WWU has four gold medal winning performances at WIRA Regatta

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 30, 2013 

In one of the finest overall performances in its heralded history, all four of Western Washington University women's entries had gold medal winning efforts Sunday, April 28, at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta held at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma.

The Vikings, ranked No. 1 nationally in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing NCAA Division II Poll, won grand final heats in the varsity four, novice four, junior varsity eight and varsity eight races for Division II, Division III and club teams.

Coupled with winning all four of its qualifying heats Saturday, April 27, WWU was a perfect 8 for 8 at the meet. Its four gold medals matched the school record set in 2009.

"Everybody is progressing and we saw some good racing," WWU coach John Fuchs said in a press release. "Everyone went home with a gold medal, what more can you ask for?"

The performance also went a long ways towards securing a berth for the Vikings as the West Region representative at the NCAA national championships. The official announcement will be made May 19.

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