Cougar Crew Prepares to End Season at ACRAs
By Alex Ashton and Sidney Cross
Washington State Cougar Crew will wrap up its season this Saturday and Sunday at the ACRA National Championship Regatta on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia. The Cougs will be racing on the former course for the 1996 Olympic Games against competitive varsity and club programs from around the United States. The varsity and novice are looking to close out the season on a high note.
Coach Alec Hurley will be focusing on the eights as he has done all year and will have a Varsity 8+ and JV 8+ to represent Cougar Crew. Earlier this week he stated “the Varsity Men head to Nationals with a Varsity 8+ and Junior Varsity 8+ for the first time since 2010. We are excited for the opportunity to test our mettle against the top programs in the country. A great opportunity awaits us, I am looking forward to the athlete's’ willingness to rise to the occasion.”
The novice have been racing hard all season and are prepared more than ever to show that their speed has been no fluke this season. The novice have had great success over the year including making it into the Grand Finals at the San Diego Crew Classic and bringing home a bronze at WIRAs. Sam Callan stated that “we have been training for the end goal of ACRA’s since the beginning of the season, we are ready to bring it to Georgia and battle it out with the top teams.” All the Cougar Crew boats definitely have this attitude and are ready to step up and throw down some impressive times. The novice will be racing a Novice 8+ and Novice Lightweight 4+.
Last year at ACRAs the women’s lightweight 4+ was able to have a great race and win a silver medal in their lightweight event. This year the lightweights are entering another lightweight 4+ and two 2x.
At ACRAs we are seeing stiff competition in each race so there will be strong racing from all crews. Each crew will be racing two races, the first is a race for lanes, and then it will get into finals. In the lightweight women’s 4+ the girls will be racing against new and previous competitors at this regatta. The lightweight 4+ will be racing against Cal State, Long Beach, and Northwestern. The lightweight 4+ is looking forward to finally racing their lineup; after a few regattas of illness and injury had taken one of their rowers for WIRA and Dad Vail. This being a strong lineup the girls are ready to see what they are capable of doing with everyone in their boat being present. It was almost this exact lineup that won the silver medal in this event last year. The girls this year are coming back and are seeking an even better outcome in this weekend’s race. Let’s go for gold!
This is the first year that the lightweights are sending off two 2x at nationals, but after seeing what they were capable of doing at WIRA, the 2x will have a good race ahead of them. Alyx Powell, who medaled at WIRA a few weeks ago will be stroking one of the 2x with partner Teresa Nguyen. The 2x have the potential of racing heats, reps and finals due to the amount of boats entered in this event. The 2x will be racing Grand Valley State University, Kansas State, Marquette University, Texas, UCSB, University of Chicago, University of Kansas, University of New Hampshire, Purdue, Emory, University of Vermont and Wichita State.
Race Schedule For Saturday May 28th
Varsity 8+: 12:06 pm
Junior Varsity 8+: 10:36 am
Novice 8+: 10:24 am
LWT Novice 4+: 9:24 am
Women 2x: 8:18 am
Women LWT 4+: 2:30 pm