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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 04/05/2008
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April 5, 2008

SAN DIEGO - In its first race of the spring season, the No. 15 Washington State University rowing team proved it was ready, advancing all three competing crews into Sunday's Grand Finals at the San Diego Crew Classic.

The varsity eight placed second in its heat with a time of 6:27.94 less than a second behind Pacific-10 opponent No. 4 USC (6:27.0). The Cougars outstroked cross-state rival No. 17 Washington as well as No. 16 Clemson and Purdue. The varsity eight will compete for the Jessop-Whittier Cup Sunday, April 6, at 9 a.m.

The second varsity eight also placed second in its heat, finishing ahead of Clemson, Louisville, KSU, USD, and Sacramento State. The crew advances to the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy Grand Final set to begin at 10:15 a.m. Sunday.

Rounding out the Cougar's successful day was the novice eight, placing first in its, a full 13 seconds ahead of second place UCD. The first place finish advances the crew to the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy Grand Final scheduled for 11:20 a.m.

"It was so great to finally get a race under our belt," head coach Jane LaRiviere said. "We are really looking forward to tomorrow."

Cougar crews also raced Saturday at the Husky Invitational at Seattle highlighted by a first place finish by the third varsity eight. The crew defeated race host and Pac-10 rival Washington with a time of 6:54.9.

San Diego Crew Classic, San Diego (Mission Bay)
Jessop-Whittier Cup Prelim A
Varsity Eight

1. USC 6:27.0
2. Washington State 6:27.94
3. Washington 6:29.5
4. Clemson 6:30.03
5. Purdue 6:48.22

Hungness Trophy Prelim A
Second Varsity Eight

1. USC 6:40.4
2. Washington State 6:43.18
3. Clemson 6:47.95
4. Louisville 6:50.96
5. KSU 6:52.03
6. USD 7:01.76
7. Sacramento State 7:04:75

Korholz Perpetual Trophy Prelim B
Novice Eight

1. Washington State 7:04.2
2. UCD 7:17.29
3. USD 7:37.98
4. UCSB 7:45.58
5. Sonoma 7:54.73

Husky Invitational, Seattle (Montlake Cut)
Varsity Four

1. UW 7:20.4
2. UW 7:29.3
3. WSU 7:42.0
4. WSU 7:44.8

Novice Eight

1. UW 7:09.9
2. Gonzaga 7:22.0
3. WSU 7:36.2

Novice Four

1. UW 8:02.0
2. WSU 8:15.5
3. WSU 8:35.1
4. Gonzaga 8:49.4
5. Gonzaga DNF

Varsity Eight

1. WSU 6:54.9
2. UW 7:03.6
3. UW 7:39.6
4. UW 7:46.5

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