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Athletics News

Willamette rowing ranks in top 10 in the country

The Willamette women's varsity eight+ crew, which competed in the NCAA championships in 2009, was recently ranked ninth in the country in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division III Eights Coaches poll

Additionally, the women's lightweight varsity eight+ ranked 16th with 29 points in the poll, just two points shy of being in the top 15 in the nation. All 15 schools ranked above the Bearcats are NCAA Division I institutions.

Learn more about Willamette rowing on the Athletics website.

Rugby team returns from spring tour abroad, plans Homecoming Cup

Readers might recognize news of the Willamette rugby team's trip through Europe from the Willamette website and The Scene. The players are back -- and they have posted a retrospective web update with images and further details from the trip.

Additionally, the rugby team is currently planning the first-annual Homecoming Cup in conjunction with Reunion Weekend 2010. Rugby alumni, affectionately known as the Old Boys, will play against current members of the club.

The Willamette Rugby Football Club (WRFC) plays in the Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union's (PNRFU) Division 2 - South League. For the 2009-2010 season, Willamette competed in the league against with Western Oregon University, Portland State University, Reed College, the Oregon Institute of Technology, and Southern Oregon University.

Go to the Willamette rugby tour recap online

From the history books: the winningest Bearcats of all time

Four former Willamette volleyball players have the honor of being the winningest Bearcats ever, having won a total of 136 competitions. The players -- Dana Newsom, Emily Moore, Brandi Row and Sarah Pitcher -- accumulated their wins from 1992-1995.

The foursome won four conference championships and graduated with an overall record of 136-44 (.756). They lost just three conference games, finishing with a 47-3 (.940) conference record. In 1992 and 1994 the volleyball team finished undefeated in conference play.

The athletics department decided to research the winningest Bearcats of all time after Nicole Wallace (Sr., Roseville, CA/Roseville HS) won her 102nd game at Willamette this year. Wallace, barring any postseason berth for the Bearcats this spring, will leave Willamette with a 102-46 (.689) overall record. She finished with a 75-37 (.670) record in the Northwest Conference.