May 29, 2013
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK:
Fifteenth-ranked Washington State University women's rowing will make its third NCAA Championships appearance in four years as it heads to Eagle Creek Park at Indianapolis, Ind., May 31 through June 2 for the 2013 NCAA Rowing Championships...Notre Dame and the Indiana Sports Commission will serve as hosts for the event...Division I racing begins at 9:10 a.m. Friday with the varsity eight heats.
WSU will compete against a field of 21 other NCAA Division I teams, including five other Pac-12 squads...WSU's varsity eight has defeated two of the 21 other varsity eights that will compete for the national championship; Gonzaga and Wisconsin...the Cougars have competed against seven other NCAA participants: California, USC, UCLA, Washington, Stanford, Virginia, and Notre Dame...this season marks the first with an expanded field of 22 teams...eleven teams earned automatic bids, while the other 11 (including Washington State) were at-large selections.
WSU HEAD COACH Jane LaRiviere ON THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS:
"We were anxiously awaiting the NCAA announcement and were very excited to hear our name calle. We are very grateful to the NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Committee for selecting us. But, as happy as we are to head to Indianapolis, we have high expectations of ourselves in the national competition. I expect a great effort from all three of our boats."
EXPERIENCE AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS:
The Cougar lineups feature nine rowers with experience at the NCAA Championships, including one with experience at two championships...three of the nine members of the varsity eight crew represented WSU at the 2011 NCAA Championships, Allie Reilly (varsity eight), Stephanie Hinkle (second varsity eight) and Jennifer Hale (spare), while Katie Dick was in the varsity boat at the 2010 NCAA Championships...Reilly was also a member of the varsity eight boat in 2010...four members of the second varsity eight boat competed in the 2011 NCAA Championships (Hannah deVos - varsity eight and Mollie McCabe, Alison Smith and Carly Johnson, all from the second varsity eight)...Liana DeMaris rowed bow of the varsity four boat in the 2011 Championships and will do the same at the 2013 Championships.
2013 PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS:
The then-17th-ranked Cougars finished sixth at the Pac-12 Championships May 19 at Lake Natoma with 16.5 points, just 1.5 points behind fifth-place, No. 10 Stanford with 18 points...WSU's novice eight had the highest finish of the day in third, while the varsity four placed fourth after being seeded seventh out of seven...the varsity eight and second varsity eight boats each placed sixth in their respective races, matching their seeding.
PAC-12 HIGHLY RANKED:
Six of the seven Pac-12 Conference rowing teams are ranked in the latest USRowing/CRCA Division I Coaches Poll presented by Pocock Racing Shells released May 29, including three of the top four teams...with 442 votes, USC is ranked second in the country, receiving 9 of the 25 first-place votes...California is second with 440 points and 8 first-place votes, while Washington trails the Golden Bears by 21 points for fourth with 419 points...UCLA (sixth, 368 points), Stanford (10th, 243 points) and Washington State (15th, 154 points) round out the ranked Pac-12 teams...Oregon State is receiving 12 votes...Ohio State is the top-ranked team in the country with 452 points and 10 first-place votes.
PREVIOUSLY AT THE NCAAS:
The Cougars are making their seventh trip as a team to the NCAA Championships...their best finish came in 2006 as they placed fourth, led by a fourth-place finish from the varsity eight...WSU placed 12th in its last NCAA appearance in 2011, 13th in 2010, eighth in 2008, ninth in 2004 and 12th in 2003...WSU's varsity eight earned an at-large bid in 2002, placing 13th...the highest individual boat finish was the second varsity eight's third-place finish in 2004.
Jane LaRiviere is in her 11th year as head coach of the WSU women's rowing program...the Cougars have raced in six NCAA Championships under LaRiviere...she is joined by assistant Josh Adam, and novice coach Corrie McGrath...Adam is in his third year after coaching his prior two years at Indiana...McGrath is in her fifth year at WSU, after coaching stints at Clemson and Central Florida.