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FOREST GROVE, Ore. - The Pacific Lutheran University women's rowing team had a dominating day on the water on Saturday at the Hagg Lake Invitational, finishing the day undefeated in the Lutes' first regatta against Northwest Conference competition.
"We're pretty fired up about the results in our first glimpse of two very competitive Northwest Conference teams," said Head Coach Andy Foltz. "Taking seven out of seven wins on the day is really exciting. Every single person on the squad got a win which was a huge goal of ours."
The Lutes' nationally-ranked varsity eight opened the day by breezing past host Pacific University, crossing the finish in seven minutes, 9.05 seconds, holding a 65-second gap on the Boxers. The eighth-ranked 1V8+ continued to dominate later in the day, finishing in 6:44.33 in a nine-second win over Lewis & Clark College.
"The 1V came in with an incredible time this early in the season and were pretty stoked about that time but also the margin they were able to place on Lewis & Clark. That second race is a tough race; you only have about an hour between races, so it's about recovery and fitness and what you've done through the winter. It's a good check point for the team."
The 2V8+ bested Lewis & Clark and the University of Oregon club team in its first race, finishing in 7:19.09 before downing Lewis & Clark again later in the day, taking the race in 7:32.84. Also placing first was the 3V8+, crossing the line in 8:04.1.
PLU's novice four edged Oregon and Lewis & Clark, stopping the clock in 8:03.01 while the second novice four won their race in 8:49.67.
"I'm very proud of the novice fours getting their win and the third varsity eight getting their win. The second novice four put together a really good race from start to finish and had a huge margin even at the halfway point. The first novice four was down at the midway point and kept racing hard, doing what we taught them to do and fortunes were right on our side and they were able to pull out the win."
The Lutes return to action on April 1, competing at the Husky Open in Seattle.