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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.
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.
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.