GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The 17th-ranked Washington State University women's rowing team concluded racing at the Lake Natoma Invitational, Sunday morning at Lake Natoma, finishing fifth, ahead of No. 15 Wisconsin.
As a team, No. 17 WSU finished fifth, behind No. 1 USC in first, second-ranked California in second, and No. 9 Stanford and No. 12 Notre Dame tied for third. The Cougars finished ahead of No. 15 Wisconsin in sixth, Tulsa in seventh, Kansas in eighth and Sacramento State in ninth place.
"I thought the as a team we did really well today," said head coach Jane LaRiviere. "There are still areas for improvement and there will likely be some shuffling of the boats, but the team is excited to get back in the water next week."
WSU's varsity eight (bow - Mickey Aylard, Katie Dick, Stephanie Hinkle, Ieva Adomaviciute, Allie Reilly, Nicole Hare, Jennifer Hale, Kendall Boliba, coxswain - Rebecca Burns) grabbed a second-place finish in Group B with a time of 6:35.4, five seconds off the pace of Notre Dame and three seconds ahead of third-place Wisconsin.
The Cougars' varsity four (bow - Carter Marks, Megan McDonald, Ashlee Bonahoom, Gina Head, coxswain - Sarah Wu) continued to race well and grabbed a first-place finish in Group B action, completing the 2,000 meter course with a time of 7:20.0, three seconds ahead of second-place Notre Dame.
Washington State's second varsity eight (bow - Emily Starkel, Elise Jones, Erin Schuster, Hannah deVos, Mollie McCabe, Alison Smith, Kellen Srb, Carly Johnson, coxswain - Heidi Kim) finished third in its Group B heat with a time of 6:46.0, seven seconds behind second-place Wisconsin.
In the novice eight grand final, WSU (bow - Savannah Davison, Sarah Steger, Mallory Yost, JoAnne Bates, Jordan Watson, Regina Snider, Chloe Rogers, Katrina Tarrant, coxswain - Cassandra Evans) placed third behind California and Wisconsin with a time of 6:55.0, and nine seconds ahead of fourth-place USC.
The Cougars return to action next weekend as they travel to Lowell, Ore. for the Oregon State Classic, April 27 that will feature Oregon State, No. 9 Stanford and Syracuse. The time is yet to be determined.
Lake Natoma Invitational Results - Gold River, Calif.
April 21, 2013
Women's Varsity Eight - Group A Final
1. USC, 6:20.0
2. California, 6:24.0
3. Stanford, 6:25.9
Women's Varsity Eight - Group B Final
1. Notre Dame, 6:30.3
2. Washington State, 6:35.4
3. Wisconsin, 6:38.5
Women's Varsity Eight - Group C Final
1. Tulsa, 6:52.6
2. Sacramento State, 6:59.8
3. Kansas, 7:02.2
Women's Second Varsity Eight - Group A Final
1. California, 6:31.3
2. USC, 6:33.2
3. Stanford, 6:46.4
Women's Second Varsity Eight - Group B Final
1. Notre Dame, 6:36.7
2. Wisconsin, 6:39.0
3. Washington State, 6:46.0
Women's Second Varsity Eight - Group C Final
1. Kansas, 6:58.7
2. Sacramento State, 7:06.6
3. Tulsa 7:12.0
Women's Varsity Four - Group A Final
1. California, 7:16.1
2. USC, 7:20.0
3. Stanford, 7:22.2
Women's Varsity Four - Group B Final
1. Washington State, 7:20.0
2. Notre Dame, 7:23.6
3. Wisconsin, 7:28.4
Women's Varsity Four - Group C Final
1. Kansas, 7:42.6
2. Tulsa, 7:46.5
3. Sacramento State, 8:01.2
Women's Novice Eight - Grand Final
1. California, 6:43.9
2. Wisconsin, 6:46.4
3. Washington State, 6:55.0
4. USC, 7:02.9
Women's Novice Eight - Petite Final
1. Standford, 6:52.5
2. California B, 6:58.3
3. Sacramento State , 7:27.1
4. Sacramento State B, 7:38.0