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.