WWU Rowing Heads to Falcon Regatta in Seattle

April 12, 2018

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Western Washington University rowing team returns to action this Saturday facing off against West Region foes Seattle Pacific and Central Oklahoma in the Falcon Regatta on the Lake Washington Ship Canal.
The Vikings are currently ranked No. 3 in the West Region and No. 5 in the national polls. WWU will be matching up against Central Oklahoma, the runner-up to the Vikings in the 2017 NCAA II Championships, and the Falcons.
The regatta is scheduled to start at 8 am on the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle, with the open fours, followed by the fours at 8:20 am and then the featured eights at 8:40 am. This will be the season debut for WWU’s four-oared boats.
“The crews are really looking forward to racing,” said 20th-year head coach John Fuchs.
Including this weekend’s race, Western has four races left in the 2018 season, with the WIRA Championships in two weeks in Gold River, California on Lake Natoma on April 28-29.
“The next few weeks are very important for developing speed and consistency,” added Fuchs.
The highly competitive West Region features five of the top eight teams in the national coaches poll, including No. 1 Central Oklahoma, No. 4 UC San Diego, No. 5 WWU, No. 6 Humboldt State and No. 7 Seattle Pacific.
“The West Region is stacked this year and we know everyone is going to be at the top of their game late in the season,” commented Fuchs.

THE FALCON REGATTA
WWU will be competing in the inaugural Falcon Regatta this Saturday on the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle, with Seattle Pacific University serving as the host of the three-team regatta. The regatta will feature the Vikings, the 2017 national champions, Central Oklahoma and host Seattle Pacific. Competition begins at 8 am with the race for open fours, followed by the varsity fours at 8:20 am and  varsity eights at 8:40 am.

THE SHIP CANAL COURSE
The starting line for the Falcon Regatta is approximately 1,000 meters east of the Fremont Bridge, almost even with Gas Works Park. The 2,000-meter course runs from east to west, through the Lake Washington Ship Canal that runs parallel to the SPU campus, on the north side. The finish line is behind Brougham Pavilion and a spectator area will be set up there with food and beverages along with a public address announcer providing updates on races in progress.

WHERE TO WATCH
A good view of the course is available along either side of the Ship Canal near the Seattle Pacific campus. The south bank features a good spectating spot along with access to the hospitality area near the finish line, which is close to SPU’s Royal Brougham Pavilion. A nice aerial vantage point to watch the early part of the races is from the east side of the Fremont Bridge, while the bridge’s west side provides a view of the final 1,000 meters.

WEBCAST
The three races in the Falcon Regatta are scheduled to stream live online (weather permitting) via Seattle Pacific’s YouTube channel.

THE RACE SCHEDULE
The race schedule and lane draw for the Falcon Regatta is the following. Results from the races will be posted as soon as available to WWU’s twitter page and WWUVikings.com:

Race

Time

Lane 1

Lane 2

Lane 3

Open 4+

8:00 am

WWU

UCO

SPU

V4+

8:20 am

UCO

SPU

WWU

V8+

8:40 am

SPU

UCO

WWU

VIKINGS FLEET
Here is a look at WWU’s projected boat lineups for the three races this Saturday at the Falcon Regatta (subject to change):

Varsity 8

Cox - Jonah Bettger (So./Brush Prairie, WA/Prairie)

Stroke - Chloe Burns (Sr./Kirkland, WA/Lake Washington)

7 - Carly Lant (So./Bainbridge Island, WA/Bainbridge)

6 - Claire Whiting (Sr./Maple Valley, WA/Tahoma)

5 - Maddie Bangasser (Fr./Sammamish, WA/Eastlake)

4 - Ashley Yandt (Jr./Lake Tapps, WA/Bonney Lake)

3 - Maddie Merritt (Parker, CO/Ponderosa)

2 - Trisha Patterson (Sr./Camas, WA/Camas)

Bow - Jessica Smithlin (Fr./Orting, WA/Orting)

Varsity 4

Cox - Adele Houston (So./Seattle, WA/Nathan Hale)

Stroke - Angie Dexter (So./Anchorage, AK/West Anchorage)

3 - Kasey Mallon-Andrews (Sr./Issaquah, WA/Issaquah)

2 - Megan Reid (Sr./Sitka, AK/Sitka)

Bow - Michaela Bonenberger (So./Fort Collins, CO/Fossil Ridge)

Open 4

Cox - Corina Chon (So./Bellingham, WA/Sehome)

Stroke - Anneka Bostrom (Fr./Arlington, WA/Lakewood)

3 - Kristen Thomas (Jr./Boulder, CO/Boulder)

2 - Hannah Haupt (Jr./Sun Valley, ID/Wood River)

Bow - Rachael Schick (Fr./Anchorage, AK/East Anchorage)

NATIONAL POLL
The Vikings are ranked No. 5 nationally in the April 11 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) poll conducted by USRowing and presented by Pocock Racing Shells. WWU was ranked No. 1 in the first poll of the season and No. 4 in last week’s poll. The NCAA Division II West Region features five of the top 8 teams in the rankings, including top-ranked Central Oklahoma and No. 7 Seattle Pacific that will race head-to-head against the Vikings this weekend in Seattle. The Vikings ended the 2017 season ranked No. 1 in the nation after winning the program’s eighth national championship, marking the 10th time the program has finished a season atop the polls.

CRCA/USRowing NCAA II National Poll (4/11)

Rank

Team (First Place Votes)

Votes

1.

Central Oklahoma (4)

187

2.

Florida Tech (1)

156

3.

Barry

147

4.

UC San Diego

128

5.

Western Washington

102

6.

Humboldt State

90

7.

Seattle Pacific

44

8.

Mercyhurst

17

Also Receiving Votes: Nova Southeastern (15), Jefferson (12), Franklin Pierce (2)

REGIONAL RANKINGS
WWU was listed No. 3 in the first NCAA regional rankings that were released on April 3, with the eights tied for 2nd and the fours (which have not raced this season yet) listed 5th. There will be two more regional polls released on April 17 and May 1, with the regional rankings deciding the teams that will make up the NCAA Championships field. The top regionally ranked team from the East, South and West regions will automatically qualify an Eight and Four to the championships, with one at-large team selected. Two at-large eights will also be selected from any of the three regions. WWU has competed in the NCAA Championships in 16 of the last 17 seasons. Here is the West Region rankings as of April 3:

FOUR

EIGHT

TEAM

EAST

1

Mercyhurst

1

Mercyhurst

1

Mercyhurst

2

Franklin Pierce

2

Thomas Jefferson

2

Thomas Jefferson

3

Thomas Jefferson

 

 

 

 

SOUTH

1

Barry

1

Florida Tech

1

Florida Tech

2

Florida Tech

2

Barry

2

Barry

3

Nova Southeastern

3

Nova Southeastern

3

Nova Southeastern

4

Embry-Riddle (Florida)

4

Rollins

4

Rollins

5

Rollins

5

Embry-Riddle (Florida)

5

Embry-Riddle (Florida)

WEST

1

Central Oklahoma

1

Central Oklahoma

1

Central Oklahoma

2

Humboldt State

2

UC San Diego

2

UC San Diego

3

UC San Diego

2

Western Washington

3

Western Washington

4

Seattle Pacific

4

Seattle Pacific

4

Humboldt State

5

Western Washington

5

Humboldt State

5

Seattle Pacific

FOURS TO DEBUT THIS WEEKEND
Due to the Covered Bridge Regatta being cancelled last weekend, WWU has not had the chance to race any of its four-oared boats in competition this season. WWU will have an open four and varsity four entry in this weekend’s Falcon Regatta. The Vikings Varsity 4+ entry won the Division II national championship in 2017, helping lead the program to its eighth national championship edging Central Oklahoma 17-16 in team points.

THE 2018 SCHEDULE
WWU’s 2018 regular-season regatta schedule includes seven events that run from the season-opener on March 10 at the PLU Invitational to the prestigious Windermere Cup in Seattle on May 5. The annual WIRA Championships will be held April 28-29 on Lake Natoma in Gold River, California, which will match up the top Division II rowing programs in the West Region. WWU does not have a home regatta this season, but will race in Seattle three times, including the Falcon Regatta on April 14 featuring Seattle Pacific and Central Oklahoma. The NCAA Championships will be held May 25-27 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida. Here is a look at the Vikings 2018 regatta schedule:

2018 WWU ROWING SCHEDULE

March 10 (Sat.)

PLU Invitational (PLU, WWU, UPS)

Lakewood, WA (American Lake)

March 31 (Sat.)

Husky Open

Seattle, WA (Montlake Cut)

April 7 (Sat.)

Covered Bridge Regatta (CANCELLED)

Lowell, OR (Dexter Lake)

April 14 (Sat.)

Falcon Regatta (SPU, WWU, Central Oklahoma)

Seattle, WA (Lake Washington Ship Canal)

April 21 (Sat.)

Stanford Lightweights Dual

Redwood City, CA (Redwood Shores)

April 28-29 (Sat-Sun)

Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship

Gold River, CA (Lake Natoma)

May 5 (Sat.)

Windermere Cup

Seattle, WA (Montlake Cut)

May 25-27 (Fri-Sun)

NCAA National Championships

Sarasota, FL (Nathan Benderson Park)

ABOUT WWU ROWING
WWU Rowing is one of the elite collegiate rowing programs in the country, having won 8 NCAA Division II National Championships. The Vikings are the defending national champions after winning the 2017 NCAA II title and have competed in the NCAA Championships in 16 of the last 17 seasons. Western won an unprecedented 7 consecutive national championships from 2005-2011, and placed among the top three nationally each season from 2002 to 2014 with the Varsity 4+ and Varsity 8+ reaching the grand finals every time during this stretch.
COACH FUCHS
Head coach John Fuchs is in his 20th year leading the program and has guided the Vikings to 10 seasons as the No. 1 team in the nation. Fuchs has been the head coach for all 8 of WWU’s national championship performances and has coached 26 CRCA All-Americans.
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