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WSU in Fifth Heading into Second Day at Lake Natoma
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 04/14/2012
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April 14, 2012

GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The Washington State University women's rowing team completed two sessions of racing Saturday, April 14 at the Lake Natoma Invitational and sits in fifth place among a field of nine teams entering the second day of racing. The Cougars held a fifth-place position after morning racing concluded and maintained their place during the afternoon session to finish with 25 points on the day.

WSU's varsity eight grabbed second-place finishes in both of its races. During the morning session the Cougars finished the race in 6:44.9, 12 seconds back to No. 8 California. In the afternoon session, the eight secured a second-place finish behind defending NCAA Team Champion Brown, and 14 seconds ahead of Sacramento State, with a time of 6:45.6.

The Cougars' second varsity eight saw a delayed race during the morning session due to a breakage that occurred at the beginning of the originally scheduled race. When the field was reset WSU took a second-place finish behind California with a time of 6:52.7, just five seconds back to the Golden Bears. In the afternoon flight, the Cougars clocked a time of 7:04 to place second behind No. 10 Brown.

In the morning session of the varsity four event, WSU raced the second-fastest time of the day, finishing second in their heat with a time of 7:28.0. During the afternoon session, the varsity four grabbed a first-place finish ahead of competitors Brown and Sacramento State. The Cougars clocked a time of 7:37.4, 20 seconds ahead of second-place Brown and over half a minute ahead of Sacramento State.

The Cougars were also one of six crews to launch a novice eight to compete in racing during the morning session. The WSU boat secured a second-place finish in their heat with a time of 7:09.8, 10 seconds back to No. 11 and first-place finisher, Wisconsin, while edging out the Texas B boat as well as the California B squad.

"I think the afternoon session was an improvement from the morning session," said head coach Jane LaRiviere. "Our varsity eight had a much better race and I'm glad the four could get a win this afternoon. The learning curve at this regatta is high, and we are optimistic about tomorrow and we look forward to having solid races from all of our boats."

Entering the second day of racing, the Cougars sit six points back from fourth-place Brown and seven points back from third-place Stanford. WSU's boats will compete tomorrow morning against Brown and Texas, while WSU's novice crew will compete against California, Wisconsin, and Texas. Racing will begin at 8:10 a.m. Sunday morning on Lake Natoma. Results from all races will be tweeted by @NatomaInvite on Twitter or can be found at www.calbears.com or www.row2k.com.

Lake Natoma Invitational Results
April 14, 2012

Morning Session
Women's Varsity Eight - Heat A
1. California, 6:32.5
2. Washington State, 6:44.9
3. Tulsa, 6:50.7

Women's Second Varsity Eight - Heat A (delayed)
1. California, 6:47.3
2. Washington State, 6:52.7
3. Tulsa, 7:11.8

Women's Varsity Four - Heat A
1. California, 7:22.8
2. Washington State, 7:28.0
3. Tulsa, 7:51.9

Women's Collegiate Novice Eight - Heat B
1. Wisconsin, 6:59.6
2. Washington State, 7:09.8
3. Texas B, 7:18.7
4. California B, 7:29.3

Afternoon Session
Women's Varsity Eight - Heat C
1. Brown, 6:39.1
2. Washington State, 6:45.6
3. Sacramento State, 7:00.0

Women's Second Varsity Eight - Heat C
1. Brown, 6:57.3
2. Washington State, 7:04.1
3. Sacramento State, 7:16.1

Women's Varsity Four - Heat C
1. Washington State, 7:37.4
2. Brown, 7:57.1
3. Sacramento State, 8:09.6

For complete results please visit www.calbears.com or www.row2k.com.

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