May 28, 2011

Loggers Take Third In Petite Finals at NCAA Championships

GOLD RIVER, Calif. – A strong start turned into a third-place finish in the petite finals of the NCAA Rowing Championships for the Loggers' varsity eight boat. 

The Loggers sprinted out to an early lead and had a slim lead after the first 1000 meters of the 2000 meters course. However, Trinity's V8 and Bates' 2V8 were trailing by less than a second and overtook the Loggers over the second half of the race.

The Loggers finished with a time of 7:12.38 while Trinity continued to pull away over the final 1000 meters for a time of 7:06.25 and first place in the petite final. 

"I'm proud of the way our student-athletes approached this championship – with focus and a great deal of heart," commented head coach Marsa Daniel. "We just experienced first hand what impressive speed the New York and New England Regions have, and we are committed to taking the necessary steps to elevate the west coast performance. It begins now."

The Loggers concluded their season in this afternoon's race. The Loggers' V8 bid to the championship regatta is the ninth consecutive time that the Loggers have appeared in the NCAA Championships.



Sam Friedman, Portland, Ore.

Sam Friedman is a varsity lightweight rower who values the emphasis that Logger Crew places on academic success. "One of the things I appreciate most about being a student athlete here at Puget Sound is that as competitive as we are, I have never once been made to feel like my schoolwork takes a back seat to my rowing. School has always come first, and my coaches are just as interested in my academic performance as they are in my athletic performance."