PORTLAND, Ore. -- Both Lewis & Clark women's varsity eight teams posted strong times in the Pioneers rowing debut at the Charlie Brown Regatta on Saturday afternoon at Oaks Park.
The first varsity eight finished 11 seconds back of Puget Sound, while the second varsity eight was 10 seconds clear of Puget Sound's second team in the opening race of the event. The 1V8 posted a mark of 14:35 to finish second overall, while the 2V8 clocked in at 15:49.
"This is a big deal for our program," said Lewis & Clark head coach Sam Taylor. "It's a young group with a lot of room to develop and we've been struggling to get on terms with Puget Sound's 2V for several years."
The start of the regatta was delayed for an hour because of fog, but the sun came out and the water was flat.
The men's varsity eight and four was missing some key student-athletes who are studying overseas or injured, but the team still managed to stay close in both races. The eight was 19 seconds back of Puget Sound with a time of 14:18 and the four's time was 14:45 to finish third overall behind the Loggers and Oregon Rowing's A team.
In the second flight, the women's varsity four was second to Puget Sound by 12 seconds with a mark of 17:02.
Taylor was also pleased with the performances by the novice teams.
"It was a good first regatta for the novice team, who represented our program well and got their first taste of intercollegiate competition," said Taylor.
The men's novice eight had a time of 16:58 and the novice four finished in 20:04. On the women's side, the novice eight finished in 19:45 and the four had a time of 21:02.
Lewis & Clark hosts the Orange & Black Regatta on Saturday for its final fall competition.