A young and inexperienced Western Washington University women’s rowing team began its season in solid fashion, winning two races and finishing second in another, at the Daffoldil Sprints on Saturday, March 28, held on American Lake.
The afternoon portion of the schedule was canceled because of strong crossing headwinds.
“We’re pretty pleased, all of the kids rowed well,” said WWU head coach John Fuchs. “The conditions were tough, but they handled them well and it was good racing.”
WWU’s varsity eight placed second to defending NCAA Division II national champion Humboldt State in a seven-boat race. The Vikings’ second varsity eight and varsity four both won close races.
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“This was a good one to get under our belt,” Fuchs said. “The four had some experience, but the other two crews are really young and many of them hadn’t rowed a race before. So, just getting out there and doing a solid piece of work was what we were after and they accomplished that.
“It was disappointing that we couldn’t row again in the afternoon … It would have been nice to have had another run down the course.”
Seated in the Vikings’ varsity eight were coxswain Maeghan Callegari, stroke Emily Bartlett, No. 7 Megan Marler, No. 6 Katya Hewitt, No. 5 Kia Parrish-Hiam, No. 4 Jenny Chang, No. 3 Nicole Vanderzanden, No. 2 Mary Harper, and bow Kristin Foster.
Making up the WWU varsity four were coxswain Katey Sullivan, stroke Trisha Patterson, No. 3 Molly Ware, No. 2 Becky Newby, and bow Analissa Merrill.
WWU next competes at the University of Washington Husky Open on Apr. 4 at Seattle’s Montlake Cut.