Head of the Pend Oreille A Success For Gonzaga
PRIEST RIVER, Idaho - The Gonzaga University men's and women's rowing programs began the 2012-13 campaign Saturday, participating in the Head of the Pend Oreille, hosted by the Priest River Yacht Club in Priest River, Idaho.
"It was a great few days and we are grateful to the Priest River Yacht Club for organizing the event," said Putyrae. "We can't wait until next year."
Gehn was just as complementary of the event and the organization that ran it.
"It is just a wonderful place to row with a great community behind it," Gehn said. "Big thanks to the Priest River community!"
The women's program raced Washington State University in both the Varsity 8+ and the Varsity 4+.
Gonzaga's women's Varsity 8+ A closed out the five kilometer race in a time of 19:09. The Zags Varsity 8+ B boat had a finish of 20:50. Washington State's Varsity 8+ A had the quickest time of the morning at 19:02; seven seconds faster than Gonzaga's A boat. The Cougar Varsity 8+ B boat crossed the finish line in 19:37.
The Bulldogs Varsity 4+ A finished with a time of 22:00, while the Varsity 4+ B boat was clocked at 22:06.
Washington State rowed four Varsity 4+ boats, with the A boat earning the fastest time at 20:10. All four boats had a time under 21 minutes.
"Overall it was a good day of racing and we feel like we learned what we needed," said Putyrae. "All our rowers had the opportunity to get down the race course twice and at this point in the season each run of the course is an opportunity to learn."
The event was an exhibition for the men's program. They rowed two Varsity 8+ boats, along with two Mixed 8+ boats, which also included members of the women's team.
The Bulldogs men's Varsity 8+ A had the fastest time of the two men's boats, finishing the course in 17:09. The Varsity 8+ B had a time of 17:30.
"This was a great race to open with. It gave us a chance to get into race mode early in the season," stated Gehn.
Gonzaga returns to action Saturday, Oct. 20 when it hosts the Head of the Spokane at the Gonzaga Boathouse on the Spokane River.