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Lute Crew Alumni Association Update

Women's Rowing Update and Schedule

We are really eager to get this season going, with the changes in the NCAA Qualification for the NCAAs it’s now a very clear cut way to get the team to the NCAA Championships. We certainly have a long way to go and many checkpoints along the way but we know the path, we know the path well, and we are ready for the journey. The team gets back together for meetings starting on Labor Day and then practice will begin on September 18th. We have a new member of the staff. Delaney Goetz will be our new assistant coach she is coming from the University of Washington where she was a 4-year member of the women’s program and coxed many different boats while she was there. She is eager to get going teaching all the new novices and developing them into leaders and champions. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have someone like Delaney who understands the importance of competition, love of the sport, and ultimately being a good teammate.

We have about 30 returners this year and are eager to recruit another 30 novices to join the squad this fall. We want our squad size to be right around 4 8’s competing each day on the water! We have 3 recruited freshman coming in this fall as well and will be rowing with the Varsity. They are from the state of Washington and California.

We can’t wait to get things going this fall in preparation for the Spring of 18′ campaign coming up!

Two competitions against our DIII West coast rivals starting on October 15th at the American Lake Fall Classic.  Then we head to Portland for the Charlie Brown Regatta hosted by Lewis and Clark on the 21st.

Volunteer Opportunity

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Men's Rowing Update and Schedule

PLU Men’s rowing is poised for an exciting 2017-2018. We look forward to building on the momentum generated last year. In September, we will focus on recruiting and establishing good training habits on the water and on land. We will continue to foster a hard-working team culture and develop student leadership within the team.

Our fall race schedule will help our young group gain valuable racing experience and maximize motivation heading into winter training.  Overall for 2017-2018, our main focus will be preparing for the Covered Bridge Regatta and the WIRA Championships in April. We look forward to seeing you at the races and updating you on our progress throughout the year.

The men’s team will compete at the American Lake Fall Classic, Charlie Brown Regatta (Portland, OR) and the Head of the Lake (Seattle, WA) on November 5.

Make a Nomination for Athletic Hall of Fame

Dave Peterson will be taking all names for rowers to be in consideration for the PLU Athletic Hall of Fame.  The deadline for PLU is Feb. 2018.  We need the first and last name, (maiden name if relevant) years row and any accomplishments you would like to highlight.  Dave will do further research on each candidate and the board will vote for the final name to be presented to PLU.   If you have any questions, PLEASE contact Dave Peterson.  We would like all names in by Oct. 31, 2017.  The process can be a bit daunting so let us help you get your peers recognized and join the ranks of other Crew Hall of Famers like:

1994  Doug Herland, crew and coach
1999  David Peterson, crew and coach
2005  Paulette Bergh, crew; Ruth Babcock, crew
2013  Robynn Rockstad-Rex, crew
2015  Elise Lindborg, crew

Alumni Spotlight: Denise (Stelling) Bettinger '86

In the fall of 1983, I met a persistent coach named “Smed” in the cafeteria who talked me into coming to a meeting in Xavier Hall to learn about this “club” called “crew”.  As someone who is deathly afraid of water (and I still am!), I wasn’t sure rowing would be something I would want to do.  But after watching this amazing slideshow and meeting two persuasive rowers name Roger and Jeff, I decided to give it a try.

Fast forward 30 years, I have been rowing with the Annapolis Rowing Club in Annapolis, MD since 1990.  While at ARC, I have helped start the women’s competitive group, structured their current Learn to Row programs and have served on their Board on several occasions.  There have been many successes my teammates and I have shared over the years – Gold, Silver (’02) and Bronze (’15) from Master Nationals, wins at Independence Day, Head of Schuykill and three top ten finishes at Head of the Charles – but as nice as the hardware is, it’s the ladies I row with that make it so memorable.

This past June ended my four-year involvement with Annapolis Junior Rowing.  I served as board member, novice coach and team administrator.   My daughter Shannon and son Sean were AJR rowers.  It doesn’t get any better than to be rowing up to the starting line and watch your child racing down the course.  In 2016, a few of us parents held AJR’s first fundraiser in which $28,000 was raised.  $1,000 was donated by the ’85-’88 PLU crew alumni to have the stroke named in memory of Eric A. Hanson.

This past May, my family travelled to Mercer Lake, NJ to watch the 2017 NCAA Rowing Championships and to cheer for the Lady Lutes.  It was exciting to see the heart of the team both on and off the water; watching them brought back some amazing memories.  I reassured the ladies that from my experience, the friendships you make while rowing at PLU will be lifelong.

You know there aren’t too many former college athletes that can say they are still doing the sport they loved in college….and there are even fewer that can say they can actively participate with their kids in that same sport.   Thanks to PLU Crew, I am one of those lucky few!

-Denise (Stelling) Bettinger ‘86