Aug 18 2014
Filmed by Tohn Keagle
Edited by Nathan Haase
Aug 18 2014
Filmed by Tohn Keagle
Edited by Nathan Haase
May 28 2014
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.
May 13 2014
May 09 2014
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
Apr 24 2014
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!
Apr 21 2014
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!
Apr 18 2014
Please join the Vikings on their home course this weekend where they’ll host Seattle U in their second annual Spring duel. Both teams are nearing the peak of Spring racing season and taking one last swing before heading to Rancho Cordova, CA to compete at the WIRA Championships on 4/26 & 27. Spectators are welcome to watch from the Lakewood Watersports Facility where they can see roughly the last 750 meters of racing. Schedule below:9:45 – V8+ 10:30 – N8+ 11:15 – LtWtV4+ 12:00 – N4+
Apr 15 2014
This past weekend the Vikings had a very successful race on Dexter Lake in Oregon. The team came away with 4 wins: Varsity 8+, Varsity 4+, Novice 8+, and Novice 4+. The day of racing started out with a decisive open water lead in the V8+ over Sanoma State, a crew that the team rarely sees outside of California racing. It was followed by another win by the N4+ that not only bested the field in their heat, but posted the fastest time in both heats by 6 seconds. Next came a win by the V4+ that both took their heat and posted the fastest time between the 2 heats by 4 seconds. In one of the more surprising and exciting races of the day, both of Western’s N8+’s finished 1 & 2 in a 4 boat field, with the 2N8+ besting the 3rd place competitor by 40 seconds! To cap off a great day of racing, the Vikings (Men & Women) took home the team points efficiency award, which measured how well all the boats placed vs. their competitors. The dominance of the crew this past weekend was long overdue and the boats are finding their speed just in time for championship racing, starting with WIRA’s on Lake Natoma the weekend of April 26th. You can check out results of this last weekend’s racing HERE.
Apr 09 2014
The Vikings are travelling to Dexter Lake, OR this weekend to compete in the Covered Bridge Regatta. It is a 2-day event attracting masters, juniors, and collegiate athletes from Washington to California, although all collegiate racing takes place on Saturday. The Viking crews have been steadily finding more speed week to week and this weekend will be a good test of their progress vs. crews that they don’t race against too often. This is a great lake for spectators, and the surroundings are beautiful, so please come and support the team! You can find a schedule of racing HERE. Information and directions to venue can be found HERE.
Apr 04 2014
Join the Vikings this weekend in Seattle and watch them race through the Montlake Cut! They will be fielding a V8, JV8, and F8 and facing a few of the top collegiate crews in the nation: UW, OSU, and Drexel. This is a great opportunity for the crews to “race up” and test their speed through one of the best rowing courses on the West Coast. This is a terrific race for spectators as well; the whole course can be seen from an aerial view on the Montlake Bridge or up close and personal along the base of the cut. Schedule below: