Crew kicks off WIRA Championships

Crew kicks off WIRA Championships

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—Puget Sound Crew kicked off the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championship regatta Saturday with more strong varsity eight showings on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

The women's varsity eight boat remained undefeated in Division III competition after placing second in the Division II, III, and Club division. They finished the course in 7:08.40, faster than all boats except one from Western Washington, a Division II squad.

The men's varsity eight also saw a strong time, finishing the race in 6:11.40. Only UCLA and UC Irvine rowed faster than the Loggers' MV8+ boat.  

In the men's varsity four race, the Loggers finished seventh in 7:24.90.

Puget Sound tallied two wins on the day with the men's varsity four third boat finishing with a time of 7:33.50 and the men's lightweight varsity four petite crew navigating the course in 7:42.10.

The men's lightweight varsity and women's novice four crews both took fourth in their respective races. The men's lightweight boat tallied a time of 7:19.50 while the women's novice crew finished in 8:45.0. Also finishing fourth was the women's novice petite four, taking 9:11.20 to cross the finish line.

The men's 2-man boat took fifth at 8:37 while the 2-man third boat finished in 9:45.90.  

Puget Sound crew will wrap up the WIRA Championships Sunday, April 27, again on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova.