WSU Rowing Heads to San Diego: Washington State University women’s rowing, ranked 14th in the nation, travels south to compete at the 2014 San Diego Crew Classic Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6 at San Diego’s Mission Bay.
The 2014 San Diego Crew Classic:The 2014 San Diego Crew Classic begins at 7:20 a.m. Saturday, April 5...this weekend marks the 41st year of the regatta...it is one of the largest regattas in the world held for primarily eight-oared rowing shells...it takes place at Mission Bay on a 2,000 meter course...the course begins near the Sea World towers and finishes at Crown Point Shore...the regatta features high school junior programs, collegiate teams, master’s clubs, and Olympic-level competiton...there will be more than 4,000 athletes competing in close to 100 races over the weekend...there are two or three opening heats for each event and the top three teams (for two-heat events) or two teams (for three-heat events) will advance to the Grand Final...for two heat events, the next three finishers advance to the Petite Final if scheduled...for three heat events, the next two finishers advance to the Petite Final if scheduled and the following two finishers advance to the Third Final if scheduled...the Cougars will face some of the premiere college crews in the country including nationally ranked California (second), Washington (fourth), USC (sixth), and UCLA (10th)...WSU will compete in the Women’s Collegiate Varsity Invitational - Jessop-Whittier Cup; the Women’s Collegiate Varsity 4+ - Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup; the Women’s Collegiate 2V - Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy; and the Women’s Collegiate Novice - Laurel Korholz Perpetual Trophy.
Last Time at the San Diego Crew Classic: Last year at the San Diego Crew Classic, the second varsity eight won the Petite Final and finished nearly seven seconds ahead of second place Iowa...the varsity eight and novice eight each placed second in their respective Petite Finals...competing in the Grand Final for the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup, the varsity four finished sixth behind No. 6 USC, No. 9 UCLA, No. 7 Washington, and behind the A and B boats of No. 1 Virginia with a time of 7:35.10.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the San Diego Crew Classic: "It looks really competitive and really tough as usual. Of course our biggest competition is going to be UCLA, USC, and Washington. We just want to build on the race we had a couple of weeks ago against Gonzaga. It was a pretty good first outing, but we have to get faster. With each passing week we have to take care of the things that we identify race-to-race and improve to go faster. This crowd is a really good group to work with. They have been working really hard and it is nice to see them coming together in their various boats."
Coaching Staff: Jane LaRiviere is in her 12th year as head coach of the WSU women’s rowing program...the Cougars have raced in seven NCAA Championships under LaRiviere...she is joined by assistant Josh Adam, novice coach Corrie McGrath and graduate assistant Devon Carroll...Adam is in his fourth year after coaching his prior two years at Indiana...McGrath is in her sixth year at WSU, after coaching stints at Clemson and Central Florida...Carroll is in her second year with the Cougars.
Next up for the Cougars: The Cougars will head to Seattle and square off against Washington in dual action Saturday, April 12.