Rowing Grows Stronger in Exhibition Regatta

By Sara Brooks, Assistant Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6219

SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University men's and women's rowing teams gained valuable experience when they hosted Lewis & Clark College in an exhibition regatta on Saturday, March 13. The Bearcats and Pioneers squared off in a series of 1000 meter race pieces. The event gave WU an opportunity to test their speed and race strategies.

“I think the competition really helped us to excel. Things were going right that had been lacking in practice the previous weeks," said Kayla Johnson (Fr., COX, Onalaska, WA/Onalaska HS). "The girls were focused and really performing well, and at the end of the day we pinpointed some things that could still be improved.”

The men's and women's teams had multiple shells race in both varsity and novice competition. Marc Whitehead (Jr., S, Sherwood, OR/Sherwood HS), men's team captain, noted that the event was just a preview of things to come for the Bearcats this spring.

"It was an excellent chance to get a preview of the racing season to come and makes me quite excited for my last season of Spring Sprints," said Whitehead.

Willamette will compete in the Daffodil Cup on Saturday, March 27 in Tacoma, Wash. The Bearcats will row against Lewis & Clark College, the University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University, Humboldt State University, Seattle Pacific University, Western Washington University, Gonzaga University, and Washington State University crews at the Daffodil Cup Regatta in Tacoma March 27.

The Willamette women's varsity eight+ competes in the Bearcats' exhibition against Lewis & Clark.