Showing marked improvement for the third straight week, a young Western Washington University women’s rowing team posted four firsts and three seconds at the Covered Bridge Regatta held Saturday, Apr. 11, on Dexter Lake.
The Vikings swept each of two novice four and junior varsity four races, placed second in both varsity four runs and was second and fourth in a pair of varsity eight races, staying within four seconds of the winner in both events.
In its first race, WWU’s top eight placed second by a boat length to defending NCAA Division II national champion Humboldt State among seven boats. The Vikings covered the 2,000-meter course in 7:12.08 with the Lumberjacks winning in 7:08.50.
In its afternoon run, the Viking eight was fourth in 6:58.37. Seattle U won in 6:43.90, with Humboldt State second (6:54.10) and UC San Diego third (6:56.59).
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WWU’s junior varsity four had winning times of 8:28.70 and 8:15.30, and the novice four won in 8:29.40 and 8:16.70.
“The novice four did a fine job in winning both of its races and the junior varsity four kind of walked away with a couple of races,” Fuchs said. “They didn’t have much competition, but they posted a good time. The second time down they were right there with our varsity four’s time.”
Seated in the WWU junior varsity four were coxswain Katey Sullivan, stroke Alexa Thompson, No.3 Karisa Stapp, No.2 Becky Newby, and bow Analissa Merrill. Making up the novice four were coxswain Maddy Carpenter, stroke Hannah Benson, No.3 Maya Hendin, No.2 Hillary Dodge, and bow Ally Littlefield.
The Vikings’ varsity four had two second-place efforts with times of 8:02.77 and 8:14.37.
WWU takes a week off from competition before going to the Western Intercolleigate Rowing Association Championships on Apr. 25 at Gold River, California.