V8, second V8 push Vikings to victory
Carlson named to the NCRC All-Star team
LAKE STEVENS, Wash. --- With its varsity eight and second varsity eight shells powering to impressive wins, Western Washington University captured a seventh consecutive women’s title at the 11th annual Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Championships.
The Vikings, ranked No. 1 nationally in this week’s Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) / NCAA Division II Poll, finished with 88 points in the seven-school field. They were 28 points ahead of second-place Humboldt State (60), with Seattle Pacific third (58) and Puget Sound fourth (52).
Western’s varsity eight led from start to finish, posting a winning time of 6:53.71 over the 2,000-meter course. Puget Sound (7:06.87) was three boat lengths behind as it edged out Seattle Pacific (7:07.81) for second.
Seated in the Vikings’ top shell were coxswain Samantha Oberholzer, stroke Casey Mapes, No. 7 Carson MacPherson-Krutsky, No. 6 Jean Piette, No. 5 Siri Carlson, No. 4 Megan Northey, No. 3 Stephanie Bluhm, No. 2 Katie Woolsey and bow Kate Berni.
Western won the second varsity eight race by nearly two boat lengths with a 7:20.20 clocking, seven seconds in front of runner-up Willamette.
In that boat for the Vikings were coxswain Alex Crilly, stroke Kelsey Baker, No. 7 Mariana Cains, No. 6 Marya Nash, No. 5 Nolan Winger, No. 4 Hannah Gallagher, No. 3 Miranda Steward, No. 2 Alyssa Dewey and bow Lauren Fleming.
“It was a beautiful day and we accomplished what we needed to do,” said Western coach John Fuchs. “We wanted to open up more of a gap with our main competition and we did that.”
Western also won the second varsity four race, and its junior varsity four. Rowing in the varsity four event lost by just 1.47 seconds to Seattle Pacific.
The Vikings were second in the pair without coxswain race, won by Humboldt State. Their novice eight finished fourth and novice four fifth.
Carlson, who rowed in the pair race and was the No. 5 seat in the victorious varsity eight, was named to the NCRC All-Star team.