Competing in poor weather conditions, the Western Washington University varsity eight and varsity four boats placed second in women's races Saturday, April 6, at the University of Washington's Husky Open held on the Montlake Cut.
"The weather was pretty disappointing, and they had to shorten the course to 1,500 meters," WWU coach John Fuchs said. "We'll take from it what we can after competing in pouring down rain, but we're on track and we're progressing."
The Vikings' varsity eight boat was clocked in 5:25.9, finishing behind University of Portland (5:21.7) and ahead of Washington (5:32.7). It was their first loss in four races this season.
In that WWU shell were coxswain Maeghan Callegari, stroke Stephanie Bluhm, No. 7 Olivia Rowland, No. 6 Lauren Ramstead, No. 5 Olivia Gangmark-Strickland, No. 4 Maddy Hillier, No. 3 Regan Wessman, No. 2 Claire Marine and bow Christine Henie.
WWU's four (5:53.9) finished a little more than four seconds behind Washington (5:49.2) with Seattle University (5:56.5) third.
Seated in that WWU boat were coxswain Kate Nelson, stroke Audra Massey, No. 3 Catrina Cuadra, No. 2 Emily Little and bow Sara Crowell.
WWU next competes in the Covered Bridge Regatta on Saturday, April 13, on Dexter Lake near Eugene, Ore.