Men’s Crew delivered on their high expectations during their third visit to American Lake in the 2018-2019 season.
Competing in five events at the Pacific Lutheran Invitational, Seattle U podiumed in four races against Western Washington University, University of Puget Sound, and PLU. The Redhawks’ Varsity 4+ took home top honors, crossing the line ahead of the next crew by over 40 meters. Locked in a dead heat with WWU for the first 1,000 meters, SU pulled out a canvas ahead before dropping the hammer with a high-rate final sprint.
In the eights races, SU came close to breaking the 7-minute mark, coming up just short with a 7:02.2 time. Two hours earlier, the Western Washington Vikings posted the fastest 2k of the day, coming in at 6:46.1, seven seconds ahead of the second place UPS Loggers.
While the PLU Invite has always been a “friendly” scrimmage for Puget Sound crews to get together, 2019 united the PNW in a whole new way. Despite being on the calendar for months, disaster almost kept Seattle U out of both eights races. While trailer loading, SU discovered a crack in the hull of their Pocock 8+, the Doug Short. A repair too severe to fix overnight (even with a roll of duct tape), Men’s Crew didn’t have many options to save their race day. Fortunately, the University of Puget Sound loaned the Seattle crew one of their eights on last minute notice.
The Redhawks headed back to the Emerald City with lots of gratitude, and a much better idea of their opponents speed as well. Seattle U will rematch with their PLU opponents and other west coast competitors at the Covered Bridge Regatta in Eugene, Oregon on April 6. Before then, however, SU will be facing off against the Purple and Gold in the Montlake Cut at the Husky Open regatta on March 30 in the Collegiate Men’s 4+ event.