Crew kicks off season at wet and windy Daffodil Sprints

Crew kicks off season at wet and windy Daffodil Sprints

LAKEWOOD, Wash.—Puget Sound crew raced in its first regatta of the 2014 season Saturday, braving driving rain, a strong headwind, and choppy waters on its home course of American Lake. Despite the conditions, the Loggers wrangled a few victories, including one in the women's varsity eight race. 

The Loggers' WV8 crew won the Division III and Club race of the Daffodil Sprints, finishing with a time of 8:44.9, 12 seconds ahead of its nearest competitor. The Puget Sound MV8 boat placed second in its race, finishing at 6:57.3, less than five seconds behind Washington State.

In the JV8 races, Puget Sound finished third and second, respectively, with the women placing third with a mark of 8:49.2. The men once again finish second to Washington State, but this time only two seconds behind the Cougars' boat. 

Puget Sound tallied another victory in the women's novice fours Saturday, as the Loggers' boat finished that race in 9:00.2. The men's novice fours captured third, completing the distance in 8:29.5.

"Our crews performed admirably across all events today," said Puget Sound head coach Aaron Benson. "Conditions on the lake were certainly challenging, but the athletes felt like they were able to race well regardless. While it's a shame the weather prevented us from doing a second round of races, we are happy with how we stacked up against our conference opponents. It's still very early in the season, and every team is sure to get faster over the next month. We've got plenty of hard work ahead of us to prepare for the races still to come." 

The wet and windy weather on American Lake actually cancelled the second round of races originally scheduled to be run. The completed first round was separated by class and divisions (Division I and II racing in one heat and Division III and Club teams racing in the other), and the second round was to combine the winners from the first round.

Puget Sound crew will get back on the water Saturday, April 5, when they head to the Lewis & Clark Invitational on Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Wash.