Jim Ojala presents at Commencement Bay Rowing Club’s Fundraising Dinner

Tuesday, November 15th 2016

Former PLU rower, Jim Ojala speaks at Commencement Bay Rowing Club’s annual fundraising dinner this past week. Traveling down memory lane, he talked about a day that is all too familiar for him. Infamously known as the Rowdown – Ojala highlights that next year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Rowdown crew (Jim Bartlett, Bill Brinkmeyer, Roger Hansen, Rich Holmes, Mike Kido,  Rolf Morstad, Jim Ojala, Norm Purvis, Bob Sullivan, Bob Torget, Gary Van Hoy, Jim Wiitala, George Wood) that rowed through the bitter cold from Seattle to Tacoma. Watch Ojala’s full speech here (Jim Ojala speaks at CBRC)

Welcome Back Fellow Lute Rowers!!

Wednesday, September 14th 2016

Welcome back everybody! We’re excited to welcome in the new season and hope all of you had a great summer and are ready for the crisp fall season. A quick recap of last season, our women won the North West Conference Championship, made a strong run at the NCAA Division III Championships,  coach Andy Foltz is named coach of the year, and our men’s side is coming off a strong season. We would like to welcome the new men’s coach Dave Henry into our PLU Rowing family, be sure to look out for his bio with the other coaches coming soon! Here is a quick rundown of the upcoming fall season:

Fall Practice begins September 19th

·         Fall Racing @ American Lake the weekend of October 15-16, schedule TBA 

·         Black & Gold Regatta on the weekend of October 29th 

·         Head of the Lake, Seattle, Sunday November 6th

So please join us in cheering on our Lutes at these races!

Congratulations On An Amazing Season!

Saturday, May 28th 2016

What a fantastic ride it’s been. Our ladies finish fourth at the NCAA Division III Rowing Championships in Sacramento, California this weekend. The Lutes 2V8 finished the first Grand Finals with a time of 7:21.713 just behind Wellesley (6:59.315), Williams (7:06.509), and winners Bates (6:50.927). In the 1V8 Grand Final our women recorded a time of 6:56.763, finishing fifth behind Wellesley, who took the 1V National Title, leading from start to finish, with a final time of 6:46.100.  Williams (6:47.405) and Wesleyan (6:47.824) finished second and third, respectively. Well done ladies! What a great finish to a fantastic season! We are so proud of all of you! This wraps up the season and we are incredibly excited for next season for both the men and women sides. Eat em’ up Lutes in the offseason!

Lutes Finish Fourth at NCAA Rowing National Championships

Great First Day At The NCAA Division III Championships

Friday, May 27th 2016

An amazing first day of racing in California for our women’s team! Both the 1V and 2V qualified for the Grand Final races that will be set to start on Saturday, where we will race for the NCAA Division III Title. The Lutes 2V finished second behind Williams in a time of 7:42.696.  The 1V finished first in their race, with a time of 7:11.823, 2.4 seconds ahead of second place Ithaca. Read up on what coach Andy Foltz had to say on the Lutes Athletic Page.PLU Boats Set to Race in Both Grand Finals at NCAA Division III Championships

Sydney Otey Wins Elite 90™ Award for NCAA Division III Women’s Rowing Championship

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Congratulations to our very own Sydney Otey for winning the Elite 90™ Award for NCAA Division III Women’s Rowing! What an incredible achievement. “Rowing has been a big part of my PLU experience, but I have never felt the need to choose between academics and athletics. Crew has allowed me to be part of this amazing team while also being able to pursue many of the academic and service opportunities that are available. I’m really lucky to attend a school where I feel fully supported to excel in both.” junior Sydney Otey becomes the first Elite 90 in PLU history ‪#‎GoLutes‬ Check out the full article on the PLU Athletics page

.Sydney Otey Wins Elite 90™ Award for NCAA Division III Women’s Rowing Championship


Tuesday, May 24th 2016

Big SHOUT OUT to the Women’s Crew as they send 2 boats to the NCAA Division III Championships in Sacramento, CA. The Lutes are sending 2 eights, their 1V and 2V leave early this Wednesday for Lake Natoma.

Heats for the 1V and 2V begin on Friday morning. Reps are on Friday afternoon, finals on Saturday. Let the LCAA know if you have additional questions and we’ll get them answered. GO LUTES!

What A Season It’s Been!!! Eat em’ up at National Lutes!!!

Tuesday May 10th 2016

It’s been a whirlwind of news but keep it coming! Our Lute’s have just won our first team bid to the NCAA Division III Championships!!! The race will be on May 27th in Sacramento, California. Congratulations ladies and Coach Foltz, we’re proud of you, and we’ll all be cheering you on!!! For more check out the article on the Lutes Athletic page.

Opening Day

Saturday, May 7th 2016

The PLU Women’s Rowing headed up to Seattle to row through the Montlake Cut on Opening Day. And what a great showing it was! The Lutes came in second with a time of 7:06.5, just behind University of Washington’s A boat (6:55.0). For more please check out the Lute’s Athletic Page.

Women’s Team Keeps On Rolling!

Tuesday, April 26th 2016 

Congratulations to the Pacific Lutheran University Women’s Rowing and Coach Andy Foltz! The women’s team wins the North West Conference Championship and Foltz is named coach of the year! Check out the PLU Athletics page for the Lutes latest achievements.


Lutes Bring Home The Lamberth Cup!

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Check out how our Lutes won in astounding fashion this year!

Here is more coverage of the event!

Holiday Greetings from the LCAA / November meeting

December, 12th 2015

Dear LCAA Members and Friends,

The intent of this letter is to bring everyone up to date on some hot topics that the association has been dealing with over the past month and a half.  On October 17th, we lost a very dear friend and teammate to cancer.  Eric Hanson rowed at PLU in the late 80’s and left an impression on the program and on the hearts of rowers for years to come.  Still rowing in the weeks before his death, many of us chuckled at the fact that it may have only been in a drainage ditch on the side of a highway… but no matter.  All he needed was a boat, two oars, and a water way wide enough to pull those oars!  Many inquiries have come in asking, “How can we honor Eric?”

Eric Hanson Pic
Elise Lindborg and Eric Hanson at the 50th Meyer-Lamberth Gala, April 14, 2013

PLU Crew has been fortunate to receive two endowments over the past 25 years.  The Herland Fund was established by members of the LCAA after the passing of a beloved friend, teammate and coach, Doug Herland in 1989.  In 2015, the University received a generous endowment from the Gordon Family.  As part of that endowment, the LCAA has committed to purchasing a boat in Mark Gordon’s (Rower 1990)  name as soon as possible.  We feel that this commitment is extremely important, and while several folks have discussed purchasing a boat in Eric’s name, we do not feel that at this time that is practical.  It can definitely be something discussed at a later time; however in keeping with the wishes of Eric’s family, we would like to encourage all those inclined, to make a donation in Eric’s name to the Herland Fund.  The Herland Fund supports both the Women’s and Men’s crew programs – as Eric did with his hard work and dedication to the operations, coaching, and support of both crews while he was attending PLU.    Family members specifically acknowledged Eric’s love of the entire team!

We encourage anyone interested in making a donation in Eric’s name to contact Lauralee Hagen at: or (253) 535-7203

Additionally, there has been discussion with the current Men’s Coach, Lori Clark, to allow us to change the name from the Pocock Inspirational Award to the Eric Hanson Inspirational Award.  Traditionally, this award has been bestowed upon the rower who has most inspired their teammates and provided leadership for the crew.  It is our hope to be able to provide a plaque for the boathouse that will be updated each year with the recipient names.  This will be one way we can continue to grow the legacy of the program and the awesome people that have bent oar at PLU.  (Coxswains not excluded.) J

Other topics we have been discussing include supporting the crew in the upcoming 2016 season, most notably the 40th Anniversary of the Lamberth Cup on April 10th, fulfilling our goals of honoring past rowers via the Golden Oar Society and continuing to have alumni socials where we connect via BBQ, rowing events and other venues.  Erik Benson has already volunteered his awesome abode for the Opening Day Celebration, May 7th, 2016.  Please mark your calendars for these events!  We are hopeful to have Dave and Patsy Johnson in town for the Johnson Cup on April 10th.  This is the women’s alumni race in its 4th year.  Of course, we will be hoping to fill several boats to compete for the Neil’s Cup as well.

In order to make the Lute Crew Alumni Association a success, we need your help.  Any time, energy or resources you can commit to the LCAA is appreciated.  We would like a volunteer to take the lead in working with Coach Andy, from the Women’s team, in an effort to have a special celebration of the 40th Lamberth Cup.  We would also appreciate volunteers to host an alumni tent at regattas.  We are very fortunate to have Sheri Koehn as part of our team and she helps with the Facebook posts and our website.  If you haven’t yet signed up for the PLU Alumni site, please do so.  That way you will be sure to receive updates, calendars and invites.  Visit:

Our regularly scheduled meetings are the last Wednesday of each month.  December 30th will likely be strictly a conference call or email exchange of updates.  Please reach out to me if you have any ideas you would like added to our agenda.  We will be posting this letter to the alumni website.  A link will appear on the Facebook so folks that are not on the email can be informed as well.

Thankful for all of YOU this Thanksgiving Season!

Kathy Corey
LCAA Secretary / PLU ‘91



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