We want to congratulate all of our novice rowers who successfully completed their first year of rowing at Lake Natoma last weekend! It is truly an accomplishment for these men and women to have made it through 7 months with the team, and speaks to their dedication and hard work. The Varsity teams will continue to train over the month of May, preparing to compete at the ACRA National Championships at Lake Lanier GA May 25th & 26th.
Sorry of the delay on getting these up, here’s a recap of the last 4 weeks of UO Rowing racing: NCRC Invitational, Vancouver Lake, Saturday April 6th Battling strong winds all day, the UO crews posted strong results at Vancouver Lake. The Men’s Varsity 8+ won handily, beating out Humboldt State, Puget Sound, Lewis and Clark, and Pacific Lutheran. Facing strong headwinds (>10mph) and heavy chop in the first thousand meters, the boat posted a time of 7:16. Facing similar conditions the Women’s Varsity 8+ battled to 6th place, against some very strong Division III competition. The Men’s 2nd Varsity 4+ was the last UO boat to race on a full 2000 meters, and they won easily, 13 seconds ahead of the competition. The 2V4 beat out Puget Sound, Humboldt, Lewis & Clark, Seattle Pacific, and Willamette U. After the Men’s 2V4 the races were shortened to 1000 meters dues to the heavy chop on the first half of the course. The Men’s Varsity 4+ placed 4th of 7, with a time of 4:11.7. The Men’s Novice 8+ lost a close race to Puget Sound, by only 3 seconds to take second place. The Men’s novice 8 was split into 4’s to race in the N4 and 2N4 events, placing 4th and 2nd respectively. The Oregon Women continued to compete against strong DIII competition, placing 5th in the V4, 4th in the Novice 8, and 6th in the Novice 4. Covered Bridge Regatta, Lake Dexter, Saturday April 13th The following weekend the UO team raced on our home course at Dexter lake, facing increasingly strong winds as the afternoon wore on. The Women’s 8+ raced in the JV event, and placed 7th against very tough competition, which included DI University of Portland and DII National Champion contenders Western Washington and Humboldt State. The Women’s Varsity 4 performed well in their heat, taking 2nd place overall. The Men’s Varsity 8+ lost a close race to Western Washington to place 2nd, 4 seconds behind the 1st place boat. Varsity 4 B boat won their heat, obliterating the field by nearly 50 seconds. The A boat faced tougher competition, and had to settle for 5th. The Novice Women’s 8 and 4 both earned third place finishes on the afternoon. The Men’s Novice 4’s placed 3rd and 5th in their heats, while the N8 placed 4th overall. WIRA Championships, Lake Natoma, April 27th-28th The UO teams finished out the meat of their competitive year with a strong showing at the WIRA championships in Sacramento CA. Leading the UO teams was the Women’s Varsity 4+, who placed fourth in their qualifying heat .3 seconds behind Long Beach State. A third place finish would have put the women into the grand finals, but they had to settle for a dominating performance in the petite final (8:19.8), beating out second place Willamette by 8 seconds. The Men’s Varsity 8+ faced tough competition in their heat, finishing 4 seconds out of the 3rd place finish necessary to reach the grand finals. In the petite final they finished 2nd, giving 1st-place USC everything they had, losing by .4 seconds. The Mens V8 posted their best time of the year at WIRAs (on calm water) with a 6:24 2k. The Men’s novice 8 placed 7th in their heat, and faced familiar foe Puget Sound in the 3rd final. The Novice men held a lead for most of the race, but were edged out in the last 500 meters. The Women’s Novice 8 placed 6th in their qualifying heat, and struggled to a 5th place finish in the petite final after encountering equipment issues partway into the race. The UO also featured Men’s and Women’s varsity pairs. The men, who had been practicing together for less than a week, finished 4th in the 3rd Final, while the Women nearly made it to the medal stand, placing 4th overall.
The UO Rowing team returned to the water last weekend with a strong showing at the Cascade Sprints Regatta. Conditions were beautiful, featuring sunny skies and a cross tailwind of 5-10mph on American Lake in Lakewood, WA. Recap (results courtesy of row2k.com): The Men’s Varsity 8+ advanced to the Grand Finals of the regatta, where they placed 3rd overall, barely losing second to the Washington State B boat by 1.3 seconds, with a time of 6:18.3. This bests the V8’s best time of last spring by 21 seconds. The Men’s Novice 8+ finished 4th of 6, with a time of 6:48.8. The UO novices learned a great deal from thier first 2k, losing a second place spot to Western Washington and Portland State in the last 10 strokes. They’ll build on their experience and look to rebound against these crews with rematches at NCRCs and Covered Bridge. The Women’s V8 placed 3rd of 4 in the petite final, with a time of 7:30.8. They faced strong competition as the only club women’s team at the regatta, which featured a defending Division II National Champions Humboldt State and contender Western Washington. The Women’s Novice 8+ tied for 1st in the 2nd Varsity 8 petite final (the novice and 2V8 heats were merged for finals), in a tight race against the Humboldt State B boat. The women had a time of 7:35.1, with similar stiff competition as the varsity women. All times can be accessed at the Row2k Results page (http://www.row2k.com/results/index.cfm). The UO rowers will be back in action this week at the NCRC Invitational at Vancouver Lake.