College Sports

ROWING: Western crews dominate at NCRC Regatta

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Living up to its No. 1 national rating, Western Washington University dominated the women’s division Saturday at the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Invitational Regatta on Vancouver Lake.

The Vikings, who have won the last three NCAA Division II national titles, are ranked atop the latest USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches of America NCAA II Poll, receiving all six first-place votes.

Going against the best the West Region had to offer, Western won the Division II eight and four races, as well as the open eight, all by two boat lengths or more. The Vikings also took top honors in the novice eight and junior varsity eight finals.

Western’s varsity eight won the DII race early in the morning with a 7:16.60 clocking over the 2,000-meter course. Humboldt State was second (7:39.08), followed by Seattle Pacific (7:40.16) and UC San Diego (7:41.23).

The Vikings’ eight closed out the regatta with another solid victory in the open race. They were timed in 7:20.90 in the seven-boat field, with Puget Sound second in 7:31.66.

The Vikings’ varsity four captured its DII race in 8:24.90. It was the same order of finish as the DII eight with Humboldt State second (8:33.29), Seattle Pacific third (8:36.52) and UC San Diego fourth (8:50.17).

The winning time for the Vikings’ novice eight was 8:05.40, well ahead of runner-up Willamette (8:23.52) in the six-boat race. Western’s junior varsity eight won in 7:35.05, half a boat length in front of Puget Sound (7:37.82) in another six-team field. The Vikings have not lost to a Division II school in either a varsity eight or four race since the 2004 NCAA II national championships.

Western next entertains Puget Sound in a dual race Saturday on Lake Samish.