WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK:
The No. 15 Washington State University rowing team will race at the Pac-12 Rowing Championships Sunday, May 18 at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif…women’s racing will begin at 9 a.m with the novice eight grand final…WSU boats competing include the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and novice eight…in addition to challenging for the Pac-12 title, WSU will be competing for a bid to the NCAA Championships, which take place May 30-June 1, at Eagle Creek Park at Indianapolis, Ind...the Pac-12 Championships will be shown on tape delay on the Pac-12 Networks, Saturday, May 24 at 9:30 a.m.
The 2014 Pac-12 Rowing Championships will include the seven conference varsity rowing programs (No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 California, No. 7 Washington, No. 8 USC, No. 12 UCLA, No. 15 Washington State and No. 19 Oregon State)…all events will be seven-lane races to determine the champion...each race is worth a different amount of points, as varsity eight is worth as many as 21 points for first place, while the novice race winner earns 3.5 points. Please see the sidebar of this release for more details on the scoring.
WSU HEAD COACH JANE LaRIVIERE ON THE PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS:
“I expect to build on what we’ve been working on all season. It gets to be pretty important for us right now that we get our best performance on the water so that we can get back to the NCAA Rowing Championships. I think training has been going really well and the weather has been awesome and the exams are finally over, so I think everyone’s in good spirits and having a little bit of fun and just looking forward to doing our best.”
PAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Last season California won its fifth-straight conference championship and eighth in the last nine years after winning in dramatic fashion last season with 39 points, just 1.5 points ahead of USC in second with 37.5 points...USC edged out Washington by a point, as the Huskies captured third with 36.5 points...UCLA (fourth, 28 points, Stanford (fifth, 18 points), Washington State (sixth, 16.5 points) and Oregon State (seventh, 6.5 points) rounded out the standings...the WSU novice eight has had the team’s best finish each of the last two seasons, finishing third in both 2012 and 2013...the varsity four crew placed fourth for the second-straight year, as the second varsity eight was fifth and the varsity eight placed sixth last season...WSU earned its best conference team finish in 2006, stroking to second place as a team…the Cougars have finished third three times (2003, 2004, 2008)…three Cougar crews have garnered Pac-10/12 Champion honors (second varsity eight, 1995, 1996; novice eight, 2001)...the varsity eight and varsity four boats’ best finishes came in 2006 when both placed second.
COUGARS’ LAST OUTING:
The Cougars fell in just one event to Oregon State to hold on to the Winchell Cup, named for former novice coach, Jodi Winchell, Saturday, May 3 at Wawawai Landing at Pullman, Wash...the Cougars could not hold on to sole possession of the Crawford Plate, named for WSU rowing’s first head coach, Tammy Crawford, as WSU and OSU tied in the varsity eight race to share the plate.
Jane LaRiviere is in 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.
PAC-12 HIGHLY RANKED:
All seven of the Pac-12 rowing teams are ranked in the latest USRowing/CRCA Division I Coaches Poll Presented by Pocock Racing Shells released May 14, including four of the top eight teams...with 443 votes, Stanford is ranked third, receiving 4 first-place votes...California is ranked fourth with 396 votes, while Washington is seventh with 351 votes, just two away from Princeton in sixth...USC is less than 15 points behind the Huskies with 337 points, good for eighth...UCLA (12th, 220 votes), Washington State (15th, 164 votes) and Oregon State (19th, 71 votes) round out conference rankings...the Cougars moved up one spot from last week’s poll and are just 4 points out of 14th.