TACOMA, Washington – The Meyer/Lamberth Cup, the Rainier Cup, community service accolades, and several academic honors: the spring of 2018 was an outstanding season for Puget Sound men's and women's crew.
On March 24, Puget Sound swept Pacific Lutheran to win the Al Lawrence All-Points Award for the second consecutive year. The Logger MV8 timed in at 6:38.9, nearly 30 seconds ahead of the Lutes, to capture the Meyer Cup. The Puget Sound WV8 finished in 6:51.7, four seconds ahead of Pacific Lutheran, to claim the Lamberth Cup. The W2V8 (7:11.6) beat the Lutes by nine seconds, and the W3V8 bested the Lutes by a little more than four seconds.
The Puget Sound men finished their season by winning the Rainier Cup on American Lake, April 22. The MV8 timed in at 7:10.3, beating Pacific Lutheran by more than 30 seconds, and toping a Lewis & Clark boat by almost 40 seconds.
The Rainier Cup immediately followed the Northwest Conference Championships, hosted by Puget Sound. The Logger women placed second, finishing one point behind Pacific Lutheran. The Loggers' W2V8 and WV38 both won their respective races.
Puget Sound also exceled in the classroom as six women's rowers were named Scholar Athletes by College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). Kyra Farr, Kayla Hipp, Leslie Machabee, Lily O'Connor, Monica Schweitz, and Katie Snodgress were recognized by the CRCA for their academic achievements.
In addition to rowing and studying, the Loggers dedicated themselves to combatting childhood cancers. Hipp and Louisa Cryan received Puget Sound's Paul & Helen Perdue Award for Community Service for their efforts in raising more than $11,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
Cryan had her own bout with childhood cancer. Her story was featured during D3 Week in early April (Click HERE). NCAA D-III shared Cryan's video on Twitter (@NCAADIII), where it has been viewed more than 3,000 times.