SAN DIEGO – In the second day of competition at the San Diego Crew Classic, the Washington State University women’s rowing team battled tough competition in the Grand Finals Sunday morning at Mission Bay.
Head Coach Jane LaRiviere said, “It was great to get into some warm sunny weather. The team responded well to some tough challenges. All in all in was a productive weekend.”
In the Women’s Collegiate Varsity Invitational Grand Final, WSU’s varsity eight (bow - Isabella Watt, Kendall Boliba, Mickey Aylard, Nicole Hare, Mollie McCabe, Jordan Watson, Morgan Cathrea, Elise Jones, coxswain - Sarah Wu) finished in 6:48.57 and took third behind fellow Pac-12 competitors USC (6:38.61) and Washington (6:40.86). USC leaves the regatta with the Jessop-Whittier Cup. San Diego (6:50.83), Wisconsin (6:52.78) and UCLA (6:53.34) finished behind Washington State.
The Cougar women’s varsity four (bow - Kim Coon, Chloe Rogers, Alex Waddell, Carly Johnson, coxswain - Rebecca Burns) finished the 2,000-meter course in 7:46.55 and took fourth place. The Cougars finished 10 seconds behind USC (7:36.92). USC won the Grand Final and took home the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup. California (7:42.41) and UCLA (7:45.19) also finished ahead of WSU.
In the second event of the day for the Cougars, the second varsity eight (bow - Mihaela-Teodora Berindei, Kayla Wakulich, Kerry Hassall, Noel Christiansen, Carter Marks, Ieva Adomaviciute, Emily Starkel, Megan McDonald, coxswain - Emily Boquet) also placed fourth. Washington State finished with a time of 6:55.74. California won the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy with a time of 6:51.36. Five of the six boats in the event were from the Pac-12.
Washington State’s novice eight (bow - Brittany Brooks, Lori VerMurlen, Hunter Jones, Kacie Hillery, Jessi Howe, Jordyn Erno, Christina Larsen, Hannah Erickson, coxswain - Zoey Haver) finished sixth in the Women’s Collegiate Novice Grand Final with a time of 7:55.55. Washington won the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy and finished the race in 7:04.59.
The WSU women’s rowing team will next compete at Seattle and square off against Washington in dual action Saturday, April 12.
WOMEN’S COLLEGIATE VARSITY INVITATIONAL GRAND FINAL
USC Varsity 8+, 6:38.61
Washington Varsity 8+, 6:40.86
Washington State Varsity 8+, 6:48.57
San Diego Varsity 8+, 6:50.83
Wisconsin Varsity 8+, 6:52.78
UCLA Varsity 8+, 6:53.34
WOMEN’S COLLEGIATE VARSITY FOUR GRAND FINAL
USC Varsity 4+, 7:36.92
California Varsity 4+, 7:42.41
UCLA Varsity 4+, 7:45.19
Washington State Varsity 4+, 7:46.55
San Diego Varsity 4+, 7:52.86
Iowa Varsity 4+, 7:56.63
WOMEN’S COLLEGIATE SECOND VARSITY GRAND FINAL
California Second Varsity 8+, 6:51.36
Washington Second Varsity 8+, 6:53.13
USC Second Varsity 8+, 6:53.97
Washington State Second Varsity 8+, 6:55.74
UCLA Second Varsity 8+, 6:55.83
Wisconsin Second Varsity 8+, 6:59.25
WOMEN’S COLLEGIATE NOVICE GRAND FINAL
Washington Novice 8+, 7:04.59
California Novice 8+, 7:10.11
UCLA Novice 8+, 7:10.29
San Diego Novice 8+, 7:36.45
USC Novice 8+, 7:39.94
Washington State Novice 8+, 7:55.55