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.

 

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