INDIANAPOLIS – The Puget Sound women's varsity 8+ boat took part in its 12th consecutive NCAA Championship Regatta Friday, competing in two heats of the Division III competition held at Indianapolis Rowing Center at Eagle Creek Park.
The Logger crew opened the day in heat one of the Division III V8+ competition. The Loggers finished fourth in the morning session, completing the 2,000 meter course in 7:15.351. Bates won the heat and Wellesley finished second, both earning berths in the regatta's grand final. Wesleyan, finishing third, and the Loggers were sent to the afternoon's repechage heat to fill the remaining spots in the championship heat.
During the afternoon race at Eagle Creek Park, the Loggers rowed a good race. The Puget Sound crew was first out of the blocks and ran neck-and-neck for the lead with both Wesleyan and Washington over the first 500 meters. They remained even with the other boats through the halfway mark of the race but fell to fourth over the third 500-meter section. A spring in the final quarter of the course nearly earned the Loggers third place as they crossed the line only half a second behind William Smith with a time of 7:05.298. Washington and Wesleyan finished first and second respectively in the race, earning a spot in the grand final.
"We raced hard and we rowed well," said Aaron Benson, Puget Sound's head rowing coach. "The entire championship field is very competitive this year, so we're facing some high-caliber crews. The squad is proud to have been in the mix with fast opponents, and we're looking forward to another dogfight in the petite final tomorrow."
Listed below is the Loggers' lineup for both races:
Coxswain: Lilie Gross
1st Seat: Leah Shamlian
2nd Seat: Dina Mustakim
3rd Seat: Chelsea Cloud
4th Seat: Kenzie Marshall
5th Seat: Marites Exumé
6th Seat: Carly Schirmbeck
7th Seat: Carly Fox
8th Seat: Alexia Ingerson
Puget Sound and William Smith's V8+ boats will row against each other in the petit final Saturday, May 31, again at Eagle Creek Park. That race will begin at 11:10 a.m. Eastern time (8:10 a.m. Pacific).