LOWELL, Ore.—Puget Sound men's crew capped off its season with a Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference championship Saturday, winning the overall team title on Dexter Lake in Lowell, Ore. The women's crew also capped off its regular season at the NCRC regatta by taking second place, also its highest finish in a few years.
The men's team captured first place thanks to two race victories, capped off by a win in the varsity 8+ race. Puget Sound breezed to a win in the race, finishing five seconds ahead of Western Washington at 6:10.50.
The men's varsity 4+ boat finished in second place after a tight race with Division II crew Western Washington. Puget Sound's crew finished the race in 7:17.33, just two seconds after the Vikings' rowers.
The Loggers picked up two wins in the JV 4+ boat and the men's varsity lightweight 4+ boat. The JV 4+ boat won that race with a mark of 7:28.15. They beat Western Washington by over 10 seconds in that race. The lightweight boat won with a 2.20 second advantage over a crew from Seattle Pacific.
In the novice fours, Puget Sound took third, just over a second and a half outside of second place. Western Washington won that race.
In the men's collegiate 2- race, Puget Sound finished second and fourth with the Loggers' A boat finishing in 8:35.31 and the B squad completing the course in 9:09.38.
Etan Bard earned All-Conference honors after his performance in the regatta Saturday, and Logger assistant coach Allison Foster won the men's Coach of the Year award thanks to the men's crew's performance.
On the women's side, Puget Sound finished second, and the Loggers' women's varsity 8+ also finished second to Humboldt State of Division II. The Loggers finished in 7:03.56, five seconds ahead of third-place. With the second-place finish, Puget Sound's WV8 boat finished the 2014 regular season undefeated in Division III competition.
Puget Sound's women's JV8+ squad took second with a time of 7:26.02, ahead of D2 Humboldt State. The Loggers' JV4+ boat also finished second, completing the course in 8:48.58.
Puget Sound took wins in the women's novice 4+ races, however. The collegiate novice 4+ boat beat all comers by over four seconds at 8:17.35. The Loggers' second novice four boat took first by nearly nine seconds, prevailing with a mark of 8:33.60.
The women's varsity 4+ boat finished second after Humbodlt State with a mark of 9:20.79, beating out three ofter Division III crews.
Alexia Ingerson earned All-Conference honors for her role in the Loggers' strong day on the water Saturday.
"Overall it was a good day for Puget Sound Crew," said Puget Sound head coach Aron Benson. "We came out and did what we thought we were capable of doing. Seeing the victories in the novice races was promising as well."
Thanks to remaining undefeated in Division III competition, the Loggers' women's varsity eight boat is anticipating a to the NCAA Championships May 30th and 31st in Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind.