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SPORTS BRIEFS

MEN'S CREW
The PLU men's crew team rowed a career-best time to win the national championship in the men's varsity lightweight 4 with coxswain competition at the Dad Vail Regatta last month. A total of 31 boats from NCAA Division II and III, along with Division I club teams, competed. PLU rowed 6:33.6 in the championship final, finishing ahead of University of San Diego, 6:35.8, and St. Thomas University (Minn.), 6:39.1. The Pacific Lutheran boat members are Brian Grant, Brian Paulson, Bjorn Larsen and Cameron McVay with Elisa Kurchowsky serving as coxswain.

SOFTBALL
The team clinched a spot as the No. 1 seed
in the college world series, finishing the national tournament in fourth place. The team improved its regular season record to 34-0 and tied an NCAA mark for consecutive victories. Melissa Korb, who came into her senior season with PLU career records for strikeouts, strikeouts per seven innings and winning percentage, has added to those marks. Korb had 68 career wins, 677 career strikeouts and 31 career shutouts going into the national tournament. When it comes to strikeouts, no one in PLU history compares to Korb, who has 596 in her career, an average of 9.9 per seven innings pitched. This season she pitched six no-hitters.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
For the second time in the past four years, Pacific Lutheran saw its season come to an end in the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Division III women's basketball championship tournament. The Lutes dropped a 64-47 decision to host Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the NCAA Division III women's basketball championship playoffs. Senior center Jessica Iserman, playing her final game in an outstanding career, led Pacific Lutheran with 14 points and eight rebounds. Iserman earned all-conference honors for the second straight year, joining senior point guard Becky Franza '02, a three-time honoree, on the team. With a 23-4 record in 2001-02 (a school record .852 winning percentage), the Pacific Lutheran women's basketball program has now won at least 20 games in five straight seasons. Prior to that, no team in the history of PLU women's basketball had won more than 18 games in a year. Head coach Gil Rigell has had an outstanding run in those five years, leading the Lutes to a cumulative 106-29 record (.785 winning percentage) and to four Northwest Conference titles.

 


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