A Message from LCAA President Doug Nelson
Back on the Water
This summer I’ve had the opportunity to get back on the water as a part-time coach at the Commencement Bay Rowing Club. Being out on American Lake and hanging out at the boathouse brings back many great memories of my time at PLU. I remember the camaraderie, the team synergy, and all the excitement surrounding the sport of rowing. Being involved with the Lute Crew Alumni Association has also given me the opportunity to revive my interest in the sport of rowing. Along with my fellow committee members, we hope to create opportunities for all PLU rowing alums to come together and re-discover their passion for the sport of rowing.
The future looks very bright for our current PLU Men’s and Women’s Crews, and we encourage you all to give them your full support. Whether that means cheering them on at local regattas, sharing stories of the rowing past, or writing them a check – your contribution will leave a lasting mark on the PLU Crew. Lastly, I’ll leave you with this: the LCAA meets monthly to strategize and plan events. If you are would like to join in or are willing to serve, please reach out to a committee member. We are currently looking for an Event Chair and a Fundraising Chair. We meet in person or via conference call on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.
We hope to get you “back on the water!”
Doug Nelson – LCAA President
Update from the Coaches
PLU Men’s Rowing
Spring 2018 Team Highlights Spring 2018 was a busy season of training and racing. Team members continued learning what it takes to compete in our region.
After the PLU Invite, the team raced Lewis & Clark on Vancouver Lake. The 8+ defeated Lewis & Clark and the Varsity 4+ finished 2.6 seconds behind Lewis & Clark. The men’s team raced an 8+ at Meyer-Lamberth Cup for the first time in five years. Unfortunately, the Collegiate Covered Bridge Regatta was cancelled due to severe winds.
The final race of the season was the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships on Lake Natoma, outside Sacramento. Our contingent this year was twice the size of the group that competed in 2017. The Novice 4+ finished 12th of 23 entries in 2018 versus 17th of 19 entries in 2017. The Varsity 4+ beat Western Washington and Sonoma State in their final.
With the support and generosity of 60+ donors, we raised over $15,000 for the purchase of a new Pocock 4+. We will be announcing the name of the new shell this summer and hope that you will join us for a dedication ceremony this fall.
Outlook for 2018-2019 Looking forward to 2018-2019, we anticipate 13 returning athletes. Our captains will be Bay Faubion (Everett, WA), George Prigge (Yelm, WA) and Max Schoenlein (Greenbrae, CA). We have a core group of committed athletes and together developed a roadmap of short-term and long-term program goals.
Increasing roster size remains our most critical issue. One of the new ways that we will generate awareness on campus is a 24-hour erg marathon in the University Commons building. Please help us spread the word in your communities about PLU Men’s Rowing. Also, if you or a high school athlete you know wants to join us and ride in the launch during a training session, please contact me.
As for equipment, we anticipate acquiring a number of dynamic rowing machines over the summer. These machines better replicate on the water feel compared to the traditional static ergometer. In addition, we plan to acquire another wakeless coaching launch to better ensure the safety of our athletes and improve their experience.
Dave Harvey, Head Coach (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PLU Women's Rowing
We ended the Spring 2018 campaign in a really special way, both the 1V and 2V making the Grand Finals at the NCAA Championships, but more importantly graduating a group of seniors who have been instrumental in bringing the PLU Women’s squad back to the National Stage. These seniors have truly had an impact on me as a coach, and had an impact on the team. They have made me better, they have made the squad better and they will continue to have a great impact in the lives they touch moving forward. This is the first group of seniors who I have coached in my career who I have had the pleasure to coach for 4 years. These seniors were the ones who were rolling their eyes on day one when I told them we would go to the NCAA championships. Our first year’s this year stepped up big time (we had a freshman stroking BOTH the 1V and 2V at the NCAA Champs!). We had one of the largest squads in many years at 40 women and they were as close as though we only had 18.
Looking forward we have a large contingent of athletes who are studying away this Fall and will look to them to spread the good word of Lute Crew across the world while we continue to grow the squad. The 2018-2019 campaign will be focused on the processes of bringing a NCAA Team Championship back to PLU. We will be focused on raising funds to help provide experiences for the team in travel and equipment, because of donations made over the years we were able to take the Nationals group to Florida early to train and prepare in the humidity before then racing at the Championships. This year the focuses will be on raising funds to help with our overall travel budget as well as starting a campaign to purchase an 8+ in order to continue the process of updating our fleet.
I think I speak for the entire returners group when I say how excited we are to welcome a new class of first years! Every class left at PLU now is rather sizable, which means the program really has grown a lot since the senior class that just graduated began their time here. That is so exciting for those of us still here and for those future PLU rowers that don’t even know it yet! Another thing to look forward to is a new assistant coach! While we loved having Delaney and her insight last year, I’m looking forward to the new ideas and inspiration that comes from a new assistant coach.
Now in terms of training, we have a lot to be excited for… we just got in 8 dynamic ergs, which are going to be a great tool this year for replicating a water-like feel on an erg. I’m looking forward to doing some summer training on the new ergs and stepping up my training another level with this new tool. Another thing to be excited for is summer workouts! Andy and Chris have supplied us with our July and August erg/cardio and lifting workouts and I’m stoked to start preparing for another conference championship! We’ve won three consecutive champs and I sure would love to do it all four of my years at PLU. As always, proud to be a Lute!
I’m Bay Faubion, and I hail from Snohomish, Washington (Monroe High School). I am a sophomore, majoring in Business Administration. Last year as a freshman, I was uncertain of my decision to attend PLU, but my grandpa told me to try rowing, so I did. It was the best piece of advice I’ve taken in a while.
My favorite memory with the team was when we all flew down to Sacramento, California for WIRA, an annual competition that we participate in. I was in the novice boat as it was my first year. During our first race, we got third in our heat, because we beat out UC Davis. The race between our boat and their boat was very close. We started to pull away from them in the last 500-600 meters to get our third place position. It was thrilling!
This coming year, I am looking forward to meeting new teammates and hopefully being even more competitive at WIRA with our team. I am proud to be a member of this hardworking PLU Men’s Rowing team.
Parents: Jess and Andrea Faubion
Siblings: Brooke (Freshman at PLU), Beck (Highschool Junior) and Bryn (Highschool Freshman)
Jim Schacht ('83)
Jim Schacht, class of ’83, has deep roots in PLU crew. He had the good fortune to row in high school under Doug Herland. Herly taught Jim to row and coached him at two national juniors competitions. In a four in 1977 Jim placed 7th in the trials for the junior national team. Then in 1978 he won gold at the first National Sports Festival in a combined four with rowers from Seattle’s Lakeside School. After graduating high school in 1979, and with already close ties to PLU crew, Jim began rowing at PLU.
In 1979 PLU had no boathouse. The crew was rowing out of a canoe house on Ft. Lewis. Jim joined the men’s crew in the fall of 1979 and was immediately put in the stroke seat. Highlights of his four years at PLU included stroking the varsity eight and light four for four years and earning his four-year letter blanket. Jim also stroked two light fours at the Western Sprints, placing third in 1981 and winning the championship with Gail Rice, Dave Lemley, Tim Slater and Bob Trondsen in 1982. Despite all that rowing, Jim finished strong academically at PLU by winning the 1983 George Fisher Scholar Athlete Award.
Rowing has been a central part of Jim’s life for over forty years. After PLU Jim rowed at Lake Washington Rowing Club and won gold at the 1984 open nationals. Then he went to law school. Readers of this column will groan to hear that he went to UPS Law School. But it was the only law school in town at the time and it allowed Jim to live at Crystal Bay Resort for four years with Dirk Reese, Scott McBride, Dave Peterson and assorted other folks, and to keep rowing on American Lake.
After graduating from law school and passing the bar in 1987, Jim began his legal career. He has been a prosecutor for Pierce County for nearly 30 years and has almost as much pride in seeking justice for Pierce County’s violent crime victims as he does in rowing. Jim still rows. He has a single at the American Lake boathouse and can be seen chasing Smedley around the lake on sunny Saturday mornings.
He has also been on the Board of Directors for CBRC for many years, and served as President for several years. Jim makes his home on Tacoma’s west side and is married to his law school sweetheart, Gretchen Leanderson. They have two boys, Eric and Peter, both in their twenties.
Hall of Fame Nominations
Please put your thinking caps on and come up with a suggestion for our next Hall of Fame nominee from the rowing crew. We nominated the Rowdown Crew for the 2nd time this past year, but sadly the committee did not choose our selection. Jim Ojala put together a comprehensive nomination, complete with video footage of the 50th anniversary “CruiseDown”. We had hoped they were a shoe-in this time around, but it was not to be.
Here are the elected Hall of Fame members from its inception:1994 – Doug Herland
1999 – Dave Peterson
2003 – Pam Knapp Black
2005 – Paulette Bergh & Ruth Babcock
2013 – Robynn Rockstad-Rex
2015 – Elise Lindborg
As you can see, we have some stalwart oarswomen already inducted. Let’s try to even the score and nominate an oarsman or oarsmen this time.
Thanks for your input! We would need to have your nomination(s) by November 30.
Golden Oar Nominations
As you may be aware, at the 50th Anniversary of PLU Rowing in the spring of 2013, a new award was conceived. Each year, we elect a valued member of our past to be inducted into the Golden Oar Society.
The award was created “to honor those who have committed considerable time, talent & resources in making lasting contributions to the PLU Rowing Program”
Here are the elected Golden Oar Society members:
2013 – The Row Down Crew, consisting of Jim Ojala “Commodore”, Norm Purvis, Jim Wiitala, Bill Brinkmeyer, Rich Holmes, George Wood, Bob Torget, Curt Pearson, Jim Bartlett, Mike Kido, Rolf Morstad, Roger Hansen, Gary Van Hoy & Bob Sullivan.
2014 – Dave “Smed” Peterson
2015 – George E & Linda C Gordon
2016 – Doug “Herly” Herland
2017 – Roger Shanafelt
Please read the criteria carefully and think of someone who would be a worthy candidate.
Thanks for your input! We would need to have your nomination(s) by November 30.