After Two Friday Races, Loggers Set To Row In Petite Final Tomorrow
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - The Puget Sound women's rowing team completed two races on Friday at the NCAA Division Championships in West Wondsor, N.J. After coming in fourth in both races, the Loggers will be competing against Coast Guard in tomorrow's petite final.
"It is an amazing experience to come here and be a part of this level of racing," said head coach Marsa Daniel. "We have a young boat and they are learning a great deal. The amount they have learned in the past 24 hours is probably more than they learned in four weeks of the regular season."
The Loggers placed fourth in the varsity eight's repichage on Friday afternoon. The heat featured what will surely go down as one of the best races of the weekend. Three boats were seperated by just .19 seconds as they battled for the final two spots in the grand final. Unfortunately, the Loggers were behind the pack of three as they completed the 2,000-meter race in 7:24.61.
In the morning race, the Loggers placed fourth in their heat and eighth overall in the first round of races. Williams, the top-seeded boat in the regatta, won the Loggers heat with a 6:55.89. Over the first 500 meters, the four boats in the heat remained neck and neck until Williams eventually pulled away and the field seperated. Wellesley was second in the heat and Coacst Guard was third.
The field is now set for tomorrow's finals with Williams, Bates, Wellesley, William Smith, Trinity and Marietta set to compete in the grand finals with the Loggers pinned against Coast Guard in the petite final. The Loggers will row at 8:35 a.m. (PT) in their final race of the season.