March 29, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's crew and men's crew teams will return to the water this weekend as both squads travel to the NCRC Invitational at Lake Vancouver, Wash. The Gonzaga women will enter boats in the varsity 8+, second varsity 8+, varsity 4+, novice 8+ and junior varsity 4+. The Bulldog men will enter boats in the open 8+, varsity 4+ and novice 8+. At last year's NCRC Invitational, the Zags won three events and took second in two others.
Other schools competing in this year's regatta are Evergreen State, Humboldt State, Lewis & Clark, Long Beach State, Mills, Pacific Lutheran, Saint Mary's, Seattle Pacific, Seattle University, UC San Diego, University of Portland, University of Puget Sound, Willamette and Western Washington University.
The first race of the day begins at 7:40 a.m. and is the men's varsity 8+. The first race for a Gonzaga women's boat will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the women's novice 8+. The final race of the day for the Bulldogs is the men's varsity 4+ final which is slated to start at 1:10 p.m.
The Gonzaga women are coming off a spectacular weekend which saw the Bulldogs make program history by winning only their second-ever Fawley Cup against Washington State University. GU won five out of the seven races on the day, including a two-seat victory in the varsity 8+ race. The Bulldog varsity 8+ defeated the Cougars in a time of 6:31.94; their fastest finish in school history.
The varsity 8+ victory over Washington State gained the Bulldogs some national recognition. Gonzaga received votes for the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Top-20 Poll. "Obviously it's great to get the recognition of your peers," said head coach Glenn Putyrae. "These women are working really hard to go as fast as they can and in the end that's all we can do."
The Gonzaga men are also coming off a strong weekend. The Bulldogs won four out of six events at the Daffodil Cup hosted by Puget Sound. The Zags earned victories in the varsity 8+, second varsity 8+, novice 8+ and novice 4+.