The Western Washington University women's varsity eight prevailed over entries from the University of Washington and Seattle University on Saturday morning at the Husky Open held on the Montlake Cut.
The Vikings won against the two Division I entries over the 2,000-meter course. UW was second and Seattle third.
"They rowed a really clean race," said WWU coach John Fuchs (16th year). "They got a good start and inched forward throughout. I was very happy with the way they rowed. It builds up a little more confidence."
Seated in WWU's winning shell were coxswain Maeghan Callegari, 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.
The Vikings' junior varsity eight lost to the UW in a two-boat race.
"They lost their course a little bit coming down and had to avoid a navigational buoy," Fuchs said. "But they recovered pretty good. It's tough because we're been changing that lineup quite a bit."
WWU's varsity four shells placed fourth and fifth, behind two UW boats and a Seattle shell.
"I was hoping that we might do a little better in that race, but we're in process with them. We've been moving people around in those boats."
Overall, Fuchs was impressed with his athletes and with the meet.
"Our plan was to execute a better race plan this week and for the most part that's what they did. We were really focusing on rhythm and I felt that they did a good job there."
"This meet is turning into a nice little regatta and I'm looking forward to coming down here every year."
The Vikings are at the Covered Bridge Regatta at Eugene, Ore., on Saturday, Apr. 12.