Men's crew defends titles, women remain a top program in NWC

Men's crew defends titles, women remain a top program in NWC

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound men brought home a couple of cups and the women repeated as the No. 2 team in the Northwest Conference during the 2019 rowing season.

The Logger men and women opened the season by dominating the Puget Sound Invitational (March 16). The Puget Sound women's varsity-eight won two races, and the men's varsity-eight was also victorious during the Logger Invitational on American Lake Saturday morning. The MV8 crossed the finish line in 6:47.5, nearly three seconds ahead of Lewis & Clark and 17 seconds ahead of Pacific Lutheran. The WV8 beat Pacific and Lewis & Clark in separate duals. Against the Boxers, the Loggers timed in at 7:14.5, more than one minute ahead of Pacific. The second time around, Loggers improved their time by one second against Lewis & Clark, beating the Pioneers by 45 seconds. The Puget Sound men's and women's novice fours also came away with victories. The MN4 (7:25.5) beat both Pacific Lutheran and Lewis & Clark, while the WN4 (9:06.3) bested Lewis & Clark.

Two weeks later, the WV8 was named the NWC Crew of the Week following the Husky Open (March 30). Racing against boats from NCAA D-I schools in the Husky Open (March 30), Puget Sound crossed the finish line in 6:57.246. 

The Logger men successfully defended the Meyer Cup during the head-to-head regatta against Pacific Lutheran (April 7). The Puget Sound MV8 beat Pacific Lutheran by more than four seconds, timing in at 6:34.60. The MV4 was victorious by nearly five seconds, as it crossed the finish line in 7:17.90.

Another two weeks later, the men defended another title when they claimed the Rainier Cup once more (April 20). The Loggers' MV8 crossed the finish line in 6:31.1, one second ahead of Lewis & Clark and eight seconds ahead of Pacific Lutheran. The MN4 finished with a time of 7:32.6, which was eight seconds behind the first-place Lutes. That same day, the Logger women finished second during the NWC Championships for the third consecutive year. Puget Sound's WV8 (7:04.6) and W2V8 (7:21.1) both placed second to PLU.

The Logger women traveled to Sacramento, California for the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships, where the WV8 claimed second place in the petite final with a time of 7:01.932. The W2V8 qualified for the grand final, where it placed sixth with a time of 7:14.032.

Both Alyssa Bebout and Katie Snodgrass represented Puget Sound on the 2019 All-Northwest Conference Team (click HERE). Ben Sovocool was featured during the annual NCAA D-III Week (click HERE).