The last few weeks for men’s crew have been successful. Two weekends ago, the team traveled to Dexter Oregon for the Covered Bridge Regatta where the winning began this year for the Vikings. The Varsity 8 placed first above UofO, HSU, WWU (B), and LC respectively. The Varsity 4 raced in the Championship 4+ race putting them up against UW’s top 4+, OSU’s top 4+ and LC. They took 3rd behind UW and OSU beating out their top competitor in their division, LC. The JV 8 raced along side the Varsity 8 taking a 4th place finish getting edged out in a sprint against HSU. The Novice 4 took second in their heat, a great race for a boat that hasn’t rowed together more than a few times. The Novice 8 took third in their race after over an hour delay due to extreme wind conditions causing multiple boats in prior races to flip. Overall a great day for the Viking men.
We pushed on the following week and hosted Seattle University for a friendly competition day on Lake Whatcom April, 20th. Although the water on Whatcom was very rough, it still held for great racing. Seattle U put together an 8+ that went up against WWU’s V8 and JV8. WWU’s V8 took first in both races with SU trailing and the WWU JV8 close behind in third. We all then did a series of 4, 500m sprints with all boats lined up. Six boats wide, SU 2, WWU V4+, SU 4+, SU4+, WWU 8+, and WWU N8+ sprinted it out four different times for 500m in white capping waters. The WWU mixed 8 prevailed with the N8 and V4 close behind followed by SU. It was a fun day and a great chance to hang out with another team. We plan on making this an annual duel so look forward to this event next year!
The team is now preparing for the WIRA (Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association) championship in Sacramento, California. This year the team is breaking away from only racing the fours and decided to make the move into racing in the Varsity 8. The Varsity 8 has been training hard together all year and is hoping to make an exciting debut at WIRA’s. Along side the V8 will be the Novice 4 and the Light Weight 4. Final lineups are being decided early this week and we will all be driving down thursday morning! We would love to see any of you there!
Hey family, friends, and fans,
I’m sorry I forgot to post the schedule of todays races at UW, it was a busy week for all of our guys being the first week of the quarter and it slipped my mind. Here is a small recap of the last two weekend we have now raced.
Last saturday we traveled down to Tacoma for the Cascade Sprints for the first race of our season. This year, the races worked a bit differently now having heat races followed by petite and grand finals for the Varsity 8, Varsity 4, and Novice 8 boats. In the heat races the Varsity 8 took second behind WSU’s top 8 and crossed in front of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran putting them into the Varsity 8 grand final. The JV8 took third behind WSU and UO putting them into the petite final for the V8 boats which later was cancelled. The Varsity 4 went out in their heat and tied for first with Seattle University pushing both boats into the grand final as well. The Novice 8 final was cancelled, creating a one race final where the N8 took third behind WSU and Portland State, crossing in front of Oregon, Puget Sound and WSU (B). In the finals, the Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 both took fourth with some of the rowers on their 4th race for the day. Overall, the team is pleased with the rowing but is hoping to improve fitness and hit their peak for the NCRC Championship.
Today, the team raced at the University of Washington for the Husky Open. It was a great chance for the team to race a National Championship team and gauge their speed against the fastest in the nation. The course was shortened to 1500m due to rough water and wind. The team was extremely pleased with the V8 race as they finished behind UW’s 3V8 by half a length of open proving had it been a full 2000m, the V8 would have improved their best time by at least 10 seconds making the strides they are looking for. All other boats raced well too and the team as a whole is using the chance to race up to push them to another level for their upcoming races.
Next weekend, the team will be driving down to Eugene, Oregon to race on Dexter Lake for the Covered Bridge Regatta. It will be another great race against UW and a few other D1 schools along with a few schools from our conference.
Thank you to all our family, friends and fans who came out and stood in the down pour while we raced through the Montlake Cut! We would love to see you all next weekend on Dexter Lake!
Hey Family, Friends, and Fans,
We will be racing on American Lake in Tacoma, Washington on Saturday, March 30th for the Cascade Sprints. This is the teams first real race of the spring and the guys are hoping to put on a good show. After a long, intense week of practicing, the team is ready and excited to race. Come on out and support your WWU Men’s Rowing Team!
Schedule will go as follows…
9:00 WV8 – D1 & D2 WWU UCSD HSU SPU
9:10 WV8 – D3 & Club LC UPS WU PLU UO WSU
9:20 MV8 WWU(A) WSU(A) PLU UPS
9:30 MV8 WWU(B) UO WSU(B)
9:40 WV4A UCSD HSU(A) WWU(A) SPU SU(A)
9:50 WV4B WWU(B) HSU(B) SU(B) WU PLU PSU
10:00 W2V8 UPS WWU HSU
10:10 WN8 HSU(B) SU UO WSU HSU(A) PSU UPS
10:20 MV4 WU PLU SU WWU WSU SPU(A) LC(A)
10:30 MJV4 SU(B) PLU(B) SPU(C) UPS SPU(B) LC(B)
11:30 MN8-Final Only PSU UPS WSU(A) WWU WSU(B) UO
11:40 W4-Petite Final
11:50 W4-Grand FInal (Top 2 from W4A and W4B and next two fastest times)
12:00 M4-Petite Final
12:10 M4-Grand Final (Top 2 from V4 and JV4 and next three fastest times)
12:20 W2V/N8-Petite Final
12:30 W2V/N8-Grand Final (Top 2 from 2V8 and N8 and next two fastest times)
12:40 WV8-Petite Final
12:50 WV8-Grand Final (Top 2 from each WV8 heat and next two fastest times)
1:00 MV8-Petite Final
1:10 MV8-Grand Final (Top 2 from each MV8 heat and next two fastest times)
Directions to race:
From I-5: Take exit 123 – Thorne Lane. Head west over freeway (left from south, right from north). Follow Thorne Lane for approximately .35 miles. Just after road curves to the left, take the first right onto N. Thorne Lane. You will see a chain link fence on the right with a sign for Harry Todd Park. Follow the fence and enter at the main gate. Buses and vans should park in the main lot (nearer to the gate to leave space for trailers toward the boathouse end of the lot), but spectators should avoid using the lot and find street parking (do NOT park along the fence on Woodlawn Ave, however).
The Lake Samish race is coming up quick and we would love to see all of our family, friends, and fans out there as it will be our only “home” race this year. It will be a lot of fun but dress warm because it will probably be cold! Thanks to everyone who has been supporting our team, we appreciate every bit of it. Here is the race schedule for Saturday, March 9th!
0900 WWUa vs WWUb
0905 UPSb vs UPSa
0910 UPSc vs WWUc
0920 WWUa vs UPSb
0925 WWUb vs UPSa
0930 WWUc vs UPSc
0945 WWUa vs UPSb
0950 WWUc vs UPSa
1010 UPSa vs WWUb
1015 UPSb vs WWUc
1030 WWUc vs UPSc
1035 WWUb vs UPSb
1040 WWUa vs UPSa
1055 WWUb vs UPSb
1100 WWUa vs UPSa
1105 WWUb vs WWUc
Despite a strike of thick fog and windy mornings, the men’s crew team has been putting in hours on the water along with in the gym. The men’s team will race on Lake Samish in Bellingham on March 9th, making this the first home, spring, race any of these rowers have had. They are hoping to field a Varsity 8, Junior Varsity 8, Novice 8, and a Varsity 4. Come out and support your WWU Men’s Crew Team! Races will start at 8am.
The team is back together, practicing daily and already pushing themselves to their limits. They are welcoming a few new team members to the team but have also said goodbye to a few as well. Any new rowers, experienced or not, are more than welcome to join the team. If interested contact Joe Gregersen, the team Captain, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The team is hoping to get out on the water for the first time tomorrow morning, previous mornings have been too cold with temperatures almost breaking below the 20′s. Everyone is getting amped up for the quick approaching racing season!
With winter breaks end approaching quickly the WWU Men’s Crew team is staying in shape and amping up for the upcoming season. For those of you that do not know much about our team, it is a group of about 30, hard working individuals, men and women. There is a solid group of rowers this year, returners and novice, along with a great group of coxswains. The team is looking to repeat the wins they had last year through hard work and grueling practices. The men’s team will take on new rowers (men) and new coxswains (men or women) throughout the year. No experience is needed, you will be learning to row the day you join. We are hoping to get a final schedule soon so when we do it will be up on the website so all can see. Races will begin early March so it is almost here! If you are interested in rowing, being a part of the team, or knowing anything else about us, feel free to email us using the link on the website.
This fall, the team practiced for part of September, October and part of November then traveled to Pullman for the annual DARE Dual against WSU. WSU raced hard and won back the trophy this year but left WWU with motivation to push themselves harder, mentally and physically. When all racing was done, the team put together a raffle to be held at school to help raise money for traveling and equipment. The raffle was a success, not only brining in money but also potential teammates. It was a fun two week process that left the team in good spirits for the end of the quarter. The winner was, Tyler from LA, California, who happily left that day with a brand new GoPro HD Hero 3. Congratulations Tyler! The team is planning on using some of the profits for the next prize, hopefully even bigger and better! This raffle is looking to take place within the month of February.
Thanks for all those who support our team! Look out in a few months and see how we do!
Practice again tomorrow at 5pm, this time meeting outside the main entrance of Carver Gym. Tomorrow we are going to go over the basics of how to erg (rowing machines) along with a short workout. Great practice today, you all were very impressive but we still have a long tough road ahead. See you guys tomorrow, I’m glad to see it was such a great group of guys.
We will be having our first practice tomorrow, Thursday the 27th at 5pm on the turf field by the rec. Look for a large group of guys standing around. If you can make it at anytime, swing by and you can hop in the workout or if you have to leave early you are welcome to do so. We are planning on being done by 6 or 6:30. Come to practice, meet all the returners, and get a great workout! See you all tomorrow.
With the season and school approaching fast, we are holding our first meeting on Wednesday September 26th at 7:30pm in Fraser 4. We will also have a table set up at the red square info fair so swing by there if you get the chance and introduce yourself. We will have a list for guys and girls to write their name down on along with an email address so we can get everyone on the same page. At the meeting on the 26th we will announce when the first practice will be held and where. If you are interested in joining our team, I suggest you be there! Just to be clear, prior experience is not needed. I hope to see a lot of new faces at the fair and the meeting. See you all in a few days.
Men’s Crew Captain