Oct 01 2014

Fall Updates

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The Vikings look on towards the start of a promising Fall season. With three full 8s of returning and experienced rowers, the Men’s crew has been pulling their way towards readiness for the American Lake Fall Classic on October 12th. Finalization of the Head of the Charles 4+ has allowed for more intense focus and competition between the V4+, JV4+ and the 2V8 and 3V8 during practice this week as the team looks to put meters under the boats to get into racing form.

The novice squad is now at a steady ~30 rowers who have shown that they have the mental constitution and physical ability to take on the rigors of the sport. This Saturday will mark the first full on-the-water practice for most, a capstone to a week of technique work and increasingly difficult dry land workouts.

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Sep 30 2014

Beginning Rowers Practice Schedule

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It is not too late to get involved! Anyone interested in coming out should plan to meet for the duration of this week (9.29 – 10.3) at the South entrance of Carver Gym. The entry faces the SMATE building and is at the end of the primary hall through Carver. New rowers should introduce themselves to the coaches and club leadership at the practice to ensure that they are added to the mailing list and the clubs Orgsync page. For additional questions about meeting times or if you would like to chat with someone prior to coming out, email Carl Smith at smithc72@students.wwu.edu.

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Sep 25 2014

Season Kickoff

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Thursday the 25th will be the first practice for the novice team in the Fall 2014 season. For all incoming rowers, meet at 5:00 pm on the turf field outside the Rec Center (North end of campus, right between the Comm Lawn and the Ridge, directly South of Wade King SRC). It is not too late to get started! If you missed the info meeting on Wednesday, feel free to show up and introduce yourself to the coaches and rowers. If there are any scheduling conflicts that prohibit attendance, please get in touch with the team at wwurowing@gmail.com.

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Sep 19 2014

Getting Involved

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If you are interested in becoming involved in WWU Men’s Crew, there will be an informational meeting held on Wednesday the 24th at 7 pm in the Academic Instructional Center West (AIC West) in room 204. This meeting is a non-committal opportunity to learn about the team, what the season will entail and what expectations there are for rowers and coxswains. Our returning squad, including team leadership and coaches, will be available to meet with and to answer any questions. Men’s Crew will also have a booth at the WWU info fair between the Wilson and Haggard halves of the library on September 22nd and 23rd.

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Aug 18 2014

New Video: WWU Men’s Crew (2013-2014)

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Filmed by Tohn Keagle
Edited by Nathan Haase

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May 28 2014

Men’s crew takes third in Philadelphia

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From L to R: Jack Marolich (Coach), Brayden Jacobson, Carl Smith, Genevieve Carrillo (Coxswain), Joe Gregersen, Henry Brown.

From L to R: Jack Marolich (Coach), Brayden Jacobson, Carl Smith, Genevieve Carrillo (Coxswain), Joe Gregersen, Henry Brown.


Daniel Roth // The Western Front

Fueled by excitement, passion and some dark leafy greens, Western men’s crew Varsity 4 took third place at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia Saturday, May 10.

Western beat out Bowdoin College, Drexel University and Duke University at the Dad Vail Regatta, the largest collegiate regatta in the U.S. At 6:29.12, Western was less than one second behind the second-place team, Oklahoma City University, at 6:28.254. Colgate University took first place with a time of 6:25.582.

The only west coast team competing in the V4, Western took first place in their semi-final-qualifying heat on Friday. Western also had the fastest time out of 49 boats racing on the course, said coxswain Genevieve Carrillo.

“That entire afternoon, [after the race], we were just flying high. We were so happy,” she said.

On Friday night, before the semi-finals, the team made sure to eat kale, Carrillo said.

“We call it our good-luck kale,” she said. “It’s just about the most Bellingham superstition you can have.”

The team’s good-luck ritual paid off, as Western again took first place in the V4 semi-finals at 6:53.995, eight seconds ahead of second place finisher Duke. This marks the first time the men’s team made it past the semi-finals, Carrillo said.

Just before the Grand Final for men’s V4, an unexpected storm hit and delayed the race by two hours, Brown said.

The Grand Final race was neck and neck between Western, Colgate and Oklahoma City, said stroke Henry Brown.

“[Colgate] beat us by four seconds – that’s about one boat length,” Brown said. “OKC beat us by one second – they had maybe half a boat on us.”

Carrillo said that the closeness of the race was tough to deal with.

“It kind of hurt to see it was so close,” Carrillo said. “Maybe we could have taken first if something would have gone differently.”

Men’s crew’s accomplishments at the Regatta gave Western unexpected recognition, Brown said.

“Competing with old, established and very prestigious crews, no one knew who we were,” Brown said. “But after our first race, putting the fastest time down, people would stop and say, ‘Oh, that’s Western!’”

By taking third at the Dad Vail, men’s crew met the goal they made last year to podium at a national regatta, Carrillo said.

“We’re excited to come back next year and win,” she added.

In two weeks, men’s crew V8 is getting back in the water for the American Collegiate Rowing Conference in Gainesville, Georgia. On Saturday, May 17, the team is hosting an Alumni Day on Lake Whatcom.

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May 13 2014

Alumni Day – May 17th

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This Saturday the team will be hosting a breakfast at Lakewood to show our appreciation for everyone that has supported us through this past season. Family, friends and alumni are invited to the Lakewood Boathouse from 9 am to 12 pm this Saturday, May 17th, for a final celebration of the 2013-2014 racing season. Coaches gifts, senior recognition and season summaries will accompany a breakfast served by the team. Those who are interested will have the opportunity to row in a racing shell with members of the team.
9:00 am
Meet and greet with rowers and coaches, chances to row around the Lakewood area
10:00 am
Season recap
Coaches and Senior rower recognition
10:45 am-12:00 pm
Continued chances to row, mingle, check out the Lakewood grounds

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May 09 2014

Crew team places in five events, prepares for competition

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Daniel Roth // The Western Front // May 9, 2014

Western men’s crew took second place by a margin of three points at the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference (NCRC) Saturday, May 3, at Dexter Lake, Oregon. University of Puget Sound narrowly beat Western, scoring 66 points to Western’s 63.

Men’s crew raced eight boats in the NCRC, two Varsity 8s and six 4s, said varsity coxswain Genevieve Carrillo. The team took first place in the Varsity 4, at 7:15.3, and the Novice 4, at 7:22.9.

Western came in second in the Varsity 8, at 6:15.71. University of Puget Sound, which took second place in last year’s V8 and won with a time of 6:10.5. The Junior Varsity 4 also took second with a time of 7:38.41, and the Lightweight V4 took third, at 8:43.87.

Western’s V4 team was blown off course at the start of the race, but they were still able to pull through and take first place, said Henry Brown, who competed in the V4 and V8.

The NCRC marks the end of the competitive season for most of the team. Carrillo and Brown, along with the rest of the V4 team, are currently in Philadelphia, preparing to compete in the Dad Vail Regatta this weekend.

Held on the Schuylkill River, the Dad Vail Regatta is the oldest and largest collegiate regatta in the U.S.

Among 49 boats, Western men’s crew is the only west coast men’s V4 competing in the regatta this year, said captain Carl Smith.

Last year, men’s crew made it to the semi-finals, and hopes to make it all the way to the Grand Final this year, Smith said.

Brown said the team feels confident going into the regatta.

“Our coach made a point of saying these national regattas are a big deal,” Brown said. “He’s not going to send boats that aren’t championship worthy.”

Men’s crew has been practicing in windy conditions to prepare for the regatta, Carrillo said.

“The Schuylkill River recently flooded, and we know it’s going to be choppy,” she said. “We’ve been trying to push ourselves to row in conditions that we’re not comfortable in.”

The Dad Vail Regatta takes place May 9 and 10. On May 17, men’s crew is hosting an alumni day on Lake Whatcom.


Link to article: http://www.westernfrontonline.net/sports/article_f44ee68c-d796-11e3-ab19-001a4bcf6878.html

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Apr 24 2014

Men Headed to Lake Natoma

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WIRA Racing!

The Vikings are travelling to California to compete this weekend at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships on Lake Natoma, Rancho Cordova. Spectators can view racing from the park adjoining the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. This is the regional championship regatta for West Coast schools, excluding most of the Pac-12 crews. The team is entering 2 boats, the varsity 8+ and novice 4+, both of which they feel have speed to advance to Grand Final racing on Sunday. The racing schedule for the weekend can be found HERE. This regatta will be a great preview to how they should fair the following weekend in Eugene in their conference NCRC Championship. The team is aiming to take home the NCRC Team Points Trophy for the 3rd year in a row! Go Vikings!

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Apr 21 2014

Western vs. SU Results

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WWU vs. SU

Both WWU & SU crews in front of the Lakewood Boathouse following racing

This last Saturday the Redhawks visited the Vikings on their home course for their second annual duel. The water started out flat at 7AM, but the wind came in quickly from the SE by the time racing got started. The first event of the day, the Varsity 8, saw a tail/crosswind from the SE that churned up some waves, but the course remained rowable. The Vikings led the 2-2.5k race from the beginning and finished 4 lengths ahead of the Redhawks. The second race of the day, the N8’s, also saw increasingly rough water and once again a stout tail/crosswind on the shortened 1500m course. The 1st Western N8 led the race from the first strokes and finished 5+ boat lengths in the lead. The race between Western’s 2N8+ and SU was a close one however, and the Redhawks edged out the Vikings by a length in the last 500m of racing. Unfortunately the 4’s races were cancelled due to poor rowing conditions.

It was a great time for both teams and the Vikings look forward to hosting SU again next year! The team now looks forward to the WIRA and NCRC Championships coming up in the next 2 weeks. Western will be taking their V8+ and N4+ to Rancho Cordova, CA this next weekend, then the whole team will be in Eugene, OR on the weekend on May 3rd. See you at the races!

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