Four-for-Four for Western Washington

Western Washington University made it four-for-four at the seventh annual NCAA Division II National Women’s Rowing Championships on Sunday morning, winning an unprecedented fourth straight national title at the Sacramento Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma.

The Vikings were led by a core group of four seniors – Metta Gilbert (Helena, MT), Samantha Marikis (Republic), Staci Reynolds (Vancouver/Columbia River) and Amelia Whitcomb (Spokane/Ferris) – who rowed in the national regatta for each of the championships.

Western led from start to finish in winning both the four and eight grand finals, each for the fourth straight year, to claim the national title. No team in any division had won three straight championships prior to the Vikings performing that feat last season.

“It’s pretty impressive to accomplish what they’ve accomplished this year and for those seniors to finish out their careers like that, I can’t even fathom what they’re feeling right now,” said Western coach John Fuchs (10th year). “They’re the perfect example of what a student-athlete is. They represent all that is great about it.”

Western finished with a perfect score of 20 points to 15 for UC San Diego, which was the runner-up for the second straight year. The Vikings were ranked No.1 in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA II Poll all season long, receiving every first-place vote.


–Courtesy Western Washington Athletics

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