April 4, 2012
Press Conference with Head Coach Jane LaRiviere - April 3: Click here
No. 14 Rowing Travels to Seattle to Face Huskies:
The Washington State University women's rowing team travels to Seattle, Saturday, April 7 to face cross-state rival Washington in the Cougars' second regatta of the competitive season. Saturday's racing is set to commence at 8 a.m. PT at the Montlake Cut. WSU, ranked 14th in the nation, will face Washington, tied for third in the nation, after returning from the 39th annual San Diego Crew Classic last weekend.
Last Year Against Washington:
The Cougars' varsity eight crew has defeated the Huskies four of the last six years in dual action during the spring season...under 10th-year head coach Jane LaRiviere, the WSU's varsity eight has defeated UW three times in the spring race, the second varsity eight three times, and the varsity four twice...the Cougars have not swept the Huskies in the spring race under LaRiviere, while Washington accomplished the feat in 2004, 2009, and 2011...last year the No. 15 Cougars hosted No. 7 Washington at Wawawai Landing in Pullman...the Huskies swept WSU in all six events and regained the Apple Cup...WSU's second varsity eight boat came the closest to defeating UW, as a video replay was needed to confirm that the Huskies had edged out the Cougars by less than a second...WSU's varsity eight fell to Washington by five and a half seconds.
Previous Meetings This Year:
WSU and Washington have met twice this school year, having closed out their fall season Nov. 6, 2011 at the Montlake Cut and racing against Washington at the San Diego Crew Classic last weekend...WSU's second varsity eight took home a first-place finish in the fall regatta, over nine seconds ahead of UW on the three-mile course...in the Champ Collegiate Women's Varsity 8+ event, the Cougars notched a second-place finish, five seconds behind the Huskies...the varsity and second varsity fours both clocked better times than UW...last weekend WSU's varsity and second varsity eights did not compete against UW, as the teams were in different heats and the Cougars' boats qualified for the Petite Final while the Huskies competed in the Grand Final...WSU's varsity four met UW in the Grand Final and took home a second-place finish, while Washington took sixth in the race...Washington's novice eight took third its respective Grand Final while the Cougars placed fifth in San Diego.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Washington Dual:
"The Huskies are looking their usual, strong selves, but it's great to race on the Montlake Cut and it feels good to be there. Our team doesn't have a hard time getting motivated to face Washington because it's always fun to race your in-state rivals. We are going to race hard this weekend and give the best performance we can, then take it from there. This weekend should be exciting because dual regattas are different than large invites when you only have one other boat to focus on."
Last Time on the Water:
The Cougars opened their 2012 season in San Diego at the 39th annual San Diego Crew Classic March 31 and April 1...WSU's varsity four qualified for the Grand Final of the collegiate four event after posting the top time in the preliminary heats...during a windy Grand Final, the four grabbed a second-place finish in a time of 8:02.23, trailing then-No. 1 Virginia by three seconds, while finishing ahead of UCLA, Tennessee, then-No. 6 USC, and then-No.8 Washington...WSU's varsity eight competed in the Petite Final of the Collegiate Varsity Invitational Sunday morning after finishing just two seconds out of contention for a qualifying spot in the Grand Final Saturday...Sunday the Cougars notched a second-place finish behind then-No. 15 Clemson in the Petite Final...the Cougars finished the course in a time of 7:27.94 in the gusty conditions, five seconds behind the Tigers, while holding off Texas to finish nearly two seconds ahead of the Longhorns...the Cougars' second varsity eight, also competing in the Petite Final, garnered the top time of the race with a time of 7:21.00...WSU outpaced second-place Texas by over two seconds and finished ahead of Oklahoma, Clemson, Tennessee, and Oregon State...the novice eight, the second Cougar boat to qualify for the Grand Final, finished in fifth place with a time of 7:10.57...the Cougars were edged out of fourth place by Minnesota by just over a second, but finished nearly 20 seconds ahead of Oklahoma who closed out the field of six.
Cougs Ranked 14th in USRowing/CRCA Poll:
WSU is currently ranked 14th in the nation in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Division I Poll presented by Pocock Racing Shells, the organizations announced April 4...six of the Pac-12's seven rowing squads are ranked in the top-20 poll (UCLA t-third, UW t-third, USC fifth, Cal eighth, Stanford ninth, WSU 14th) and Oregon State is receiving votes with one...Washington State finished fifth in the conference and 12th at the NCAA Championships in 2011...the Cougars returned three rowers from last season's varsity eight boat, which placed 11th at last year's Championships and six from the second varsity eight boat that placed 10th.
Jane LaRiviere is in her 10th year as head coach of the WSU women's rowing program...the Cougars have raced in six NCAA Championships under LaRiviere, including a 12th-place finish last season...she is joined by assistant coach Josh Adam, novice coach Corrie McGrath, and graduate assistant Robyn Willow...Adam is in his second year after coaching the previous two years at Indiana...McGrath is in her fourth year at WSU, after coaching stints at Clemson and Central Florida...Willow begins her second year after coaching in Canada.