A hildy-wildy spring

Spring was a battle against the elements as well as against opposing teams for the Loggers, as the 2007–08 year concluded with rain, hail, sleet, and even a bit of snow. But the excitement this spring wasn’t all meteorological: it included a sixth-straight invitation for the women’s crew team to the NCAA Championships, held this year at Lake Natoma near Sacramento, Calif. Consistently among the top schools in the rankings the entire year, the Loggers rowed to a third place in the championships, their best finish since 2003.

Also earning a trip to the NCAA Championships was the women’s track duo of Caitlin McGrane ’10 and Brittany Hodgson ’08. McGrane qualified to compete in the heptathlon, finishing 10th, while Hodgson ran in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing 18th.

Nearly making the NCAA Tournament field for what would have been the first time in school history was the women’s lacrosse team, which played to a 10–3 record as an NCAA Division III independent. The offensively powerful Loggers outscored their opponents 203–134 on the year.

On the diamond, Michael Olsen ’08 rewrote the Logger record books by setting new single-season marks for home runs (14) and walks (34) to lead the Puget Sound baseball team. Softball catcher Valarie Barone ’08 threw out a conference-best 13 runners in 2008, picking off another three runners, as she earned Second Team All-Northwest Conference honors.

The men’s doubles team of Jamie Hosmer ’09 and Sam McCullough ’09 gave the Loggers something to be proud of, earning an invitation to the prestigious Ojai Valley Tournament in California. After proving their skill against some of the best collegiate tennis players on the West Coast, it is safe to say Hosmer and McCullough can look forward to an exciting 2009.

— Chris Thompson