On March 12 the Vikings traveled for their first international regatta, and first of the season, up to Fort Langley, B.C., to duel with the University of Fraser Valley Cascades.
Four lineups made the trip up north: The N4+ (H. LaMarche, M. Melkonian, D. Korus, M. Starr, cox: B. Maynard), Lt4+ (M. Otelle, M. Tokuoka, N. Vitalis, G. Williams, cox: M. Dowell), V4+ (B. Waples, S. Anderson, H. Brown, S. Doty, cox: T. Keagle) and the V8 (B. Waples, J. Wood, M. Starr, D. Korus, S. Anderson, C. Mckay, H. Brown, S. Doty, cox: G. Carrillo).
The main event, the V4+, resulted in a tough loss for the Vikings, losing by a little less than a boat length to the Cascades. The second event, featuring the V8 in their first race of the season, was a stronger result for the Vikings, as they pulled away from UFV ending with a final time of 6:14. The final event featured Western’s N4+ and Lt4+, as well as a junior 4x. The lightweight crew and the novices had an intense, back and forth battle of a race, which ended in the lightweights pulling across the line ahead by about one seat.
After the Vikings finished up their finals a week later, they ventured down to duel with Seattle University and Pacific Lutheran University for their first full-team race, before the beginning of their spring break training. They brought down two 8’s, one consisting of returners and one of mostly novices, as well as the V4+ and the N4+.
The N4+ got their first chance to race another novice boat and won with a resounding lead by the finish line, with a large lead as they passed their spectators at around the halfway mark. The V4+ followed, losing only by about a boat length to the SU crew, both with a considerable lead over the PLU 4+. The 1V8 and 2V8 raced against the SU 1V8, and though there was confusion about where the finish line was, the 1V8 steadily pulled away from the SU 1V8+ through the whole race, and managed to finish ahead of the SU crew, while many in the 2V8+ got their first race experiences in.