The Western Washington University women's rowing team placed second to NCAA Division I University of Portland in both the varsity eight and second varsity eight races and won the varsity four event to open its season Saturday at the Daffodil Sprints held on American Lake.
The Vikings' eight completed the 2,000-meter course in 8:17.7, less than two seconds behind the Pilots (8:16.1) with Seattle University third (8:25.3).
Seated in the Vikings' boat were coxswain Maeghan Callegeri, stroke Catrina Cuadra, No. 7 Regan Wessman, No. 6 Lauren Ramstead, No. 5 Megan Marler, No. 4 Olivia Rowland, No. 3 Christine Henie, No. 2 Emily Bartlett, and bow Emily Little.
Portland dominated the junior varsity eight race with a winning time of 8:28.7. WWU was second among five boats in 8:42.7.
WWU's varsity four won by nearly two boat lengths over Portland with a time of 8:37.3. The Pilots were clocked in 8:43.0. In all, there were six entries.
Making up the Vikings' winning four shell were coxswain Kate Nelson, stroke Audra Massey, No. 3 Sara Crowell, No. 2 Alyson Morris, and bow Becky Newby.
The Vikings' other entry, the junior varsity four (9:03.6) finished a close second to host University of Puget Sound (9:00.2) in a seven-boat race.
WWU next competes at the Husky Open on Saturday, Apr. 5.