Women’s pair rows to victory

It was an up and down weekend for Falcon crew as the women’s varsity pair won the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Championship on Lake Stevens, but the women’s four failed to take home the gold for the first time in seven years.

The women’s varsity four boat placed second to University of Puget Sound (UPS) by six seconds, with a time of 7:12.1. "It was one of the poorest showings we’ve had at that race in a long time" Coach Keith Jefferson said. "We just got out-raced."

The women had beat UPS already this year, by nine seconds last month, but they could not muster up enough strength to do it again on Saturday.

"We didn’t do as well as we had hoped for," junior Alicia Apple said. "It was definitely a down week for us."

The women have already received a berth in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) National Invitational Championships, and have won the past two national titles. The women’s pair boat was the only SPU team to take home gold at the regatta, beating runner-up Willamette University by 46 seconds with a time of 8:25.6.

The men’s team got their best performance from their pair boat — sophomore Jeremy Bryant and senior Jason Mobley — which was second to UPS by 10 seconds. The novice four and varsity four boats got fifth in their respective races, and the second varsity snagged third. The women’s pair — Carly Bollen and Andi Martineau — was the lone bright spot for Falcon crew.

Despite all of that, freshman rower Kimberly Leinstock walked away with the story of the day. Leinstock had a tendon in her hip sprain roughly 500 meters into the 2000 meter race. She has had hip issues ever since a car accident she was in a while back, in which she cracked her pelvis. It got misaligned during the race, but rather then quitting, Leinstock kept on rowing through immense pain, and finished the race with her team.

"While it was incredibility painful to her, she still pushed through the race, all 2000 meters of it," said Katie Bobson who was in the boat with her. "She’s awesome!"

The Falcons head to the WIRA Championships in Rancho Cordova, Calif. next weekend, and hope to do much better then.

"It’s a really sheltered and calm course," Apple said. "We just need to stay relaxed and keep our heads in the game."

Coach Jefferson agreed with Apple saying, "If we don’t get our head in the game, we might come up short again."

The course is way different than what the Falcons are used to, and should be quite interesting. There will be more teams, and greater competition there to add to the challenge.

"It [this weekend’s meet] makes this last weekend look like small potatoes," Jefferson said.

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Title: Women’s pair rows to victory | Author: Ryan Phillips | Section: Sports | Published Date: 2005-04-27 | Internal ID: 4501