Rowing Head Coach Jane LaRiviere is presented with the "Win It Right" Award from Spokane Cougar Club President Paul Sorensen during Thursday's (Aug. 15) Cougar Sports Banquet at the Coeur d'Alene Resort.
The award, sponsored by the Spokane Cougar Club, is presented annually to a Cougar Athletic program that best represents excellence in academics and athletics.
In 2013, the Cougar rowing program earned its seventh team appearance at the NCAA Championships and their eighth overall. WSU has made the championships three of the last four seasons.
The Cougars finished 14th overall and the varsity four placed sixth, marking the second-highest finish by a WSU varsity four crew in just its second trip to the Grand Final. In addition, for the second-straight season, the Cougar novice eight placed third at the Pac-12 Championships.
Freshman Ieva Adomaviciute became the first Cougar rower to earn a conference award, being named the Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year. She was also named to the 2013 Pocock All-America First team, announced by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA).
Academically, the program earned a cumulative GPA of 3.34 and seven student-athletes were named to Pac-12 All-Academic Team (Katie Dick, Brianna Gould, Elise Jones, Erin Schuster, Jennifer Hale, Heidi Kim, Erin Ranney) while 13 more received Honorable Mention honors (Kendall Boliba, Liana DeMaris, Gina Head, Stephanie Hinkle, Samantha Hoeper, Carly Johnson, Megan McDonald, Alyssa Rumann, Alison Smith, Kellen Srb, Emily Starkle, Alex Waddell, Sarah Wu.)
The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association named Katie Dick, Elise Jones, Erin Schuster, and Sarah Wu as National Scholar Athletes.
Additionally, Dick was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women's At-Large Second Team, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Dick, who graduated with a degree in Philosophy in May with a a 3.98 GPA, became the first Cougar rower to earn Academic All-America honors.