April 18, 2012
The Washington State University women's rowing team will face the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Silver Lake in Medical Lake, Wash., Saturday, April 21 at 9 a.m. The No. 13 Cougars recently returned from Gold River, Calif. and the Lake Natoma Invitational where they placed second in Group B action behind No. 10 Brown.
The Fawley Cup:
Washington State and Gonzaga meet each spring to compete for control of the Fawley Cup with the winner of the varsity eight event earning the rights to the Cup for its respective school...last year marked the 20th anniversary of the competition for the Fawley Cup...WSU has won 18 of the 20 spring matchups for the Fawley Cup and has won three-straight dating back to 2009...the 2008 dual was cancelled due to inclement weather...Gonzaga last won the Cup in 2007.
Last Year Against Gonzaga:
The Cougars opened their 2011 spring season with a dual meet against the Bulldogs in Medical Lake, Wash., March 26, 2011...WSU took possession of the Fawley Cup for a third-straight year, claiming wins in five of the six races...Washington State won the varsity eight, second varsity eight, the varsity four, and the second varsity four races...the lone race captured by Gonzaga was the novice eight event where the Bulldogs needed computer enhancement of the video to review the finish and determine the GU boat narrowly edged the Cougars with a winning time of 7:25.44 to WSU's time of 7:25.74.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Gonzaga Dual:
"We've been on the road for quite a while so it's nice to have a regatta close to home. Gonzaga recently went through a coaching change and I think they are going to be a much improved team; it's important that we don't overlook anybody. We're looking to have our next best race and take the necessary steps towards the Pac-12 Championships."
Last Time on the Water:
The Cougars concluded racing at the Lake Natoma Invitational, Sunday, April 15 in Gold River, Calif...after finishing fifth among a nine-team field in competition Saturday, WSU was placed into Group B to compete against No. 10 Brown and Texas, Sunday morning...the Cougar team finished second in Group B with 13 points, just four points back to first-place Brown and seven points up to Texas who finished with six.
Cougs Ranked 13th in USRowing/CRCA Poll:
WSU is currently ranked 13th in the nation in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Division I Poll presented by Pocock Racing Shells...six of the Pac-12's seven rowing squads are ranked in the top-20 poll (UW-second, Cal-fourth, USC-fifth, UCLA-sixth, Stanford-11th, WSU-13th) and Oregon State is receiving eight votes...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.
Directions to Silver Lake:
Take Interstate 90 West to Exit #272 (WA 902) Medical Lake Exit...turn right onto WA-902 (West Medical Lake Road)...follow Medical Lake Road 5.25 miles...turn left onto Stanley Road Follow Stanley Road for 0.5 miles...turn right onto East Lake Road...follow East Lake Road for one block...turn left onto North Hallet Road...follow North Hallet Road 2.25 miles...road ends at Silver Lake Camp.