Team News

Now recruiting for Spring 2019!  

Interested in rowing?  We are seeking new rowers and coxswains.  No experience required.  Contact Coach Dave ( for more information or with any questions.

Team members are expected to work hard in the classroom, on the water, in the erg room and in the weight room.  We believe that through hard work, fun, challenging ourselves and supporting each other we learn, become stronger and realize our potential.

Rowing is a unique team sport that requires mental toughness, a commitment to the success of the team and a willingness to push your physical limits.  PLU Men’s Rowing provides an avenue for fitness, fun, teamwork, competition, and lifelong friendships.

Leave the campus world to train on American Lake where you will experience the challenge of both strength and finesse; coming together as a team to move the boat with a combination of power and technique.  

The spring season begins in early February and will include 6 regattas against west coast schools.  The season culminates with the WIRA Championship Regatta in Sacramento, CA. 

The Men’s Rowing team will seek to continue building on its recent success.  Rowing at PLU is a long-standing tradition and is backed by a generous alumni board.  

New shell to be named in honor of 1970 V4+ that finished 3rd at National Championships.

The support of over 65 donors helped the team purchase a Pocock 4+ in 2018.  We are incredibly grateful for the generous support we received from alumni, family, faculty, staff and friends.  The boat represents a significant upgrade to our fleet and  will serve the program for many years to come.

The shell will be named in honor of the 1970 PLU Men’s Varsity 4+ which defeated the University of Washington twice that season and finished 3rd at the IRA National Championships.  

Our first race of the Spring 2019 season will be the PLU Invite on March 9 at Harry Todd Park on American Lake. You are invited to join us that morning as we dedicate the shell before racing begins.  We look forward to seeing you there.  

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2019-2020 Schedule   
10/13/19American Lake Fall ClassicAmerican Lake8am
10/26/19vs Lewis & Clark, UPS and Western WashgintonTBD8am
11/03/19Head of the Lake RegattaSeattle WA8am
03/07/20PLU InvitationalAmerican Lake8am
03/14/20Logger InvitationalAmerican Lake8am
03/15/20Meyer/Lamberth Cups and Alumni RegattaAmerican Lake8am
March 2020Husky OpenAmerican Lake8am
April 2020Covered Bridge RegattaDexter OR8am
April 2020Rainier CupVancouver Lake8am
April 24-26 2020WIRA ChampionshipsSacramento CA8am
NameHometownMajorClass Year
Isaiah BankenWenatchee WA2022
Bay FaubionSnohomish WAComputer Science2021
Jack HalseyPortland OREngineering and Physics2020
Aleksander JensenOslo, NorwayBusiness2021
Cole Johnson2022
Holly KnutsenMonument CO2021
Ethan MarshmanFox Island WAPre-Med2022
Sophia McDonaldOakland CA2022
Liam O'KaneVentura CAComputer Science2021
George PriggeYelm WAEconomics2020
Austin RichardsonMontrose CO2021
Joel RobisonPortland OR2022
Max SchoenleinGreenbrae CANursing2020
William SensemanDenver CO2020
Dave HarveyWorcester, MAharveydp@plu.eduCoach

Fall 2018 Re-cap

The PLU Men’s Rowing team utilized its 8-week fall 2018 season to lay the foundation for an exciting spring campaign. The Fall 2018 season began with a very successful recruiting effort. To increase awareness on campus at the start of fall semester, our returning athletes competed a 24-hour erg relay at the Anderson University Center.   

Throughout the season, we had great leadership from our captains: Bay Faubion, George Prigge and Max Schoenlein. The novice group exhibited great energy and commitment to learning. The experienced athletes rowed in mixed lineups for most of the season. Their dedication to the development of the team paid off with results on the water by season’s end.

Our first race of the season was the American Lake Fall Classic. The regatta provided a great opportunity for novice rowers to complete their first race on familiar waters. Both of our 4+s beat the entry from Seattle University.

Next, we raced at the Puget Sound Autumn Invitational versus Western Washington, University of Puget Sound, Seattle University and Lewis & Clark. The highlight of the day was the novice effort in back-to-back 2,000 meter races. Our top novice 4+ finished 2nd to UPS in the first round. They rebounded in the second round and beat all six of the other entries, including an 18-second margin over the 2nd place boat. Our second novice 4+ split their races with UPS, winning the first round.

Racing concluded at the 38th Annual Head of the Lake Regatta in Seattle. Our 8+, which included four novice rowers, had a solid outing as the only entry from a non-Division 1 team.  The boat regrouped after a slow start in Lake Union and their time through the second and third checkpoints was on pace with Gonzaga. The Varsity 4+ finished ahead of both Western Washington and Oregon. They had a solid middle of the race gaining time on both UC Davis and Washington State through the Montlake Cut.