SEATTLE, Wash. – The Western Washington University women’s rowing team placed second, third and fourth in events at the 28th Annual Windermere Cup races Saturday on Lake Washington.
The races are held as part of the celebration of Seattle’s Opening Day of Boating Season. More than 800 rowers compete in the prestigious event.
“The call it a spectacle and that’s basically what it is down there,” said WWU coach John Fuchs (16th year). “Overall, it was a pretty good for us. The kids are improving. We didn’t win anything, but I thought we had some pretty good racing for sure.”
WWU’s varsity eight competed in the Erickson Cascade Cup against host University of Washington. The Huskies’ second eight was clocked in a winning time of 6:45.4 with the Vikings second in 7:05.7.
“That was a really good crew they were going against,” Fuchs said. “It was a long shot for us to win that event, and we knew it, but we wanted to put together a good performance and I think they were pretty happy with it.”
WWU’s second eight was in the four-boat College Open 8 race. Seattle U. won in 7:20.3, less than two seconds ahead of a Washington entry (7:22.6). Another Washington boat was third, followed by the Vikings in 7:50.6.
In the varsity four race, WWU’s B boat was third in 8:19.3. Two Washington shells placed one-two with times of 7:36.9 and 7:40.9, respectively, and Seattle U. was fourth (8:58.6). The Vikings’ A shell was unable to make it to the starting line.
“It was a great experience, something they’ll never forget,” said Fuchs in summation.
WWU, ranked No.2 in the latest Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing NCAA Division II national poll, takes a week off from competition before traveling to Edmund, Okla. to face host Central Oklahoma and Seattle Pacific on May 17.
2014 Windemere Cup Results – Montlake Cut, Seattle, Wash.
V8 Erickson Cascade Cup – 1. Washington 6:45.4, 2. Western Washington 7:05.7
2V8 – College Open 8 – 1. Seattle U. 7:20.3, 2. Washington-A 7:22.6, 3. Washington-B NT, 4. Western Washington 7:50.6
V4 – 1. Washington-A 7:36.9, 2. Washington-B 7:40.9, 3. Western Washington-B 8:19.3, 4. Seattle U. 8:58.6