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April 18, 2009

Tough Day on the Water for PLU Rowers


LAKE STEVENS, Wash. - It was a tough day on the water for the Pacific Lutheran rowers as they finished sixth out of seven teams in the women's division at the NCRC Championships held Saturday on Lake Stevens.

NCAA Division II power Western Washington won the women's event with 136 points, followed by Puget Sound and Willamette with 68 apiece, Humbold State with 59, Seattle Pacific 38, PLU 33 and Lewis & Clark 20. PLU didn't earn any varsity team points in the men's division, and as a result the Lutes finished last in the combined team score category. Western also won that with 186 points, followed by Puget Sound with 152, Willamette 91, Humboldt State 75, Lewis & Clark 70, Seattle Pacific 50 and PLU 37.

Amber Iverson and Kat Jenkins had hoped to successfully defend their women's pair title but they finished second to Lewis & Clark. The Pioneers duo won in a time of 8:38.08 to PLU's 8:47.71. That second place performance in that race was the best the Lutes could muster throughout the course of the day. PLU finished second to Puget Sound in the men's novice eight with a time of 7:45.59, but that was a two-boat race. The women's varsity lightweight four had a solid effort, placing third with a time of 8:37.59.

PLU earned fourth place performances in the following events: women's second varsity eight, women's second novice four and men's pair.

The Lutes row against Puget Sound in the annual Meyer Lamberth Cup next Saturday on American Lake, and then conclude their season during the first weekend in May with the WIRA Championships on Lake Natoma near Sacramento, Calif.

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