Men's Rowing Wins Three Races Against WSU At Fawley Cup

The Junior Varsity 8+, Freshman 8+ and Second Freshman 8+ all won on Saturday.
The Junior Varsity 8+, Freshman 8+ and Second Freshman 8+ all won on Saturday.

April 16, 2011

MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. – The Gonzaga University men’s rowing team won three of five races against Washington State University in the 23rd annual Fawley Cup Saturday. Despite winning three races, the Bulldogs, rowing on their home course of Silver Lake in Medical Lake, lost the Fawley Cup for only the third time in its history after the Cougs won the marquee Varsity 8+ battle by 5.92 seconds.

“It was a good day of racing besides the Varsity 8+,” stated head coach Dan Gehn. “We let WSU go in the first 30 to 40 strokes of the Varsity 8+ race and that was it. We didn’t make any decisive move on the race course to get back into the race. We hung stern with them for the second 500 but didn’t make any attempt to get back into them and ultimately they stretched it out in the whole distance.”



Washington State finished the 2,000-meter course in 6:01.83. Gonzaga had a time of 6:07.75. The last time the Cougars defeated the Bulldogs was on April 15, 2006 when it broke GU’s streak of 16-straight victories with a four-second win. 

“The Varsity 8+ needs to learn how to be competitive,” Gehn said.

The Freshman 8+ helped Gonzaga rebound with a decisive 16 second victory. The Bulldogs finished the race course in a time of 6:13.02 and the Cougars followed at 6:29.02.

“It was a great comeback for the Freshman 8+, especially after a long week of practice and the amount of learning they did from the George Washington Invitational last weekend,” explained Freshman coach Mark Voorhees.

In the third race of the morning, the Zag Third Varsity 8+ hit a crab and the Cougars were able to pull even and ultimately claim a 5.57 second victory. 

“The Third Varsity 8+ had an unfortunate over-the-head crab to even up the race with 400-meters to go,” said Gehn. “So with the boat stopping with the overhead crab it put them out of the race.”

Washington State ended with a time of 6:25.02. Gonzaga came in at 6:30.59.

The final two victories for Gonzaga came in the final two races as it won both the Junior Varsity 8+ and the Second Freshman 8+ races.

The Junior Varsity 8+ finished with the fastest Zag time of the morning, closing out the course in 6:06.97. Washington State had a time of 6:22.14.

The Second Freshman 8+ defeated both Washington State’s Second Freshman 8+ and Third Freshman 8+ boats. Gonzaga crossed the finish line in 6:41.18. WSU’s Second Freshman 8+ took third with a time of 6:45.78 and its Third Freshman 8+ placed third at 6:59.03.

“It was a great way for the Second Freshman 8+ to end its season. I am happy they pulled out the win,” stated Voorhees.

Gonzaga now prepares for the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships which are set for April 30 and May 1 in Sacramento, Calif.

“The Varsity has to be a little bit more aggressive in the first half of their upcoming races; you have to be in the race to win the race,” explained Gehn. “The other boats did a good job today and that really gives us some good momentum going into WIRA’s.”

Fawley Cup Results – Gonzaga vs. Washington State
Silver Lake – Medical Lake, Wash. – 2,000-meters

Varsity 8+

1. Washington State, 6:01.83
2. Gonzaga, 6:07.75

Second Varsity 8+
1. Gonzaga, 6:06.97
2. Washington State, 6:22.14

Third Varsity 8+
1. Washington State, 6:25.02
2. Gonzaga, 6:30.59

Freshman 8+
1. Gonzaga, 6:13.02
2. Washington State, 6:29.02

Second Freshman 8+
1. Gonzaga, 6:41.18
2. Washington State, 6:45.78
3. Washington State 3rd, 6:59.03



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