VANCOUVER LAKE, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran women's rowing team are the 2016 Northwest Conference Championships taking first in both varsity races on Sunday at Vancouver Lake.
"We are really proud of this boat and this team," said the PLU seniors, Katie Bennett, Kari Brauer, Jessica Hunter, Courtney Lee, Clarissa Pendleton, Carly Lange, and Evan Schmidt. "All the hard work we have put in this season really showed out on the water today. After all the adversity we have faced this week, we could not be more proud to be members of this team and call this group of women our friends and fellow Lutes."
The No. 10 CRCA Lutes captured the championships after placing first in both varsity eight races. The morning started with the 2V8+ wining in a time of 7:20.89, nearly 10 seconds over second place Puget Sound.
The 1V8+ races was closer with the Lutes crossing a second faster than Lewis & Clark with a time of 7:09.50.
"From day one, we have had really high goals and expectations," said Andy Foltz, PLU head coach. "I am incredibly proud of each and every member of this team. They have worked incredibly hard in training and put it together on the water. This was a team effort and they all deserve the honors."
Foltz, who is in his second year leading the Lutes, was named Northwest Conference Coach of the Year. Senior Kari Brauer, Carly Lange, and freshman Hannah Peterson both earned All-Conference honors.
For complete race results, click here.
ON TAP FOR THE LUTES…
The women's rowing team continues their spring season next weekend at the WIRA races in Sacramento.