Former VLC rowers win collegiate championships
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Former Vancouver Lake Crew teammates Reiner Hershaw and J.C. Russell each rowed to championships at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships on June 2 on the Cooper River near Cherry Hill, N.J.
Four years after placing sixth as a pair at junior nationals in 2008, they won races for different schools.
Hershaw rowed with UW's Men's Open Four that finished in 6 minutes, 15.257 seconds, nearly 2 seconds ahead of runner-up Wisconsin. Russell rowed with Navy's Varsity Lightweight Four that finished in 6:18.126, more than 2 seconds ahead of runner-up Cornell.
Washington won the team crown, with Navy 10th.
The two rowers have more in common. Hershaw was recently commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. Russell is slated to graduate next spring as a U.S. Navy or USMC officer.