May 26, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington State's Jane LaRiviere was named Pacific-10 Women's Rowing Coach of the Year, conference commissioner Tom Hansen announced, Friday.
The Cougars opened competition at the NCAA Championships in West Windsor, N.J., today and will continue to vie for the national championship through Sunday. WSU's varsity eight boat is currently ranked third nationally.
At this year's Pacific-10 Conference Championships, LaRivere's team garnered a second place overall finish, highlighted by a silver medal for the varsity eight, tying the best finish at Pac-10's in the boat's history. LaRiviere also coached the varsity eight to seven first-place finishes in nine competitions this spring, including the crew's first and second spring victories over arch rival and traditional rowing powerhouse Washington.
The conference honor is first in school history for a WSU coach and the second coach of the year award this week for LaRiviere. The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association named LaRiviere its West Region Coach of the Year, Monday.
The Pac-10 also announced it all-conference team, Friday. The Cougars earned three spots with seniors Kasia Bloch and Jody Thomas as well as junior Sarah Waterfield each garnering the award. It is the first honor for Bloch and Waterfield while Thomas received the accolade for the second straight year.