All four WWU entries in grand finals at WIRA Regatta
April 28, 2012
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - All four Western Washington University entries will compete in grand finals Sunday at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championship Regatta being held at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma.
The Vikings' varsity eight and novice four both won qualifying heats Saturday, and the varsity four placed third. The junior varsity eight did not have a qualifying heat.
"I thought it went pretty well today," said WWU coach John Fuchs. "The goal in the heats is to get to the grand final, and we did that in all of them. I'm looking forward to some fast racing tomorrow."
The varsity eight won by six seconds over runner-up UC Santa Barbara, and the novice four beat second-place Saint Mary's by 10 seconds.
The varsity four was third behind Humboldt State and Willamette.
Last year, the Vikings had the best performance in school history at the WIRA Regatta, winning grand finals in all four races. They did not compete in the meet in 2010 after taking gold in the varsity eight and varsity four grand finals in 2009.
Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta - Heat Results
V4 - Heat 1 - 1. UC Irvine 8:05.7, 2. Seattle 8:20.4, 3. Orange Coast 8:20.0, 4. Seattle Pacific 8:32.1, 5. Sonoma State 8:41.6, 6. U.Pacific 9:23.6
V4 - Heat 2 - Humboldt State 7:56.0, 2. Willamette 7:58.8, 3. Western Washington 8:08.9, 4. UC San Diego 8:24.9, 5. UC Santa Barbara 8:25.3
N4 - Heat 1 - Western Washington 8:01.5, 2. Saint Mary's 8:11.5, 3. Puget Sound 8:31.7, 4. San Diego State 8:40.3, 5. UC San Diego 8:40.3, 6. Long Beach State 9:18.2, 7. Mills 9:47.9
N4 - Heat 2 - 1. UC San Diego 7:49.2, 2. Willamette 7:57.2, 3. Sacramento State 8:26.9, 4. Humboldt State 8:29.1, 5. Seattle 8:42.3, 6. Cal Berkeley 8:43.9, 7. Chapman 9:11.0
V8 - Heat 1 - 1. Humboldt State 6:52.5, 2. Seattle Pacific 7:09.2., 3. Puget Sound 7:13.3, 4. Orange Coast 7:17.3, 5. Pacific Lutheran 7:20.6
V8 - Heat 2 - 1. Western Washington 6:54.0, 2. UC Santa Barbara 7:00.0, 3. UC San Diego 7:10.5, 4. Lewis & Clark 7:15.6, 5. Mills 7:16.1, 6. Long Beach State 7:26.7
V8 - Coxswain Alix Crilly (Sr., Wenatchee), stroke Jean Piette (Sr., Vancouver/Columbia River), No.7 Stephanie Bluhm (Jr., Auburn/Mountain View), No.6 Katie Woolsey (Sr., North Bend/Mount Si), No. 5 Megan Northey (Sr., Brier/King's), No.4 Kelsey Baker (Sr., Gig Harbor), No.3 Carson MacPherson-Krutsky (Sr., Seattle/Garfield), No.2 Alyssa Dewey (Sr., Bend/Mountain View), bow Kate Berni (Sr., Silverdale/Central Kitsap)
JV8 - Coxswain Emma Heil (Jr., Sammamish/Eastlake), stroke Christine Henie (So., Chugiak, AK), No.7 Olivia Rowland (So., Seattle/Holy Names), No.6 Regan Wessman (So., Kirkland/Lake Washington), No.5 Claire Marine (So., Enumclaw), No.4 Cozette Still (So., Lake Forest Park/Blanchet), No.3 Maddy Hillier (Sr., Sedro-Woolley), No.4 No.2 Alyson Morris (So., Littlerock/Tumwater), bow Sarah Lundli (Jr., Shoreline/Shorewood)
V4 - Coxswain Maeghan Callegeri (Fr., Kirkland/Lake Washington), stroke Hannah Gallagher (Sr., Seattle/Garfield), No.3 Nolan Winger (Sr., Bremerton/Central Kitsap), No.2 Jordan Uecker (Sr., Bellingham/Sehome), bow Lauren Fleming (Sr., Bainbridge Island)
N4 - Coxswain Kate Nelson (Fr., Moscow, ID), stroke Audra Massey (So., Albuquerque, NM), No.3 Angela Gelfer (So., Sammamish), No.2 Annaliese Koleber (Jr., Centralia), bow Sara Crowell (Fr., Bainbridge Island/Bainbridge)
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