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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
WSU Finishes Sixth at Pac-12 Rowing Championships
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/18/2014
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GOLD RIVER, Calif. – The Cougars’ varsity four crew led the way for WSU with a fourth-place finish, as Washington State University women’s rowing placed sixth as a team at the Pac-12 Championships, Sunday, in calm water and good weather conditions at Lake Natoma near Sacramento, Calif.

“I think things went really well today, everyone raced really hard,” WSU head coach Jane LaRiviere said. “We showed some late-season speed and it’s always good when we finish ahead of our seed time, which we did in two of the races. It’s awesome to race in the Pac-12 and hopefully the NCAA sees it that way when championship selections are made Tuesday.”

For the third-straight year the 15th-ranked Cougars finished sixth with 17.5 points, just one point behind No. 8 USC in fifth with 18.5 points. No. 3 Stanford captured its first Pac-12 Championship, finishing with 44.5 points, 9 points ahead of seventh-ranked Washington in second with 35.5 points. Fourth-ranked California did not win for the first time since 2007, finishing third with 32 points. UCLA, ranked 12th in the nation, started strong as it held second place until the final event and finished fourth with 27 points. No. 19 Oregon State came in seventh at the championships with 7 points.

WSU’s varsity four crew (coxswain – Rebecca Burns, stroke – Ieva Adomaviciute, Kim Coon, Alyssa Rumann, bow – Ella Odland) started in lane 5 and quickly passed USC to jump into fourth less than 500 meters into the race. Stanford got out to an early lead which slowly increased, to take first with a time of 7:13.2. The Cardinal were followed by Washington in second, less than 5 seconds behind at 7:17.1 and California in third (7:19.8). The Bruins of UCLA were able to pass USC in the final 500 meters and the Cougars held on for fourth with a time of 7:30.5. UCLA placed fifth with a time of 7:33.5 followed by USC (7:35.8) and Oregon State (7:47.4).

The Cougars’ second varsity eight crew (coxswain – Emily Boquet, stroke – Megan McDonald, Emily Starkel, Noel Christiansen, Mollie McCabe, Chloe Rogers, Carter Marks, Kendall Boliba, bow – Isabella Watt)  finished one place ahead of its seeding, coming in fifth with a time of 6:41.8, just over a second behind fourth-place Washington with a time of 6:40.6. WSU finished just over 5 seconds ahead of USC in sixth, which clocked a time of 6:47.2. Stanford won the race with a time of 6:34.2, followed by UCLA in second (6:37.1) and California in third (6:39.2).

The closest race of the day came in the varsity eight event, as the Cougars (coxswain – Sarah Wu, stroke – Jordan Watson, Mihaela-Teodora Berindei, Elise Jones, Alex Waddell, Nicole Hare, Morgan Cathrea, Hannah deVos, bow – Mickey Aylard) matched their seeding, finishing sixth while clocking a time of 6:30.8, and were just edged out by UCLA which finished with a time of 6:29.5, just over a second ahead of WSU. The Cougars avoided a second-straight tie with the Beavers, finishing 0.2 seconds ahead of Oregon State (6:31.0). Once again the final event of the day determined several places as Washington, California and USC each moved up a place in the standings, while UCLA and Washington State each fell at least one spot as UCLA dropped from second to fourth and WSU went from fifth to sixth.“The varsity eight showed great courage today,” LaRiviere said. “They were side-by-side with Oregon State the entire race and never gave up.”

In the first race of the day, WSU’s novice crew (coxswain – Zoey Haver, stroke – Jessi Howe, Lori VerMurlen, Christina Larsen, Jordyn Erno, Hunter Jones, Hannah Erickson, Brittany Brooks, bow – Kacie Hillery) also matched its seeding heading into the event with a fifth-place finish with a time of 7:09.9, just over four seconds ahead of Oregon State in sixth with a time of 7:14.9. The Cougars’ novice fell to Oregon State in dual action two weeks ago. Washington won the event with a time of 6:49.8. UCLA was second with a time of 6:54.8, followed by Stanford (third, 7:01.8) and California (fourth, 7:02.8).

The Cougars will now await the selections for the NCAA Rowing Championships which will take place at Eagle Creek Park at Indianapolis, Ind., May 30-June 1. The selections will be announced by the NCAA Tuesday, May 20 at www.NCAA.com.

Pac-12 Championship
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Final Results

Women’s Team Scores
1. Stanford – 44.5
2. Washington – 35.5
3. California – 32
4. UCLA – 27
5. USC – 18.5
6. Washington State – 17.5
7. Oregon State – 7

Women’s Varsity Eight
1. Stanford – 6:20.8 (21)
2. Washington – 6:21.9 (18)
3. California – 6:22.5 (15)
4. USC – 6:24.9 (12)
5. UCLA – 6:29.5 (9)
6. Washington State – 6:30.8 (6)
7. Oregon State – 6:31.0 (3)

Women’s Second Varsity Eight
1. Stanford – 6:43.2 (14)
2. UCLA – 6:37.1 (12)
3. California – 6:39.2 (10)
4. Washington – 6:40.6 (8)
5. Washington State – 6:41.8 (6)
6. USC – 6:47.2 (4)
7. Oregon State – 6:52.4 (2)

Women’s Varsity Four
1. Stanford – 7:13.2 (7)
2. Washington – 7:17.1 (6)
3. California – 7:19.8 (5)
4. Washington State 7:30.5 – (4)
5. UCLA – 7:33.5 (3)
6. USC – 7:35.8 (2)
7. Oregon State – 7:47.4 (1)

Women’s Novice Eight
1. Washington – 6:49.8 (3.5)
2. UCLA – 6:54.8(3)
3. Stanford – 7:01.8 (2.5)
4. California – 7:02.8 (2)
5. Washington State – 7:09.9 (1.5)
6. Oregon State – 7:14.9 (1)
7. USC – 7:19.8 (0.5)

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