The Pacific Lutheran University Men's and Women's Rowing team is competing at the WIRA Championships - essentially the West Coast Championships at Lake Natoma in California.
For generations this regatta has proved to be a pivotal late season regatta. If you were here in the 80's or 90's you raced at WIRA or maybe PCRC's (Pacific Coast Rowing Championships). No matter when you rowed at PLU or if you've been involved for only a short time with PLU Rowing the team has taken a trip to Sacramento, CA to race. This trip though, costs a large amount of money and this is where we need your help.
The Breakdown (for 60 athletes and 4 coaches)
Grand Total: $36,074.00 or $563.65/person
Increasing Roster Sizes
With both the men's and women's roster sizes increasing our desire to provide a world-class experienced for our student-athletes is becoming harder and harder to fulfill without support from alumni, family, friends, and staff. We have seen generous donations over the years and we thank you for that. This is the next step to continuing to enjoy the journey that we have found ourselves on through rowing.
Natoma has played host to the West Coast Championships in many forms for decades. Dating back to 1984 PLU Crews have made the voyage to the Nimbus Flat at Lake Natoma to compete and test their mettle against the best of the West Coast. The WIRA Championships today is essentially every rowing program from Colorado west (excluding Pac-12 Conference Schools) competing for the Championships.
This regatta is a Spring Board to the Lutes Post Season racing and a chance to see if we are going fast enough to continue onto post season competition.
If you have rowed or been a part of the PLU Crew programs over the years, you know the prestige, the team building, and ultimately the great competition that traveling to Sacramento brings for the squad.
We have gathered both the men's and women's teams, key alumni together to combine our efforts in this endeavor. The two teams are one group of young women and men striving to be their best in the classroom and in athletics. Many of these athletes before coming to PLU were not involved in rowing programs, some with little athletic background. Yet, through dedicated training and devotion to becoming a better version of themselves they are now student-athletes. This trip will be a memorable opportunity to compete and continue to build our team. We invite you to help make this a reality by supporting our campaign. Go Lutes!