Written by Student Assistant Sarah Cornell-Maier
TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University women's rowing team is heading into its final race weekend before the NCAA Division III Championships, heading up to Seattle to take part in Opening Day through the Montlake Cut.
The Lutes are coming off of a powerful showing at the Northwest Conference Championships, winning the title for the third year in a row, solidifying its domination on the water.
The Lutes are taking two boats up to Seattle, with both the 1V8+ and the 2V8+ competing in races to showcase the strength of the Lutes against strong opponents from Division I and Division II.
Opening Day is hosted by Division I powerhouse and defending national champion University of Washington, and the Lutes are looking to take on some of these opponents before their anticipated trip to the NCAA regatta.
First year Grace Bingay will be competing for the first time on the Montlake Cut, and she has high expectations for the weekend.
"The energy on the team this week has been so high and everyone is so excited to race through the Cut," said Bingay. "There has been so much talk about how amazing this race is and it feels like such an honor to have the opportunity to race teams of such a high caliber, like UW."
The Lutes are looking to put on a strong performance on the water, with the NCAA championships looming in front of them.
"We have been putting in the work these last few weeks and I'm looking forward to seeing what the Lutes can do on Saturday," said Bingay.
Racing for the Lutes begins at 10:54 a.m. with the 2V8+ racing in the women's collegiate open race. PLU will race against 2V's from Seattle Pacific University and Seattle University along with the second novice team from host Washington. The Lutes 1V will participate in the Cascade Cup at 11:10 a.m., facing off against the 1V of defending Division II National Champion Western Washington University and the top novice boat from the host Huskies.