Pioneers women’s varsity eight will race in WIRA Championships grand final

Pioneers women’s varsity eight will race in WIRA Championships grand final

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers advanced both women's varsity eights to their respective grand finals and had them men's varsity eight qualify for the petite final as racing began Saturday at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships at Lake Natoma.

The women's varsity eight ran second in their heat with a time of 6:44.574, which was second to heat winner Western Washington's 6:41.374. Lewis & Clark had a better heat time than Northwest Conference champion Pacific Lutheran, which won its heat at 6:45.011.

The grand final will be raced at 8:50 a.m. on Sunday.

With a mark of 7:11.231, the women's second varsity eight will compete in the final on Sunday after placing third in their heat.

Lewis & Clark's men's varsity eight advanced to the petite final for the first time in program history with a sixth-place finish in Saturday's heat. A finish of 6:13.244 put the Pios ahead of Humboldt State by four seconds.

The duo of Andrew Cavanaugh and Griffin Siadak took second in their heat with a time of 7:14.812, beating pairs from UC-Santa Barbara, UCLA, Portland State and Arizona State.

In the men's varsity four, Lewis & Clark finished less than three seconds out of the semis with a time of 7:03.292.

Racing begins at 8 a.m. on Sunday with Lewis & Clark's first event starting at 8:20 a.m. when the men's varsity eight competes in the petite final.