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Men Rowers Place Fifth at NCRC Championships

Men Rowers Place Fifth at NCRC Championships

LOWELL, Ore. - Pacific Lutheran finished fifth in the men's standings at the 12th Annual Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Championships held Saturday at Dexter Lake.

Western Washington won the men's team title with 78 points, followed by Lewis & Clark wtih 50, Humboldt State 46, Seattle Pacific 30, PLU 25, Puget Sound 18 and Willamette 14.

Humboldt State and Western Washington tied atop the women's standings with 102 points, but in a tiebreaker that goes to the head-to-head winner in women's varsity 8+ competition it was Humboldt State that came away with the conference title. Puget Sound scored 38 points for third place, followed by Lewis & Clark wtih 26, Willamette 24, Seattle Pacific 22 and PLU 13.

It was a generally difficult day on the water for the Lutes whose best performance came in the men's varsity lightweight 4+ where they placed second in a very close race. Western Washington won the race in 7:36.39, nipping PLU's 7:38.35. Humboldt State finished third, .10 back of PLU, with Puget Sound fourth in 7:56.22. Member of the PLU boat were coxswain Drew Jonson, stroke Bryan Pascoe, third seat Stephen Strom, second seat Kyle Schroeder and bow Henry Tolstedt.

Pacific Lutheran was fourth in the men's novice 4+, sixth in the seven-team women's varsity 4+ and fifth in the six-boat women's novice 4+.

"The men and women rowed clean and together on Saturday, exactly where we need to be." PLU head coach Thomas Schlenker said. "After the volume of training at full-pressure, race-pace we did the past two weeks, especially the three days leading up to the trip, our legs were just a little too tired to pull our target times."

The Lutes close out their season next weekend at the WIRA Championships at Lake Natoma near Sacramento, Calif.

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