattle University, Pacific Lutheran University, University of Oregon and Washington State University. Their time was only 0:1.6 away from beating Western Washington, and only 0:11.9 away from taking the first place from Humbolt.

Their second varsity eight boat took second place behind Western Washington with a time of 8.43, beating Humbolt State, Pacific Lutheran and Portland State.

The second varsity eight was only 0:0.03 away from taking first place from Western Washington.

In the second race of the spring season, both the men and women’s crew teams competed in the Husky Open at the University of Washington. The women’s varsity eight boat placed third with a time of 7:09.287, beating Pacific University but falling to University of Washington and Western Washington University.

The women’s second varsity eight also finished third, completing the race with a time of 7:25.152 and beating Washington State University but falling to Western Washington University and University of Portland.

The men’s varsity eight finished fourth in their race with a time of 6:43.530.

The men’s crew team did not row in the Daffodil Sprints race, but previously this season they rowed in the 5k event at the Head of the Lake race in Seattle. At the Head of the Lake, the men’s first varsity eight team placed sixth with a time of 18:31.48, beating the Vancouver Rowing Club. The first varsity eight was the only team the men raced with.

The women’s team raced with only their junior varsity eight and third varsity eight teams in the Head of the Lake race. The junior varsity eight placed fifth behind University of Washington, Washington State University, Gonzaga University and Old Dominion University with a time of 20:18.62. The women’s third varsity eight team placed eighth, beating University of British Columbia and Seattle University with a time of 22:01.9.

The men’s crew team also competed in the San Diego Crew Classic on the weekend of March 28-29. The team placed fifth in the third varsity heat, beating Lewis and Clark, but falling to three University of California schools and to Notre Dame. The men ultimately finished fourth in the third final and 16th overall in the tournament.

Shortly after the Head of the Lake race and before Daffodil Sprints, the women’s first varsity eight team was impressively named the Northwest Conference team of the week for their performance at Head of the Lake.

The Logger crew team is ranked first in the pacific division in the NCAA’s DIII rankings.

Next, the crew team will host the Logger Invitational, a home conference race. The invitational starts tomorrow, April 11.