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WSU Rowing to Open Fall Season in Oklahoma City
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 10/11/2007
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Oct. 11, 2007

What's Happening This Week: The Cougars will head to Oklahoma City to take part in the Head of the Oklahoma...Washington State University will be competing in the Women's Collegiate four, the Women's Championship pairs and the Women's Collegiate eight NightSprint Qualifier on Saturday as well as the Women's Championship eight on Sunday.

The 2007 Head of the Oklahoma: The Women's Collegiate four will be the first event of the weekend and will begin at 9 a.m...the Cougar varsity four squads will start sixth and seventh in a field of 15...the Cougar varsity pair will race at 10:45 a.m. and squads will start second, sixth, eighth, and 12th in a field of 12...the Women's Collegiate eight NightSprints will begin at 2 p.m. and WSU boats will start seventh and eighth in a field of 17... the varsity eight boats will race in the Women's Collegiate Championship eight at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday...the head race course is 2.5 miles...participants race in a clockwise pattern starting at the east end of the basin...NightSprints are 500 meters and the top 12 teams from the qualifier will advance to the final at 9:50 p.m.

About the Head of the Oklahoma: The Head of the Oklahoma began in 2004 in commemoration of Oklahoma City University's centennial...last year the regatta drew 1,000 athletes from teams such as Harvard, Navy and the United States National Team...the event also attracted 30,000 spectators last year...more information regarding the event, including results, can be found at

Head of the Oklahoma Lineups:

Women's Collegiate 4+
Boat A:  Irena Neffeova, Karin Brevick, Amy Brevick, Hannah Rothstrom, Corina Chilibeck (cox)
Boat B:  Sarah Powell, Kyann Martin, Erica Lewis, Tiana Rodriquez, Kelly O'Brien (cox)
Women's Championship 2-
Boat A:  Monica Teague, Jamie Deyette
Boat B:  Michelle Mindemann, Lauren Johnson
Boat C:  Pip Summerville, Melissa Cantlay
Boat D:  Carly Farris, Erica Jorgensen
Women's Collegiate 8+ NightSprint Qualifier
Boat A:  Irena Neffeova, Sarah Powell, Amy Brevick, Karin Brevick, Tiana Rodriquez, Hannah Rothstrom, Kyann Martin, Erica Lewis, Kelly O'Brien (cox)
Boat B:  Jamie Deyette, Carly Farris, Lauren Johnson, Monica Teague, Erika Jorgenson, Pip Summerville, Michelle Mindemann, Melissa Cantlay, Corina Chilibeck (cox)
Women's Championship 8+
Boat A:  Irena Neffeova, Karin Brevick, Amy Brevick, Sarah Powell, Kyann Martin, Hannah Rothstrom, Tiana Rodriquez, Erica Lewis, Corina Chilibeck (cox)
Boat B:  Jamie Deyette, Monica Teague, Lauren Johnson, Carly Farris, Erika Jorgenson, Pip Summerville, Michelle Mindemann, Melissa Cantlay, Kelly O'Brien (cox)

WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Head of the Oklahoma: "Head of the Oklahoma has really been coming on strong and they seem to be running a really fun event. There's a whole separate elite rowing regatta going on within the regatta and it's always a treat when our kids get to see the teams that potentially will be competing in the Olympics next summer"

Coaching Staff: Jane LaRiviere enters her sixth year as WSU head women's rowing coach...Cougars earned a program-best fourth place at the NCAA National Championships in 2006 under LaRiviere...she is joined by assistant Tara Medina, novice coach Christina Meyer, and graduate assistant Paul Hawksworth...Medina is in her second year as an assistant...she joins WSU women's rowing after coaching one year at Michigan...Meyer is entering her third year as the novice coach...Hawksworth is a second year graduate assistant.

On Tap for Next Week: The Cougars head north to compete in the Head of the Spokane on Saturday Oct. time has been determined yet.

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