Daffodil Regatta and San Diego Crew Classic Report

The Vikings opened the spring racing season on Saturday, March 27th with appearances at the San Diego Crew Classic and Daffodil Regatta in Tacoma, WA.

The Vikings hold off UCLA and Orange Coast in the final 100m
The Vikings (blue shell) hold off UCLA and Orange Coast in the final 100m

In San Diego, The Varsity 8+ awoke at 5 AM and headed to Mission Bay for their first race of the season. Nerves were high, especially among the three first year rowers competing at a varsity level. The vikings fought through a tough heat in the morning but finished 5th, behind University of British Columbia, Grand Valley, Drexel, and Georgia Tech. Disappointed in their performance, the vikings headed to the third final later that day to prove they belonged among some of the nation’s top 8’s.

As the race started, UCLA and rowing powerhouse Orange Coast College immediately took a commanding 1st and 2nd place lead. Passing the 1000m mark, the vikings sat about three quarters of a boat length back from the leader, UCLA, and still trailed Orange coast by about half a length. The vikings soon pushed through both crews in the final 1000m, easily rowing through UCLA while Orange coast struggled to hang on to the viking’s push.  In the end, the viking 8 held off a late charge from Orange Coast and finished a seat up on the crew from Costa Mesa, taking first out of five boats in the third final.

All in all, the rowers were happy with their performance and everyone enjoyed the sun and watching top national-level crews compete in beautiful San Diego. It was a valuable experience and a great way to kick off the 2010 racing season.

In Tacoma, the viking novice crew competed against several local NCRC rivals, including UPS and Lewis and Clark. In the novice four event, the viking crew immediately shot to the front, battling for first with Seattle University, well ahead of several other crews. Unfortunately, at the 500m mark, a large wake pushed the crew out of their lane, forcing them to stop and correct their course, losing their first position and falling behind. The rowers were disappointed in their luck, but optimistic and excited for their next race.

Unfortunately, the Husky Open this Saturday was canceled due to inclement weather.

It looks to be an exciting and competitive 2010 racing season, as the vikings prepare to face the University of Puget Sound in a dual regatta on Lake Samish this saturday at 10 AM. Come support your viking men and women rowing crews in their only home regatta of the season!