Bearcats to Open 2012-13 Rowing Season at Portland Fall Classic

Races will be on the Willamette River in Downtown Portland

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

PORTLAND, ORE. -- The Willamette University men's and women's rowing teams will begin the 2012-13 season on Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Portland Fall Classic. This is the sixth year of the regatta, which is sponsored by the Rose City Rowing Club and the Station L Rowing Club.

Willamette will compete in four races during the regatta. The Bearcats will row in the men's varsity 8+, as well as the women's varsity 8+, the women's novice 8+ and the women's varsity 4+. The regatta will get underway at 8:30 a.m. (PDT) with the men's varsity 8+. Willamette will participate in the women's varsity 8+ just a few minutes later, with a start time of 8:36 a.m.

A bit later in the morning, Willamette's crew in the women's varsity 4+ will be in action at 10:58 a.m., while the women's novice 8+ will launch at about 11:17 a.m. All of the races involving Willamette will be collegiate races with the exception of the women's novice 8+ which will be a collegiate/open race.

The Bearcats' crew in the men's varsity 8+ is scheduled to include coxswain Alexa Dunn, stroke Maxwell Mensinger, 7-seat Till Gwinn, 6-seat Forrest Betton, 5-seat Dillon Peck, 4-seat Cassie Hansen, 3-seat Herschel Mapes, 2-seat Elliot Capek and bow Connor Winnie.

Competing for the WU women's varsity 8+ will be coxswain Nicole Piechocki, along with stroke Jessie Lovell, 7-seat Kate Pfeiffer, 6-seat Anna Fredendall, 5-seat Emily Guimont, 4-seat Cassie Hansen, 3-seat Alison Claypool-Conrad, 2-seat Kira Egelhofer and bow Sarah Fish.

Head Coach Ryan Miller has listed Alexa Dunn as the coxswain for the women's novice 8+ crew. She will be guiding the efforts of Carly Burt at stroke, Kaitlyn Waidley at 7-seat, Jenn Lumish at 6-seat, Kristi Strobeck at 5-seat, Taylor Cooksy at 4-seat, Eden Edell at 3-seat, Kate White at 2-seat and Naomi Morgan at bow.

In the women's varsity 4+ race, Willamette will be represented by Piechocki as the coxswain, plus Lovell at stroke, Pfeiffer at 3-seat, Fredendall at 2-seat and Egelhofer at bow.

Portland Fall Classic
October 28, 2012
Willamette River
Portland, Ore.
Willamette will compete at the Portland Fall Classic on the Willamette River on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Willamette will compete at the Portland Fall Classic on the Willamette River on Sunday, Oct. 28.