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LCAA – Spring News

LCAA March News

A Message from LCAA President Doug Nelson

As the Lute Rowing Team begins the 2017 Spring Racing Season, your Lute Crew Alumni Association is excited to bring you the 2017 LCAA Spring Newsletter. We have recently made some changes to better serve you. The LCAA has added two new committee members, and we anticipate continued growth. We hope to see you at an upcoming regatta or special event, or just to hear from you if you’d like to connect with us and your fellow Lute Alums. Here is your current Lute Crew Alumni Association Committee:

Doug Nelson, LCAA President
PLU Men’s Crew 1987-1990
PLU Rowing Coach 1991-2000
Currently living in Fife, WA with wife Maria and 4 boys
Currently employed at City of Federal Way as Recreation Manager

Kathy Corey, LCAA Vice President
PLU Varsity Coxswain Men’s Team ’87 –’90 / Varsity Rower Women’s Light 8 ’90-‘91
Active member Lute Crew Alumni Association since 2012
Currently resides in Lakewood, Washington
Employed at Rainier Title / Account Manager
When I am not working, I enjoy skiing, cycling and spending time with family and friends. The LCAA has been a great way to re-connect with friends from decades ago and make new friends within the Lute Crew family.

Dave “Smed” Peterson, LCAA Historian/Recognition
PLU oarsman 1970-1974
PLU coach 1975-1985
National Champion 1984
Special Recognition Award 1985
Distinguished Alumni Coach Award 1986
Athletic Hall of Fame 1999
PLU Golden Oar Award 2014
Founding member of the LCAA

Sheri (Sasaki) Koehn, LCAA Communications Chair
PLU Women’s Crew 2004-2008
Currently living in San Antonio, Texas with Husband Tyler and 3 fur babies
Works at University of Texas Health at San Antonio in research grants administration.

Women's Crew Update

Women’s Varsity Rowing Coach Andy Foltz is going into his 3rd Spring season at PLU. In his time with the team he has almost doubled the roster going from 18 to 35 athletes on the team. The team is a family in the truest of senses – every action is for the betterment of the family, and the boat. The women are defending their Northwest Conference Title this year and working to improve from a 4th place finish at last year’s NCAA National Championships.

Coach Andy writes, “We had an interesting start to the spring race season. We raced some tough competition in Seattle U, Western Washington, and a surprising Seattle Pacific team. We picked up one win against Division I Seattle U in the Varsity 8+ and then the remainder of 2nd place finishes. As a team, it was good to get our first races in and out of the way before we go race regional competition next weekend in Oregon. Our 2V and 3V times were not that great so we certainly have room for improvement there. We also are looking and focusing on improving in our second races of the day. This past week we had a difficult training week so we are fighting fatigue and volume but at the same time, everyone this time of year is. As a team, we currently have the attitude of ducks… “work feverishly under the water where no one can see and be calm and cool on the top knowing the work is going to get us to where we want to go.”

 PLU Women’s Crew Schedule: http://www.golutes.com/sports/wrowing/2016-17/schedule
For the latest and greatest PLU Women’s Rowing information and more, please visit: golutes.com/wrowing.

Men's Crew Update

New Men’s Varsity Rowing Coach Dave Harvey joined the coaching staff at the beginning of this past fall season. Coach Harvey rowed sweep at Saint John’s High School (MA) and continued to row in college at WPI. Prior to joining PLU, Dave was the Head Coach of the Girls Crew program at Farmington High School (CT). Highlights at Farmington include: winning a state championship, winning the team points trophy at the New England Fall Championships and a 4th place finish at Nationals. Dave also prepared more than a dozen athletes to row in college at the Division I and III levels. Dave and his wife have a daughter, a boxer and an erg. Dave earned his MBA from the University of Minnesota in 2012.

Coach Dave writes:
“Our primary goal for this season is to create a positive, competitive and sustainable team culture that will provide a solid foundation for years to come. The men’s team got its first taste of spring racing on March 11 against boats from Seattle U, Western Washington, and UPS. Conditions were similar to most practices so far this season- cold and wet. Each athlete got the opportunity to race twice. Highlights included our top novice 4+ finishing 4.5 seconds behind WWU and our 2x finishing 9.3 seconds behind a more experienced, better rested boat from Seattle U. Over Spring Break, several athletes will stay on campus to train twice per day in 4+, 2x and 1x. The Covered Bridge Regatta will provide a great opportunity to race against some teams from WA, OR and CA in a two flight format. Our other team goal for this season is to reestablish the presence of PLU Men’s Rowing at the WIRA Championships in Sacramento.”

PLU Men's Crew Spring 2017 Schedule:

March 11 – PLU Invitational American Lake 9am
March 18 – Hagg Lake Invite Forest Grove, OR 9am
April 8 – Logger Invitational American Lake 9am
April 9 – Meyer/Lamberth Cup & Alumni Regatta American Lake 9am
April 15 – Covered Bridge Regatta Dexter, OR 8am
April 29-30 – WIRA Championship Sacramento, CA 8am

Meyer/Lamberth & Events

The Meyer/Lamberth races are coming up on Sunday, April 9th. LCAA President, Doug Nelson, will be hosting an alumni tent for us to meet up at and watch the races. Come enjoy a light morning snack, coffee and other refreshments while we cheer on the Lutes.

Dave “Smed” Peterson will be putting together boatings for the Men’s and Women’s Alumni Races. If you are interested in rowing or coxing in the Men’s Neils Cup or the Women’s Johnson Cup please contact Smed at (253) 222-8480 or via email at dave.peterson@betterproperties.com

2016 Golden Oar Recipient

The Lute Crew Alumni Association is proud to announce that Doug “Herly” Herland is the 2016 recipient of the PLU Golden Oar Society Award! Doug came to PLU in 1969 and immediately discovered his passion for rowing. This newfound love of ‘all things rowing’ led Doug to success as an athlete, coach, administrator and inspirational mentor.

Herly’s light 4 was 2nd at the 1971 Western Sprints. His heavy 4 was 2nd at the ’72 Sprints and 5th at the IRA regatta. After graduating from PLU, Doug coached at the Lake Ewauna Rowing Club and the Oregon Institute of Technology, as well as the University of Michigan, where he developed “Freedom on the River” – a program designed to teach physically challenged people to row. He traveled far & wide, setting up rowing programs in the U.S. and Canada.

In 1984, after a decade of trying out for the national team, Doug earned a spot in the coxed pair that won the US Rowing Trials and then the bronze medal in the LA Olympics. He is still the only Olympic medalist in PLU history. This success enabled him to launch “Rowing in the Mainstream”, a program financed by the Dept of Education and designed by Doug to teach folks of all abilities the joy of recreational rowing. He again set up new programs all over the country, traveling around with an Alden single on top of his car. Everywhere he went, Doug Herland was a positive ambassador for PLU and the rowing program that gave him his start in the endeavor he came to cherish, always greeting folks with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye.

Herly came back to PLU as coach from ’88 – ’91, sadly passing away from a brain aneurysm at the young age of 39, after a lifetime battling the disabling effects of osteogenesis imperfecta – brittle bone disease. Doug accomplished more in his short lifetime than most of us could ever hope to do. I remember riding to a regatta during our spring break trip to California my freshman year when two revelations occurred. First, he somehow began calling me “Smedley”, a name that has stuck with me ever since that time within our rowing community. And second, he looked me in the eye, and quite seriously said, “Smed – my goal in life is to become the Johnny Appleseed of Rowing.” Mission accomplished, my friend…

Go Lutes!! Athlete Spotlights

Women's Rowing Athlete Spotlight - Hannah Peterson

Hannah is a tremendous person who has incredibly lofty goals. It has been a pleasure supporting Hannah’s dreams with ROTC and rowing. It was an incredible sight this past week to watch her break 7 min on the erg while her Commanding Officers came and watched her take the 2k, the first time they have come and seen her and her team work. They were impressed with her attitude and leadership – as well as the fortitude that every athlete had in the room. It was truly a special experience. Click here to read the full story.

Men's Rowing Athlete Spotlight - George Prigge

Hometown: Yelm, WA
Year: First year at PLU and first year rowing
Major: Economics
Why PLU? Tight-knit community, welcoming atmosphere, and degree options
Why rowing? George played basketball in high school and wanted to try something different that was physically demanding.
Favorite thing about being on the team so far? The people. George enjoys the conversations at the boathouse and in the erg room as well as working with a diverse group striving for a shared goal.
Looking forward to: The first win
Fun facts: Taught himself how to play saxophone; will eat anything except raw oysters.

Once a Lute, Always a Lute!! Alumni Spotlight

Kari Pederson Udbye 81'

Kari writes, “I learned to row the Fall of 1977 during my freshman year at PLU. Dave Peterson was our coach, and along with hard work there was always an element of fun.  Even though I was only able to participate for two years, I felt very fortunate to have been a part of a wonderful team with some remarkably strong athletes. While at PLU I developed a love for the sport and it’s something that I’ve enjoyed pretty much ever since both recreationally and competitively. When my husband and I lived in Norway, I rowed for Trondhjems Roklub, and for the past ten years I’ve rowed on the Commencement Bay Rowing Club (CBRC) Master’s team. One of the appealing things at CBRC is the opportunity to connect with PLU alums. We have alumni on our board and on the team.  It was actually two PLU alums, Ryan White and Brandon Snow, who took the initiative to get the master’s team re-launched ten years ago. Brandon coached the team for about eight years.  We started with four rowers and today have about 30 ranging in age from 30 to 62.  We row pretty much all year 3-4 times a week, and participate in around eight regattas a year. For me, the opportunity to start the morning on American Lake, work hard, and spend time with teammates have been a blessing.  Crew is a sport to be enjoyed for life!  If any alums living in this area want to get back in a shell, we offer both sweep rowing and sculling options.”  Check out the CBRC website:  www.combayrow.net