LAKEWOOD, Wash.—Puget Sound Crew competed in its biggest race of the regular season Saturday, retaining both the Meyer and the Lamberth Cups in the 51st running of the Meyer/Lamberth Cup races on American Lake in Lakewood, Wash.
The women's varsity 8 squad won the Lamberth Cup Saturday morning, finishing the 2000 meter course in 7:47.1, 12 seconds ahead of Pacific Lutheran. The Loggers grabbed a lead in the first 500 meters and extended it to several boat lengths in the final half of the race.
In the Meyer Cup, Puget Sound's men's varsity 4+ crew also prevailed over the Pacific Lutheran rivals, winning by 10 seconds exactly with a mark of 7:32.6. The Loggers gained a slight lead over the Lutes' 4+ boat and then turned it on in the final half of the race, also extending their lead through the final 1000 meters. Puget Sound's lightweight 4+ boat also ran in the Meyer Cup, finishing in 8:00.1
Puget Sound's women's JV 8 also tallied a victory in the Meyer/Lamberth Cup races Saturday, beating Pacific Lutheran by over half a minute. The Loggers took a lead just after the start of the race and never looked back, growing their lead all throughout the race. They finished with a time of 8:17.2 despite blustery conditions.
In the final race of the event, Puget Sound's men's novice 4 finished second to Pacific Lutheran, completing the course in 8:35.7.
"Having such a rich historic rivalry with PLU is perhaps our greatest strength as a program," said Puget Sound Crew head coach Aaron Benson. "Everyone who has ever rowed for either team knows what it means to secure both the Meyer and Lamberth Cups. We were privileged to earn both of these victories today, and now we will work toward our West Coast and conference championship regatta in the next few weeks."
Puget Sound Crew will next compete at the WIRA Championships on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif. That regatta will run from Saturday, April 26 to Sunday, April 27.