Despite rough weather, everything clicked for the Western men’s rowing team during the April 13 regatta.
Western rower Carl Smith said he was humbled by the team’s performance at the Covered Bridge Regatta held on Dexter Lake, about 15 miles southeast of Eugene, Ore.
The team, which operates as a club team, took first in the varsity-8 race and placed third in the varsity-4. Western’s novice-8 also did well, placing third.
Men’s captain Joe Gregersen and Smith both said the weather was pretty bad.
“It was sunny, and you would get really warm,” said Gregerson. “Then all of a sudden it would go black and start raining really hard.”
The worst part of the race was the wind, which fluctuated between rough and calm. The wind played a huge factor in the time it took to finish each race, with each finish being about 30 seconds slower than usual, Gergerson said.
Despite the struggles with the tempest, Gregersen is happy. He said the team made huge improvements over last weekend.
Thirty nine club teams competed at the Covered Bridge Regatta, according to Regatta Central’s website. Conference races for Western are typically limited to schools in the northwest, so it was exciting to see more teams competing, Smith said.
The team looks forward to racing, Smith said. Hundreds of hours go into practice throughout winter quarter, so the team is happy when they actually get to compete on the water, he said.
On April 20, the team is hosting a duel against Seattle University at Lake Whatcom. Both teams have made improvements since the beginning of the season, and Gregersen says he is looking forward to the race.
Following the duel, the Vikings will compete on April 27 and 28 at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in Gold River, Calif.