Oct. 20, 2007
The Washington State University women's rowing team captured six of seven races against Gonzaga University Saturday at the Head of the Spokane.
The varsity eight won its 5,000 meter race against the Bulldogs, finishing the course with a time of 17:23, 16 seconds ahead of Gonzaga's boat.
"It was a good day," head coach Jane LaRiviere said. "Everybody raced to the best of their ability."
The second varsity eight, third varsity eight, novice eight, second novice eight, and third novice eight were also victorious Saturday.
The second varsity eight's 17:41 time topped GU's 17:56 finish, while the third varsity eight earned a 28 second victory over the Bulldogs.
The novice eight rowed to a 19:56 victory over Gonzaga boats, while the second novice eight finished 40 seconds ahead of the Bulldogs with a time of 21:28. The third varsity eight had a huge win, covering the course in a time of 21:58. Gonzaga was three minutes behind at 24:58.
"The novices had a great day competing in the first races of their college lives," LaRiviere said.
Gonzaga's lone victory came in the fourth varsity eight race. The Bulldogs completed the course with a time of 19:17. The Cougars completed the course with a time of 19:51.
The Head of the Spokane marked the second event of the Cougar's fall season and allowed for a lot of WSU rowing.
"We had seven boats racing today and plan to add one or two more boats for next weekend," LaRiviere said. "It was great to see such a large group of talented women representing WSU."
Washington State University will return to the Palouse to host the Head of the Snake Friday, Oct. 26, at Wawawai Landing.
Head of the Spokane Spokane, Wash. Saturday October 20, 2007
Varsity Eight: Washington State, 17:23; Gonzaga, 17:39.
Second Varsity Eight: Washington State, 17:41; Gonzaga, 17:56.
Third Varsity Eight: Washington State, 18:15; Gonzaga, 18:43.
Fourth Varsity Eight: Gonzaga, 19:17; Washington State, 19:51.
Novice Eight: Washington State, 19:56; Gonzaga, 20:35; Gonzaga B, 22:40.
Second Novice Eight: Washington State, 21:28; Gonzaga, 22:08.
Third Novice Eight: Washington State, 21:58; Gonzaga, 24:58.