Nov. 1, 2011
Cougars in Seattle to Finish Fall Season:
After a dominating performance in Portland this past weekend, the Washington State University women's rowing team looks to finish the fall season on a high note as it travels to Seattle for the Head of the Lake Sunday, Nov. 6.
The 2011 Head of the Lake:
The 2011 Head of the Lake, hosted by the University of Washington and the Lake Washington Rowing Club, will begin Sunday, Nov. 6 at 8 a.m....the race is in "head" format, in which the boats start at intervals, racing both the clock and each other...the Head of the Lake is a 3-mile race open to juniors, masters, open, championship, and collegiate crews ...the Head of the Lake poses a unique twist, as the race takes place on both Lake Washington and Lake Union, with the Montlake Cut linking the two lakes...the Cougars will compete against a number of colleges this weekend, including the University of Washington, Seattle University, Lewis & Clark College, Pacific Lutheran University, Portland State University, University of Victoria, Western Washington University, and University of British Columbia.
Last Time at the Head of the Lake:
Last year at the Head of the Lake, the Cougars launched four varsity eights and notched a second-place finish in the championship women's varsity eight event...the University of Washington was the only school to post a faster time in the event...this finish marked the third-consecutive year WSU took second place in the championship women's varsity eight race...the Cougars' JV boat also fell to Washington with a second-place finish, but defeated Western Washington, Gonzaga, and Oregon to round out the top five...the third and fourth varsity eights took home second and third-place victories, respectively, in their event...the last time the Cougars won the Head of the Lake regatta was Nov. 11, 2007 defeating the University of Victoria, Gonzaga University, Oregon State University, and California State - Sacramento to round out the top five.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Fall Season and the Head of the Lake:
"Our real goal when we go to Seattle is to race the best that we possibly can and then just let the cards fall how they may, and hopefully we are competitive. We've got a lot of new faces in the boats and this is an opportunity to compare ourselves with a bunch of other programs. I think we've been doing really well [this fall]. Everyone has been functioning at a high level and the team spirit seems good."
Varsity Portland Performance:
This past weekend, the Cougars had a strong showing in Portland at the Portland Loop and Portland Fall Classic Saturday and Sunday, respectively...WSU finished the weekend with first-place finishes in every event and posted eight of the top women's times between the two regattas...Washington State also defeated its first Pac-12 opponent of the 2011-12 season, posting first-place victories over Oregon State on two occasions...at the Portland Loop Saturday, WSU launched three eights and two fours and garnered the top three women's times of the regatta...Sunday, at the Portland Fall Classic, the Cougars raced two varsity eights and two varsity fours...the Cougars clinched the top women's time of the course in 18:03.78, en route to a varsity-eight defeat over Gonzaga for the third time this season and a first-place defeat over Pac-12 opponent Oregon State by over 40 seconds.
Novice's Last Outing:
While the WSU varsity crew was in Portland for the weekend, the Cougar novice team held an informal race against the Gonzaga novice team on its home course at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River...the "head" style race, which took place Friday, Oct. 28, was intended to give the novice team more experience on the water...although the WSU crew posted slower times than the Gonzaga novice crew, novice coach Corrie McGrath felt that the race was a success...McGrath was pleased because the WSU boats rowed unfamiliar lineups, yet rowed the entire race by all eight in only their second race of the season.
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.