Two boats finish runner-up at Husky Open

Two boats finish runner-up at Husky Open

SEATTLE -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers had two of their four entries finish in second place at the Husky Open on Saturday at Montlake Cut.

The women's varsity eight clocked in more than nine seconds faster than Puget Sound to take second in their race. With a time of 6:52.546, the Pioneers finished behind Washington.

There was a similar result for the men's varsity four. At 6:57.479, Lewis & Clark was runner-up to Washington and ahead of Puget Sound and Washington State. 

"The women's varsity eight hit a really solid time for an early April race," said Lewis & Clark head coach Sam Taylor. "We've had a great set of practices over spring break, and I think we went into this much more prepared for racing than at Hagg Lake."

At last year's Husky Open, Lewis & Clark's women's varsity eight finished with a mark of 7:11.107.

A challenging start put the men's varsity eight behind Puget Sound early, and the Pioneers weren't able to recover any of that margin. Lewis & Clark finished two seconds behind the Loggers with a time of 6:29.787.

Four of the men's varsity eight and coxswain Maggie Coit made up for it with the varsity four.

"Maggie did a great job getting back quickly after the race and doubled into the varsity four," said Taylor. "That crew had a much better start and were able to get a full length on Puget Sound early. They held and improved on that all the way to the line."

The Pios were a full three seconds ahead of Puget Sound's 7:00.787 in the varsity four.

With a time of 7:23.738, the women's second varsity eight was fourth.

"Talking to the crew, we've got some good things to work on before we see Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound again next weekend," said Taylor.

The Lewis & Clark women compete at the Logger Invitational in Tacoma, Wash. next weekend, while the men are idle until the Covered Bridge Regatta on Apr. 15.