PLU Named Conference Favorite in 2019 Women's Rowing Preseason Coaches Poll

PLU Named Conference Favorite in 2019 Women's Rowing Preseason Coaches Poll




'18 NWC Championship Finish


Pacific Lutheran




Puget Sound








Lewis & Clark




Pacific (Ore.)



 (Points awarded on a 4-3-2-1 basis. Coaches could not vote for their own teams; numbers in parentheses indicate first place votes) 


HILLSBORO, Ore. – The Pacific Lutheran women's rowing team has been voted as the frontrunner in the 2019 season, as voted on by conference coaches. 

The Lutes received four first-place votes 16 total points. Ranked ninth in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) preseason poll, the Lutes enter the 2019 season coming off of their third consecutive NWC Championship title and a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships. At the NCAA Championships, the Lutes advanced both the first varsity-eight and second varsity-eight boats to the Grand Finals, where the first and second varsity-eight boats placed sixth. In the fall season, the Lutes enjoyed two novice-eight first-place finishes at the American Lakes Fall Classic.

2018 All-NWC recipient and CRCA All-American Hannah Peterson (Hamilton, Mont.) returns alongside fellow All-NWC honoree Ali Wriggle (Eugene, Ore.) under 2018 NWC Coach of the Year Andy Foltz to lead the Lutes as they seek an NWC Championship title and NCAA Championship run yet again.

Puget Sound earned 13 total points and one first-place vote to rank second in the poll. The Loggers capped off the 2018 season in second-place at the NWC Championships, with the Loggers novice-eight racing to a first-place finish. The Loggers enjoyed victories in the novice-four, first varsity-eight, and first varsity-four at the American Lake Fall Classic during the 2018 fall season. All-NWC recipient Alyssa Bebout (Santa Cruz, Calif.) returns in 2019 as the Loggers seek to take back the NWC Championship title.

Mills ranks third in the poll with nine points. In the Cyclones' inaugural season in the Northwest Conference, the team raced to a third-place finish at the NWC Championships with 29 points. The Cyclones named two to the All-NWC team, including returner Kayd Miller (Brentwood, Calif.).

Lewis & Clark tallies eight points in the poll to rank fourth. The Pioneers finished the 2018 season in fourth-place at the NWC Championships with 24 points, naming one to the All-NWC team. The team raced to a first-place finish in the women's double at the WIRA Championships, finishing third to wrap up the 2018 season. Natalie Stroud (Oakland, Calif.) of the winning doubles boat at the WIRA Championships returns a senior in 2019 to lead the Pios.

Pacific (Ore.) rounds out the poll with four points to rank fifth. The Boxers finished fifth at the NWC Championships with 18 points and raced to a fifth-place finish in the V4 at the WIRA Championships. The team enters the 2019 season led by sophomores Emily Plecque (San Jose, Calif.) and Claire Ratcliff (Colbert, Wash.) of the first varsity-eight.

Mills will begin their spring season on March 2nd in Santa Clara, and Pacific Lutheran will host Puget Sound at the PLU Invitational at American Lake on March 9th. Lewis & Clark and Pacific (Ore.) will join PLU and Puget Sound for the Logger Invitational at American Lake on March 16th.