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Lute Crew Alumni Association Update

Women's Rowing Update and Schedule

The women’s squad is at just over 4 8’s of women. We have been training hard and through all the cold weather we have been having. The team is excited to get racing and is dialed in on trying to make another Northwest Conference Championship run.  The squad is also in the process of mailing out to all the female alumni a fundraising letter (our only fundraising effort of the year).  We have a goal of raising as close to $7,000 that we can to help offset travel costs to take a split squad trip.. one group to Boston, MA to race the defending National Champs (Bates College) as well as some other east coast powerhouses. Check out the women’s racing schedule.

Andy Folz
Women’s Head Coach PLU Crew

Upcoming Events

LCAA will be having a potluck get together on Opening Day, May 5th.  We will have a tent set up next to the old boat house at the start of the Montlake Cut.  Join us as we cheer on the PLU CREW.  If you have questions or would like to help out, please email katcorey1@gmail.com or Damnelson1999@gmail.com, for more information.
It is our hope to present the Golden Oar Award to our newest recipient. 

Men's Rowing Update and Schedule

Last year, with only two experienced athletes, we focused on learning the sport of rowing.  This year, the team is learning to compete in the sport of rowing.  To that end, we have raised expectations in several areas.  Over the winter, we added some new members but also saw a few members depart.  We enter this spring season with a small, dedicated group of athletes.  Our roster size is the same as last year but fitness is significantly improved compared to this same point last year.

To help the athletes gain experience, we added two new races to the spring schedule.  We are excited for our first race at the PLU Invite on March 10.  The team is posed to get faster as the season progresses, especially with the opportunity to train twice per day over spring break.  The added race against Lewis & Clark and UPS on the day of the NW Conference Championships will provide valuable preparation just before WIRA.  In Sacramento, we will have more athletes and enter more races than we did last year.

We are incredibly grateful to all of the alumni, family and friends who donated to our recent crowd funding effort.  Together we raised over $15,000.  We are excited to take delivery of a 4+ from Pocock later this season.  We will provide details on the name and delivery timeline in the current weeks. Check out the men’s racing schedule.

Dave Harvey
Men’s Head Coach PLU Crew

Golden Oar Society: 2017 Inductee is Roger Shanafelt

Roger Shanafelt was a varsity lightweight rower for 4 years and in his junior and senior years won silver and bronze medals, respectively, at West Coast Championships in light 4.

Additionally, Roger was a founding member of the LCAA and instrumental in its growth and success. He acted as President through the formative years and was instrumental in leading the 50th reunion to a hugely successful outcome.

Roger is an active supporter of crew through “being there” at regattas and important functions. He has, also, been a generous ongoing financial contributor towards new equipment for the rowing program, and made financial contributions to the LCAA.

Alumni Spotlight: Lori (Huseth) Clark '79

Lori rowed under Coach Uncle Smedley (Dave Peterson). During her time as a rower, Lori rowed with wood boats and oars from the old boathouse in the “inlet” with access though Ft. Lewis gates. The coach and rowers adapted the Ft Lewis canoe and kayak building into a “kinda usable” temporary shell-house and then built their own 100 foot long dock with no plans. She, also, competed in the first Lamberth Cup, and Women’s Nationals in Detroit 1979.  Lori rowed at Mission Bay Rowing Club 1979-80.

After graduation, Lori was the volunteer assistant coach to Dave Peterson for PLU Crew 1980-81. She, then, coached Men’s and Women’s Crew Club at University of Oregon 1981-1982 while in Graduate school. UO Crew honored Clark by naming one of their first UO owned shells the “Huseth.

Lori taught health & fitness classes at Chemeketa Community College for 35 year in Salem, OR, and she is currently teaching part time for Green River College in Auburn and Kent, WA. While in Oregon, Lori helped to form the Salem Rowing Club and taught rowing classes for the club and at Chemeketa. Additionally, she helped to advise Willamette Crew upon its inception. Lori  coached PLU Men’s Rowing, club sport, in 2015-2016. Moreover, she earned US Rowing Level 2 Coach Certificate 2016.

Lori has been an active member of the LCAA since 2013. She raised 3 boys (none of which followed her footsteps in rowing), and she is currently training and competing, sweep and sculling, with the Commencement Bay Rowing Club at American Lake.

The joy of the sport never leaves your heart. . .