By Maddie Lee /// Sports Editor
In their only regatta of the fall season, the Men’s and Women’s Varsity eights each claimed first place in their respective groups in the Portland Fall Classic on Sunday.
The women matched up against Willamette University and the University of Oregon club team. While their competition was not steep, Hannah DeBois (’15) was happy with the team’s showing this weekend.
“For such a short season, we were able to have a really set boat,” she said.
With only eight rowers and two coxswains, the women were remarkably able to take a boat out every practice over the Fall and lead the pack in their only competition.
The Men’s Varsity eight took their victory over Division II Western Washington University. They raced with one first year, five secons-years and one third-year.
Andrew Cavanaugh (’17) felt good about the results. “This year we were 30 seconds faster than we were last year in the same race, in the same category, despite the fact that we are a younger team,” he said. “Afterwards everyone agreed on the fact that this race felt significantly better than last year’s race, so that’s exciting.”
The novice women came in third, trailing University of Portland’s two novice eights by 02:07.50 and 00:55.24, respectively.
The Men’s Novice eight went to the Portland LO/OP regatta the day before the Portland Fall classic and came in second.
Crew’s five-week fall season has officially drawn to a close and the teams now turn their attention to the spring. Their main season begins in March.