Another League-leading year for Logger teams

For the second straight year the Loggers were crowned the best in the Northwest, winning the Northwest Conference McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy with the highest point total in eight years.

In the fall UPS teams used conference titles in men’s and women’s soccer, and runner-up finishes in men’s and women’s cross country to surge ahead of the pack with 94 points, a full first-place finish (18 points) ahead of second-place Whitworth.

In the winter season the Loggers continued to pull ahead, winning the NWC women’s swimming title for the 11th consecutive season and sharing the women’s basketball crown with George Fox. With third-place finishes in men’s basketball and men’s swimming, UPS added 58 points to its total to extend its lead.

Spring was highlighted by a NWC title from the women’s golf team, and a second-place finish in women’s tennis brought the Loggers’ total to 253 points. Other NWC teams followed: Linfield (241), Whitworth (238), Willamette and Pacific Lutheran (tie, 187), George Fox (135), Whitman (126), Lewis and Clark (122), and Pacific (103).

Spring post-season highlights
The women’s rowing team finished the regular season at the top of the West Region, which qualified them to send two varsity eight boats to the NCAA Division III Championships at Oak Ridge, Tenn. The women finished the regatta in fourth place. It was the fifth straight year the Loggers participated in the NCAA Championships and the third time UPS finished fourth nationally.

Five women were honored by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association. Sarah Armstrong ’09 was named a First Team All-American, while Taylor Anderson ’09, Emma Green ’08, Larissa Keeler ’09, and Nicola Onnis ’08 were all named CRCA Scholar-Athletes. Head Coach Sarah Canfield was voted Co-Coach of the Year by her peers in the WIRA.

In April the Logger men’s varsity four crew of Steven Souvall ’09, Alex Twist ’08, Tristan Orford ’08, Travis Titus ’07, and coxswain Chris Sheppard ’08 took the gold medal in the grand final at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship. “They’re quite a crew,” said Men’s Rowing Coach Michael Hagmann. “Together they have the highest GPA of any crew I’ve coached in the past nine years.”

The finish at the WIRA earned the men’s four-plus-coxswain the opportunity to compete at the national level, rowing against 34 of the best programs in the country at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship in Camden, N.J., from May 31 to June 2. It was the first time in program history that the men have qualified a boat for the national championship.

The Loggers proved they belong in that competition, recording the third best time in the varsity four time trials. The boat didn’t fair as well in the next day’s semifinal round, but still wrapped up with a third place finish in the petite final, and ninth overall.