Written by Student Assistant Sarah Cornell-Maier
TACOMA, Wash. – After a long and rigorous week of training, the Pacific Lutheran University women's rowing team is sending a boat up to Seattle to compete in the Husky Open on Saturday.
The third varsity 8+ boat for the Lutes will be competing against boats from Division II Seattle Pacific University along with Division I institutions Seattle University and the University of Portland.
The Lutes have been training intensely over Spring Break, with practices twice a day. The rowers were out in the morning every day, despite having to deal with some conditions that were less than ideal, including high levels of rain and wind.
"We're really excited to see the 3V8 have their own day, and be able to grow and get better because of it," said Head Coach Andy Foltz. "It will be a really good chance for them to be able to manage being tired from the week and show how hard they can go when they're tired."
The boats will be rowing through the Montlake Cut, which is also the site of the Windermere Cup, in which the Lutes will also be participating in later this year.
"We really try to get every rower and coxswain to go down this race course, because it is such an iconic venue," said Foltz. "Having them all be able to understand the importance and history of the course is something we really enjoy."
The Lutes have been off to a great start this season, sweeping the competition at the Hagg Lake Invitational down in Forest Grove, Oregon two weekends ago. The varsity 8+ boat has also been named the Northwest Conference Crew of the Week twice already this season, as well as being ranked eighth in the nation.
"This experience puts the emphasis on the whole team, and supporting the whole team. The 1V and 2V boats are going to be there supporting the women racing, and then we'll have a fun team activity up in Seattle to cap off Spring Break."
The Lutes will be racing at 10:05 a.m. with the varsity and second varsity 8+ boats cheering them on from the sides of the Cut.