Ramstead

LAKE STEVENS, Wash. -- Winning five of seven races, including a triumph in the featured Varsity 8, No. 1 Western Washington was back on top of the podium at the 13th annual Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Championships held Saturday on Lake Stevens.

The Vikings triumphed at the NCRC meet for the eighth time in nine years, after having a seven-year winning streak snapped by Humboldt State last spring.

WWU won with 94 points, 15 more than Humboldt State (79), the defending national champion. Puget Sound was third in the seven-team field with 45 points.

"Our kids did great," WWU coach John Fuchs said. "It was a great way to finish off the regular season. They were just on it."

The Vikings easily captured the Varsity 8 event, covering the 2,000-meter course in 6:47.10 -- two boat lengths ahead of Puget Sound (6:57.60). Humboldt State came in third (7:02.90).

It was the sixth win in eight tries this season for WWU's top boat, its only losses being to Division I Portland. In that shell was coxswain Maeghan Callegari, stroke Stephanie Bluhm, No. 7 Olivia Rowland, No. 6 Lauren Ramstead, No. 5 Olivia Gangmark-Strickland, No. 4 Maddy Hillier, No. 3 Regan Wessman, No. 2 Claire Marine and bow Christine Henie.

WWU's B boat won the junior Varsity 8 run in 7:02.60, one half-boat length ahead of Humboldt State (7:05.90). WWU's A entry was third in 7:13.90.

The Vikings also took the second Varsity 8 (7:40.70), Novice 4 (8:03.50) and Lightweight 4 (7:58.10) races.

WWU was second in the Varsity 4 (7:42.40) and third in the pair without cox (8:31.10). Humboldt State won both of those races as well as the Novice 8, in which the Vikings did not compete.