Fall 2014

Rowing Team Takes Another National Title

The Lumberjacks’ varsity eight pulled ahead with 500 meters to go. (submitted)

FOR THE SECOND time in three years, Humboldt State’s rowing program achieved the sport’s pinnacle, capturing the NCAA Division II National Championship in the spring. The program accounts for two of the five total national titles HSU teams have earned since moving to the Division II level in 1980.

HSU’s title came down to an intense three-team battle between the Jacks, 2013 champion Nova Southeastern, and regional rival Western Washington. The Lumberjacks squeezed out the victory by a single point, winning 16-15.

The Lumberjacks’ varsity eight secured the win with a determined effort in the grand final, pulling ahead with 500 meters to go in the 2,000-meter event and holding off Nova Southeastern by two seconds at the finish.

Head Coach Robin Meiggs, who has guided the program for 20 years, was recognized as National Coach of the Year for the second time in her career.

Other national championships earned by Lumberjack programs are softball in 1999 and 2008, and men’s cross country in 1980.