The Northwest Junior District Championships were held on a flooded Vancouver Lake this past weekend. Vancouver Lake is connected to the Columbia River, so the heavy flow due to the spring melt resulted in the lake being 5 or 6 feet above normal. This led to much less space for boat storage, team tents, and viewing. This has happened before, but it is rare. Luckily, Clark County Parks allowed the event to continue and racing went off without a hitch.
As a team, Baker did well with wins in the Boys Varsity 4+, the Girls Varsity 4+, the Boys 2V 4+, and the Girls 3V 4+. Silver medalists included the Boys Varsity 8+, the Girls Lightweight 8+, the Girls Lightweight 4+, and the Girls 4V 4+. This regatta also serves as the qualifying regatta for the Youth National Championships. As a result, Mount Baker will be sending the Boys Varsity 8+, Girls Lightweight 8+, and Girls Varsity 4+ to Oak Ridge on the weekend of June 10 – 12. Full results can be found here.
I want to take this moment to recognize the hard work of the food volunteers who ensured the athletes, coaches, and chaperones were all well-fed for the entire weekend. This is a daunting task which they accomplished with skill and grace. While Patty Henry and Pat Eadon did most of the organization and legwork for this project, there were many others who volunteered their time to set up, cook, clean, or donate items for the cause. We greatly appreciate it.