Oct. 28, 2009
What's Happening This Week: The Washington State University women's rowing team will host the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Annual Head of the Snake Regatta Friday, Oct. 30.
The 2009 Head of the Snake: WSU will square off with Gonzaga at Wawawai Landing, the home course of the Cougars...women's racing begins with the first flight at 2:30 p.m., and will also include the third flight at 4:00 p.m....the men's clubs will compete in the second and fourth flights at 2:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. respectively.
About the Head of the Snake: In its seventh year, the Head of the Snake features a 5,000 meter stretch of the Snake River...race is in "head" format, which in Friday's case means the boats will start at 15 second intervals, racing both the clock and each other...for spectators the boats start out of sight, eventually finishing in front of the boathouse to the cheer of the crowd...WSU varsity eight crew has gone undefeated against the Bulldogs at the Head of the Snake six consecutive years, and will look to add to that total Friday.
Last Year at the Head of the Snake: Washington State captured four of its six races against Gonzaga...Cougar varsity eight won by finishing the course with a time of 20:29.01...the WSU second and third varsity eight also claimed victory, finishing with times of 21:13.85, and 20:56.29 respectively...the Cougar novice eight and second novice eight lost their races against the Bulldogs, but each improved on its time from the previous week, finishing with times of 24:12.51 and 26:38.55 respectively...the WSU third novice eight won its race by more than two minutes, finishing with a time of 23:47.40.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on racing at home: "We are very excited to be hosting Gonzaga at home this weekend. It's always fun to race on the Snake and we hope lots of people can make it down to watch."
Head of the Snake Flight Schedule:
Flight One - 2:30 p.m.: Women's varsity eight, second varsity eight, third varsity eight, novice eight, second novice eight, novice lightweight eights.
Flight Two - 2:45 p.m.: Men's varsity eight, novice eight, second novice eight.
Flight Three - 4:00 p.m.: Women's fourth varsity eight, third novice eight.
Flight Four - 4:15 p.m.: Men's second varsity eight, third varsity eight, third novice eight, fourth novice eight, fifth novice eight, varsity four.
Head of the Snake Line-ups:
Follow the Cougs: The Cougars can be followed all season long via the WSU Rowing blog, Tales from the Snake, which can be accessed HERE.
Last Time Out: WSU opened its fall season by squaring off with Gonzaga at the Head of the Spokane Oct. 24, 2009...Cougars defeated the Bulldogs in four out of six races...the varsity eight raced the fastest time of the day, completing the 5,000 meter course on the Spokane River in 17:38...the Cougar second varsity eight, third varsity eight, fourth varsity eight and novice eight also finished faster than Gonzaga...both the WSU second novice eight and third novice eight dropped its race against the Bulldogs.
Coaching Staff: Jane LaRiviere is in her eighth year as head coach of the WSU women's rowing program...the Cougars have raced in four NCAA Championships under LaRiviere, including a ninth place finish in 2008...she is joined by assistant coach Tara Medina, novice coach Corrie McGrath, and graduate assistant Crystal Culp...Medina is in her fourth year as an assistant, after coaching one year for Michigan...McGrath begins her second year coaching at WSU, after coaching stints at Clemson and the University of Central Florida...Culp is also in her second year at WSU, after coaching in Canada and Michigan for the previous three years.
On Tap for Next Week: The Cougars will travel to Seattle to compete in the Head of the Lake Regatta Sunday, Nov. 8...Pac-10 rival Washington will host the event.
Directions to the WSU Boathouse at Wawawai Landing: From Highway 195 (north or south), turn west on Wawawai Road at the blinking yellow light...travel on Wawawai Road for 10 miles, the road will end at a stop sign...turn right and drive six miles down into the canyon...go past the county park on the right and over the railroad tracks...the boathouse is a cinderblock building on the right...park on the side of the road or in the parking lot south of the boathouse.