Cougar Rowing Crosses Cascades to Close Fall Competition:
After a successful weekend in Portland and Spokane, the Washington State University women’s rowing team will compete in the its final regatta of the fall season. The Cougars travel to Seattle for the Head of the Lake, one of the largest fall regattas on the West Coast, Sunday Nov. 3.
The 2013 Head of the Lake:
Lake Washington Rowing Club hosts the 2013 Head of the Lake regatta...boats will compete in a unique three-mile race that takes place in both Lake Union and Lake Washington...that race starts in Lake Union, passes through the Montlake Cut, and finishes outside the Conibear Shellhouse at Lake Washington...Washington State will face crews from Gonzaga University, Stanford University, University of Portland, University of Washington, Lewis & Clark College, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle University, University of Puget Sound, University of Fraser Valley, University of Victoria, Camosun College, University of British Columbia, Portland State University, Simon Fraser University, University of Oregon, and Vancouver Rowing Club...Pac-12 competitor Stanford is competing for its first time at the Head of the Lake...Head of the Lake is open to juniors, high school, collegiate, open, and masters crews.
Last Time at Head of the Lake:
In 2012, WSU’s varsity four highlighted the regatta by taking the win in the women’s collegiate varsity four race...the crew posted a time of 20:15 and out-stroked rival Washington by three seconds...the rest of the competition included Seattle, Portland State, Oregon, and Montana...WSU also notched a win in the women’s collegiate third varsity eight race with a time of 18:57...both the varsity eight (18:10) and second varsity eight (18:21) finished second in their respective races.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on Head of the Lake:
"My expectations are always to have our best race when it counts the most. I think that all fall we’ve worked up to Head of the Lake as our final race of the fall and this year Stanford is going to come up so it’ll be nice to race both Washington and Stanford. It has been just us and Washington and a few other colleges recently so this makes it a lot more interesting and fun to have some new competition. It is great to compete in Seattle because a high percentage of our team is from the Westside and so we have tremendous parent support and fans. The parents, supporters and fans all organize a brunch after racing so its a really nice time to hang out and relax for a little bit before we jump back on the bus."
Jane LaRiviere begins her 12th year as head coach of the WSU women’s rowing program...the Cougars have raced in seven NCAA Championships under LaRiviere...she is joined by assistant Josh Adam, novice coach Corrie McGrath and graduate assistant Devon Carroll...Adam is in his fourth year after coaching his prior two years at Indiana...McGrath is in her sixth year at WSU, after coaching stints at Clemson and Central Florida...Carroll is in her second year with the Cougars.
Next up for the Cougars:
The Cougars will square off against Gonzaga, Portland State and Loyola Marymount to open the spring season, March 22 in Silver Lake, Wash.
Rowing Crosses Cascades to Close Fall Competition
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics