April 1, 2006
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Rough weather conditions wreaked havoc on the water at the NCRC Regatta on Saturday morning as extreme winds and high chop on the racing surface forced the cancellation of some events and shortening of many others. Despite facing those rough conditions Gonzaga University fared well at the event winning five races in which the school was entered. Official times will be released to competing schools on Sunday morning, so only Gonzaga's order of finish is currently available.
The Gonzaga men's open 8+ started the day for the Bulldogs placing first in their heat race at 7:50 a.m. That race was contested at 2,000 meters. That boat finished second in the men's open 8+ final held around lunch time and rowed at only a 1,000 meter distance.
The Gonzaga men's novice 8+ boats dominated their racing action finishing first and third in the race that was held at 2,000 meters.
The Gonzaga women's novice 8+ won their morning heat race at the 2,000 meter distance and then returned to water several hours later to win the final held at the 1,000 meter distance.
Gonzaga entered two boats in the women's varsity 4+ with both Zags boats winning their heat races at the 2,000 meter distance. Following both women's varsity 4+ heat races all further races in the 4+ category were cancelled on the Lake Vancouver course.
Weather also played a factor in the second women's novice 8+ race as officials on the course stopped the race with about 500 meters remaining based on rough conditions on the racing surface.
The women's varsity 8+ and junior varsity 8+ races were both shortened to the 1,000 meter distance. Gonzaga finished second in the women's varsity 8+ and had its two boats in the junior varsity race finish one, two.
Gonzaga's men will return home to host Western Washington and Puget Sound at Silver Lake next Saturday. The women's team will split its squad with the varsity 8+ heading the Knecht Cup in Camden, NJ, while the remaining boats will host Puget Sound at Silver Lake next Saturday.