May 16, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - For the third time in four years, Washington State has been selected as a team to compete in the NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships.
The event will be held May 26-28, on Mercer Lake at West Windsor, N.J. The championships are hosted by The Princeton National Rowing Association and Rutgers University.
The NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Committee selected 12 teams to compete at the championships. Each team is required to field two boats of eight rowers and one boat of four rowers. Four other boats of eight rowers received at-large bids to the championships.
Of the 12 teams selected, four are from the Pacific-10. California, Stanford and Washington also received team bids. The varsity eight boats from Southern California and UCLA each received one of the four at-large bids. All six of the varsity eights that were selected from the Pac-10 are ranked in the current USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I poll. The Golden Bears are No. 2, followed by the No. 3 Women of Troy, No. 8 Cougars, No. 11 Huskies, No. 12 Bruins, and No. 16 Cardinal.
"I like the general attitude of Pac-10 coaches," WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere said. "It is your own school first, but after that we want to see as many Pac-10 schools in the upper echelon of nationals as possible."
The Cougars earned the bid with a second place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, Sunday. The varsity eight and varsity four both finished second, while the second varsity eight earned the bronze medal, and the novice eight placed seventh.
"What we did at Pac-10s was just spectacular," LaRiviere said. "Two of our three boats exceeded the seeding. The four was seeded fourth and finished second. The varsity eight was seeded third and finished second."
WSU's varsity eight defeated seven of the 15 other NCAA selections this spring, including Notre Dame, Stanford, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin, UCLA and USC.
The Cougars have reached the NCAA Championships twice as a team, in 2003 and 2004, finishing 12th and ninth, respectively. The varsity eight received an at-large bid in 2002, and finished 13th.
Tickets will be available at the event, and are $10 for adults, and $5 for children, students and seniors.