PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State University women’s rowing team captured the Winchell Cup for the fifth-consecutive year, highlighted by a 20-second victory by the second varsity eight Saturday morning at Wawawai Landing. Crews faced challenging conditions on the river with a 10-12 mph quartering headwind and 17 mph gusts.
Head Coach Jane LaRiviere said, “Overall, our depth was excellent today. I was really pleased with the performances from the second varsity eight and varsity fours. Anytime all three of your varsity four boats finish ahead of the competition, it’s a good sign. It was a fantastic race in the varsity eight as well. We look forward to seeing Oregon State again at the Pac-12 Championships.”
The Cougar second varsity eight (coxswain - Emily Boquet, stroke - Megan McDonald, Emily Starkel, Noel Christiansen, Alex Waddell, Kendall Boliba, Carter Marks, Kayla Wakulich, bow - Isabella Watt) finished the course in 7:43.95 and out-stroked Oregon State’s second varsity eight by more than 20 seconds (8:04.63).
Washington State’s varsity eight (coxswain - Sarah Wu, stroke - Elise Jones, Mihaela-Teodora Berindei, Hannah deVos, Mollie McCabe, Nicole Hare, Morgan Cathrea, Jordan Watson, bow - Mickey Aylard) was evenly matched with Oregon State all the way to the finish line. After extensive video analysis, a winner could not be decided with 100 percent certainty and it was declared a dead heat with both boats clocking times of 7:18.88.
In the varsity four race, WSU launched three boats. The Cougar varsity four A (coxswain - Rebecca Burns, Alyssa Rumann, Ella Odland, Ieva Adomaviciute, bow - Kim Coon) and varsity four B (coxswain - Julia Monroe, Savannah Davison, Kellen Srb, Chloe Rogers, bow - Kerry Hassall) battled for first and second place. The varsity four A pushed ahead in the second half of the race and finished in 8:18.44. The varsity four B finished in 8:30.95 followed by the varsity four C (coxswain-Hannah Jacobs, Gina Head, Ashley Bonahoom, Carly Johnson, bow - Katrina Tarrant)with a time of 8:40.14 and Oregon State (8:50.97).
The Cougars launched their third varsity eight (coxswain - Lauren Leahy, stroke - Mallory Wordell, Molly Culwell, Krista Lizardi, Erin Schuster, JoAnne Bates, Chloe Payne, Sarah Steger, Katelyn Maley) and second novice eight (Coxswain - Zoey Haver, stroke - Malia Frame, Rachael Hall, Kalina Balcer-Miller, Taylor Heppner, Sydni Meyer, Chelsea Gorman, Tori Gerken, bow - Alexa LeMaster) in the third varsity eight race. The WSU third varsity eight won the race with a time of 7:50.37. Oregon State took second (8:00.91) and WSU’s second novice eight finished third (8:31.44).
In the first race of the day, WSU’s novice eight (coxswain – Ashley Kiehn, stroke - Jessi Howe, Lori VerMurlen, Brittany Brooks, Jordyn Erno, Hunter Jones, Kacie Hillery, Christina Larsen, Anneliese Bruening) fell to Oregon State. The crews clocked times of 7:47.6 and 8:09.3 respectively.
The Washington State women’s rowing team will next travel to Gold River, Calif. for the Pac-12 Championships Sunday, May 18.
Washington State Women’s Rowing vs. Oregon State
May 3, 2014 – Wawawai Landing (Pullman, Wash.)
WOMEN’S VARSITY EIGHT (CRAWFORD PERPETUAL PLATE)
Washington State, 7:18.88*
Oregon State, 7:18.88 *
WOMEN’S SECOND VARSITY EIGHT
1. Washington State, 7:43.95
2. Oregon State, 8:04.63
WOMEN’S VARSITY FOUR
1. Washington State A, 8:18.44
2. Washington State B, 8:30.95
3. Washington State C, 8:40.14
4. Oregon State, 8:50.97
WOMEN’S THIRD VARSITY EIGHT
1. Washington State 3V, 7:50.37
2. Oregon State 3V, 8:00.91
3. Washington State 2N, 8:31.44