WWU raced in the prestigious 33rd Windermere Cup on Saturday in Seattle. PHOTO: WWU Athletics
Vikings Help Open Boating Season at 33rd
May 5, 2019
SEATTLE, Wash. – The Western Washington University women’s rowing program competed in one of the most prestigious collegiate rowing regattas on Saturday, with three crews racing in the 33rd Windermere Cup.
Racing from Lake Washington and through the Montlake Cut, the Vikings finished 4th in each of their races matching up against top collegiate competition at the Division I, II and III levels. The annual spring rowing event is held in conjunction with the Seattle Yacht Club's Opening Day parade, which marks the beginning of boating season in the Northwest.
The Varsity 8+ raced in the Erickson Cascade Cup, finishing in 4th place covering the 2,000-meter course in 6:53.053. The University of Washington third varsity eight entry won the four-boat race in 6:39.835, followed by the UCLA second varsity eight (6:43.775) and Seattle Pacific (6:50.161). WWU charged hard over the final 500 meters looking to catch SPU, but couldn’t make up enough ground against its Division II competitors.
WWU’s Varsity 4+ opened the racing schedule for the Vikings at the Windermere Cup, matching up against a pair of entries from top-ranked UW and UCLA. Western placed 4th finishing in 7:50.231, with the Huskies B entry winning in 7:08.121.
The Vikings second varsity eight raced against UW’s novice squad, the UCLA 3V8+ and the Puget Sound varsity eight. WWU finished 4th in 7:18.048.
Ranked No. 4 in the NCAA Division II Coaches Poll, Western completes the 2019 regular season next weekend racing against the Stanford Lightweights and top-ranked Central Oklahoma in Redwood City, California.
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