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WWU’s varsity four prevails in WIRA grand final

The Western Washington University women’s varsity four won its grand final by two-tenths of a second Sunday, Apr. 26, at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships held at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma.

Both the Vikings’ women’s varsity eight and women’s junior varsity eight placed fourth in their grand finals.

The grand final victory was the fourth for the WWU varsity four in the last five years.

Seated in the winning shell were coxswain Katey Sullivan, stroke Trisha Patterson, No.3 Molly Ware, No.2 Alexa Thompson and bow Karisa Stapp.

WWU and Humboldt State battled the entire 2,000 meters. The Vikings held a slim lead of three or four seats throughout and prevailed with a winning time of 7:50.3. The Lumberjacks were clocked in 7:50.5 and UC San Diego was third (8:03.5) in the six-boat race.

On Saturday, the WWU four won its heat, edging runner-up Humboldt State by 1.2 seconds.

WWU’s varsity eight, which took its heat Saturday, placed fourth (7:14.3) in its grand final. UC Santa Barbara (7:05.4) was first, followed by Humboldt State (7:06.4) and UC San Diego (7:11.0).

The Vikings’ junior varsity eight, second in its heat Saturday, finished fourth (7:47.1) behind UC Santa Barbara (7:34.7), UC San Diego (7:35.8), and UC Davis (7:42.1) in the six-boat field with Humboldt State fifth (7:50.0).

WWU ranked No.3 in last week’s Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing NCAA Division II Poll. Defending NCAA II national champion Humboldt State was No.2 and UC San Diego No.6.

The Vikings compete in the Windemere Cup/Opening Day regatta on Saturday, May 2, at Seattle’s Montlake Cut.