May 13, 2010
What's Happening This Week: The No. 11 Washington State University rowing team will race at the Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championships Sunday, May 16 at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma at Gold River, Calif...women's racing will begin at 9:50 a.m...WSU boats competing include the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and novice eight...in addition to challenging for the Pac-10 title, WSU will be competing for a bid to the NCAA Championships, which take place May 28-30, also at Lake Natoma.
The Field: The 2010 Pac-10 Rowing Championships will include the seven conference varsity rowing programs (California, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State), in contrast to previous years in which other West Coast schools were invited to participate...all events will be seven-lane races to determine the champion.
9:30 a.m. - Men's Frosh/Novice 8+
9:50 a.m. - Women's Novice 8+
10:10 a.m. - Men's Varsity 4+
10:30 a.m. - Women's Varsity 4+
10:50 a.m. - Men's Second Varsity 8+
11:10 a.m. - Women's Second Varsity 8+
11:30 a.m. - Men's Varsity 8+
11:50 a.m. - Women's Varsity 8+
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on Pac-10 Championships: "It's always important; it's the culmination of our conference. This is why we coach and why we row, to race against the best. My expectation is that we have the best race we are capable of on that day, in that moment."
Past Pac-10 Championships: In 2009, top-ranked Stanford won the event, led by a four-second victory over California from its varsity eight crew...WSU finished sixth overall, as the Cougar varsity eight and second varsity eight finished sixth, novice eight placed fourth, and varsity four placed seventh...WSU earned its best Pac-10 team finish in 2006, stroking to second place...the Cougars have finished third three times (2003, 2004, 2008)...three Cougar crews have garnered Pac-10 Champion honors (second varsity eight, 1995, 1996; novice eight, 2001).
Pac-10 Highly Ranked: Six of the seven Pac-10 rowing teams are ranked in the CRCA/U.S. Rowing Division Top-20 Poll released May 5, 2010, and all six are ranked in the top-12...California is No. 1 for the third consecutive week, followed by No. 5 Stanford, No. 7 Washington, No. 8 USC, No. 11 Washington State and No. 12 UCLA...Oregon State, previously No. 20, fell out of the rankings...as a note, there is no Division I Poll for the week of May 12, 2010.
Last Time Out: In its lone home regatta of the spring, WSU overcame a windy and choppy Snake River to defeat Oregon State, May 1, thus reclaiming the Winchell Cup...the Cougar varsity eight earned a 16-second victory to bring home the Crawford Perpetual Trophy, with a time of 7:26.8...WSU second varsity eight and varsity four also won its races, finishing with times of 7:41.09 and 8:56.7, respectively.
Next Up: In Sunday's Pac-10 Rowing Championships, WSU will be competing for a bid to the NCAA Championships, which take place May 28-30, also at Lake Natoma...teams selected to the NCAAs will be announced Tuesday, May 18.
Follow the Cougs: To watch the Cougars race in the Pac-10 Championships via live video stream, click HERE...the Cougars can be followed all season long via the WSU Rowing blog, Tales from the Snake...to visit the blog click HERE.
CRCA/U.S. Rowing Top-20-May 5, 2010
(1st place votes)
1. California (11)
2. Princeton (13)
3. Virginia (1)
9. Michigan State
11. Washington State
14. Ohio State
19. Notre Dame