Apr 18 2014

Seattle U Duel – Lake Whatcom, Bellingham 4/19/14

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SU vs VikingsPlease 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+

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Apr 15 2014

Covered Bridge Results

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Vikings Take Home Team Points Award!

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.

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Apr 09 2014

Covered Bridge Regatta 4/12/14

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Covered Bridge 2k meter race course – view from the finish line

Vikings Heading to Dexter Lake

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.

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Apr 04 2014

Husky Open This Saturday – 4/5/14

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 Racing UW through the “Cut”

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:

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Mar 27 2014

Daffodil Sprints Schedule – 3/29/14

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This Saturday March 29th the Vikings will be travelling to American Lake in Tacoma, WA to compete in their opening 2k regatta of Spring ’14. Spectators can meet and view the crews from Harry Todd Park, where roughly the last 250 meters of racing can be seen. The park is located at: N Thorne Ln SW, Lakewood, WA 98498, just off exit 123 on I-5. This race tends to be a wet and blustery one, so dress accordingly. The Vikings will be fielding 4 boats: Varsity 8+, Novice 8+, 2nd Novice 8+, and a V4+. Schedule posted below, see you there!



         Time   WWU Men’s Events  Boats Entered
7:30-   Coach & Cox Meeting
9:20-   M8 – heat 1  WWU V8 (lane 5)
9:30-   M8 – heat 2  WWU N8 (lane 4) & 2N8 (lane 5)
10:00-   M4 – heat 1  WWU V4 (lane 5)
10:20-   BREAK
11:50-   M8 Petite Final  *Boats not in Grand Final
12:00-   M8 Grand Final  *Top 2 from M8 heats and next 2 fastest times
12:30-   M4 Petite Final  *Boats not in Grand Final
12:40-   M4 Grand Final  *Top 2 from M4 heats and next 2 fastest times


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Mar 23 2014

Fraser Valley Results

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The Western men had a great duel against the Fraser Valley Men’s Crew yesterday on Lake Whatcom. It was a beautiful morning for rowing with glassy water all day. The two teams had a big spaghetti feed friday night and headed to the lake saturday morning for a great mix of racing. Due to a missing start line bouy, races varied from 1900m-2100m. Here are the results from the races:

Fraser V8 5:55.64
Western V8 6:00.69

Western JV8 6:38.25
Fraser JV8 6:56.47

Western V4 6:43.71
Fraser V4 6:54.79

Fraser JV4 6:51.14
Western JV4 7:03.94

Western 8NovA 6:36.68
Fraser 8Nov 6:38.71
Western 8NovB 7:13.81

The two teams went back and forth, taking wins, making for an exciting day of racing. Great job to Fraser Valley and WWU. Thank you to all friends and family who support us and were out there showing their support yesterday morning!
Next stop, American Lake, Tacoma, WA! See you all there!
Varsity 4 (Joe Gregersen, Carl Smith, Henry Brown, Brayden Jacobson, Gen Carrillo) getting ready at the start line. Photo by Tohn Keagle

Varsity 4 getting ready at the start line.
(Joe Gregersen, Carl Smith, Henry Brown, Brayden Jacobson, Gen Carrillo (cox))
Photo by Tohn Keagle


Varisty 4 performing a 30 stroke warm up piece. Photo by Tohn Keagle

Varisty 4 performing a 30 stroke warm up piece.
Photo by Tohn Keagle


JV4 mid race against Fraser Valley. (Rod Van der Linden, Quinton McDermott, Chris Swanson, Nathan Haase, Marielle Face) Photo by Tohn Keagle

JV4 mid race against Fraser Valley.
(Rod Van der Linden, Quinton McDermott, Luke Triemstra, Nathan Haase, Marielle Face (cox))
Photo by Tohn Keagle


Novice 8 powering to their win against Fraser Valley N8 and WWU 2N8. (Drew Doughty (Cox), Jackson Wood, Gabe Solseng, Severn Anderson, Spencer Cutsforth, Drew Falabella, Brandon Khademi, Evan Zolfkie, Brenden Aune) Photo by Tohn Keagle

Novice 8 powering to their win against Fraser Valley N8 and WWU 2N8.
(Drew Doughty (cox), Jackson Wood, Gabe Solseng, Severn Anderson, Spencer Cutsforth, Drew Falabella, Brandon Khademi, Evan Zofkie, Brenden Aune)
Photo by Tohn Keagle





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Mar 19 2014

Fraser Valley Duel Schedule

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Hey all friends and family,

This saturday, March 22nd, we are taking on Fraser Valley in a duel on Lake Whatcom! Here is the schedule for saturday:
9:15 – coach and cox meeting
10:00 – V8 2k
10:45 – JV8 2k
11:15 – V4 2k
12:00 – JV4
12:30 – FV JV8 vs WWU Nov8 and 2nd Nov 8

We hope to see you all there and thanks for all the support coming into our spring season!

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Mar 16 2014

Samish 1k Sprint Results

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Thank you to all family and friends that came to watch us race!  Come see us next Saturday, March 22nd, at Lake Whatcom against Fraser Valley

8WWUa – 2:57 8UPSb – 3:05
8UPSa – 2:56 8SPU – 3:09
8WWUna – 3:07 8WWUnv – 3:21
8UPSa – 3:00 8WWUa – 3:04
8WWUna – 3:12.32 8SPU – 3:13.86
8UPSb – 3:21 8WWUnb – 3:33
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8UPSa – 3:04 8WWUb – 3:16
8WWUnmix – 3:27 8UPSb – 3:29
8UPS – 3:45 8SPU – 3:54
4SPUb – 3:33 4WWUb – 3:39
8WWUb – 3:15 8UPSb – 3:30
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4WWUa – 3:17 4SPUa – 3:33
4WWUb – 3:38 4UPS – 3:49.76 4SPUb – 3:52.12
4WWUa – 3:20 4SPU – 3:28 4UPS – 3:51

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Mar 16 2014

Western looks strong heading into spring

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Western’s men’s crew team carries boats out of the Lakewood Boathouse on Monday, March 10, at Lake Whatcom. The crew team practices every weekday starting at 5 a.m. // Photo by Evan Abell

Devon Zahm / The Western Front

The Western men’s crew team launches into spring season with hopes of coming away with its third consecutive Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference title.

The team springs into its competitive season on Saturday, March 15, when it will host the University of Puget Sound and Seattle Pacific University in the first regatta of the season, The Western Washington University Invitational, on Lake Samish. The teams will race 1,000 meters—half the distance of the regulation 2,000-meter races — because the regatta is meant to gauge the teams’ abilities, senior team president Joe Gregersen said.

The WWU Invitational is the beginning of a jam-packed schedule including another regatta, the Frazier Valley duel, March 22, on Lake Whatcom. The team has a race scheduled for every weekend until Memorial Day, Gregersen said.

“When you finish a race and you win, there’s no referee, there’s no weird calls because everything is quantifiable and unarguable,” junior team vice president Carl Smith said. “[It] proves that you’re stronger than the other guys, you’re better than them.”

Smith is eager to begin competing because of the turnout this year. In the past, athletes either graduate or the time commitment became too much for them, but this year the team has a lot more returners, Smith said.

The returning rowers have all matured and are ready for new challenges, Gregersen said.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who were young last year and have really grown this year,” Gregersen said. “I think the whole team has a higher standard.”

This is the strongest team head coach Jack  Marolich has seen in his five years of coaching at Western, he said.

“Based on the team this year versus last year and the year before, I would say we have a better team,” Marolich said. “I’d like to think that it means that we have a better shot at winning the conference title, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.”

Participating on the crew team is rewarding, Smith said.

“[Rowing] is the only thing in my life where I’ve had to match the gaps with physical demand and mental ones,” Smith said. “But there’s physical accomplishment and mental fortitude for it.”

Gruesome weather conditions hindered the winter training schedule for the team, but hasn’t brought down its spirits, Marolich said.

The team practiced on the water less than in recent seasons because of wind, fog and snow. Instead, the members used the opportunity to focus on land workouts and training, making them stronger than in the past, Marolich said.

All rowers practice at 5 a.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. on Saturdays at Lake Whatcom. As a club sport, the men also have to pay to participate and must fundraise for team expenses, such as traveling and equipment.

“It takes someone who is quite motivated and dedicated to not only do all those things, but also wake up six days a week before most people even think of getting up,” Marolich said.


Read this article at The Western Front

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Feb 25 2014

Race against SU cancelled

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Hey all,

Unfortunately due to poor weather this winter leaving us with minimal practices and traveling complications, we will not be racing Seattle University this weekend. That race will hopefully be pushed to April 19th and we hope to see you all there! Thank you for all your support, it continually benefits the team! See you at Lake Samish for our duel against UPS.

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