TACOMA, Washington – Backed by a new training facility and a focus on creating strong team culture, Puget Sound men's and women's crew competed well against all levels of competition during the 2017 season.
Corresponding with the opening of the Athletics & Aquatics Center at the start of the 2016-17 academic year, Puget Sound crew began training in a new erg room in Memorial Fieldhouse. The result? The Logger men won the Meyer Cup against Pacific Lutheran for the fifth consecutive year, and several women's boats – most of which were occupied by underclassmen – had plenty of success.
"Overall, it was a very fun season for Logger Crew," said Puget Sound head coach Aaron Benson. "Our boats with freshmen and sophomore student-athletes had a very successful season, and that makes us even more excited for next year."
In addition to claiming the Meyer Cup, the men's novice-four won its race in the Covered Bridge Regatta (April 15), by timing in at 8:09.760. That same Logger boat reached the finals of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships (April 30), and placed fourth by finishing in 6:47.671.
The Puget Sound women swept all races during the Logger Invitational (April 8), and the Loggers won every race but one (WV8) during the Northwest Conference Championships (April 23).
The second varsity-eight, which was comprised of freshmen and sophomores, placed fourth in the WIRA Championships by finishing in 6:51.90. That same Logger boat was also victorious in the NWC Championships (7:22.44).
The women's varsity-four and novice-four were both undefeated in conference competition.
Following the NWC Championships, in which the Puget Sound women placed second, seniors Marites Exume and Hannah Lehman were both named to the All-NWC Team.
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