Daffodil Cup Race Report

The 2011 Daffodil Cup on Saturday marked the end of a grueling week of spring break training and the beginning of the Vikings’ competitive spring racing season.

WWU Men’s Crew headed down to American Lake in Tacoma to race several conference rivals along with other local collegiate crews. The Vikings Fielded a Varsity 8, Novice 8, JV 4 and Novice 4.

The Varsity 8 took 2nd place, narrowly losing a lead to Louis and Clark in the final 250m while earning decisive victories against boats from conference rivals UPS, Willamette and PLU as well as defeating a strong crew from WSU.

A highlight of the day came when The Viking Novice 8 got their first taste of spring racing. The boat earned 2nd place and defeated all conference rivals. A strong WSU novice crew took first place while the Western Freshmen rowers held a comfortable second, demonstrating their position as one of the fastest novice crews among small colleges in Washington.

The Viking Novice 4 also pulled a strong race, taking second in a crowded field of athletes.

WWU Men’s Crew ended the race with a victory in the JV4+ race, taking an open water victory to end the regatta.

With their first race now behind them, the Viking rowers look ahead to next weekends race on Lake Washington versus a strong Husky crew and to the conference championships which lay ahead on April 23. With such strong performances at daffodil, a 1st place overall finish in the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference remains in sight.

Full results are available at: Row2k


Varsity 8: Coxswain Danni Armstrong, Stroke Jeff Nesbitt, No. 7 Brandon Heller, No. 6 Andrew Lapidus, No. 5 Matt Reider, No. 4 Joe Gregerson, No. 3 Cameron Kaulia, No. 2 Zach Murphy, Bow John Davis

Novice 8: Coxswain Zac Johnson, Stroke: Nathan Drapela, No. 7 Zack Balonick, No. 6 Zach Murphy, No. 5 Cameron Kaulia, No. 4 Joe Gregerson, No. 3 Kyle Hiebert, No. 2 Tanner Steffan, Bow: Josh Cole

Novice 4: Coxswain Parker Slater, Stroke: Nathan Drapela, No. 3 Jake Burgess, No. 2 Shaun Lewis, Bow: Josh Cole

Junior Varsity 4: Coxswain: Parker Slater, Stroke: Jeff Nesbitt, No. 3 Matt Reider, No. 2 Thomas Downey, Bow: Brandon Heller

Daffodil Cup and Spring Season approach…

The vikings are getting set for their first race of the season, The Daffodil Cup on American Lake in Tacoma. The race will be held on Saturday, March 26th with the following schedule.

1 9:00 Women’s 2N8/3V
2 9:30 Men’s V8
3 9:45 Women’s V8
4 10:00 Women’s 2V8
5 10:15 Men’s 1N4
6 10:30 Women’s 1N4
7 10:45 Men’s 1V4
8 11:00 Women’s 1V4
9 11:15 Men’s N8
10 11:30 Women’s N8
11 11:45 Men’s 2V4
12 12:00 Women’s 2V4

The Vikings will be entering a boat in every category. Come and cheer on the viking rowers in their first test this spring season!

Directions to American Lake

From I-5 either direction take exit 123 Thorne Lane.
Turn west and proceed on Thorne until it curves to the left (south).
Immediately turn right (which is still Thorne).
It will begin to curve left (south) again and will become Woodlawn.
The park is on your right, proceed to the main parking lot entrance at the break in the chain link fence.