May 23, 2006
What's Happening This Week: Washington State's women's rowing team will compete at the NCAA Championships in West Windsor, N.J., May 26-28...racing begins at 8 a.m. with the varsity eight heats.
The Field: WSU will compete against a field of 11 teams, and an additional four varsity eight boats, given at-large berths...Cougar varsity eight has defeated seven of the 16 varsity eights that will compete for the national championship: Notre Dame, Stanford, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin, UCLA and USC...California is the only NCAA varsity eight WSU has competed against, but not defeated...WSU lost by 0.9 seconds to the Golden Bears at the Pac-10 Championships, May 14.
NCAA Championship Competitors: (Varsity Eight Ranking)
Teams Brown (6), California (2), Michigan State (t17), Notre Dame (5), Ohio State (7), Princeton (1), Stanford (15), Tennessee (9), Washington (11), Washington State (3), Wisconsin (10), Yale (8), Varsity Eights Boston (13), Minnesota (12), USC (4), UCLA (t17)
Experience at the NCAA Championships: The Cougar line-ups feature nine rowers with experience at the NCAA Championships...from the current varsity eight, Kasia Bloch, Laura Griffin, Amber McKnight, Jody Thomas and Sarah Waterfield all competed at the 2004 national championships...Emily Collins, Sharon Finney, Amy Jo Hendershot and Lina Brazinskaite also have NCAA experience.
CRCA Honors Cougars: The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association honored WSU rowing with a smattering of regional awards...head coach Jane LaRiviere was named West Region Coach of the Year...senior Jody Thomas and junior Sarah Waterfield both stroked their way onto the West Region first team...seniors Kasia Bloch and Laura Griffin, and sophomore coxswain Kelly O'Brien garnered spots on the second team...five total members of the All-West Region Team is a WSU record.
2006 Pac-10 Championships: WSU stroked into second place, the best finish in Cougar history...varsity eight and varsity four each notched runner-up positions...second varsity eight earned a bronze medal...novice eight placed seventh.
Winning Ways: The WSU varsity eight has notched seven first-place finishes in nine competitions this spring...total is the most in Cougar history...varsity eight crew finished with five spring victories three times, from 1999-2001.
Previously at the NCAA's: The Cougars are making their third trip as a team to the NCAA Championships...in 2004 the team finished ninth, led by a bronze medal effort by the second varsity eight...team finished 12th overall in 2003...WSU's varsity eight earned an at-large bid in 2002, placing 13th.
Cougars Claw Canines: WSU's varsity eight defeated UW for the first time in a spring regatta, Saturday, April 8...Cougars marked a 6:45.0 finish en route to a two-second victory over the Huskies...WSU also defeated UW at the Pac-10 Championships, May 14...teams will race again at the NCAA Championships.
For Cougar line-ups, season results, and the NCAA Championships racing schedule and scoring system, see the PDF version of this release.