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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Cougars Complete First Day of NCAA Rowing Championships
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/28/2010
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May 28, 2010


GOLD RIVER, Calif. - Washington State University women's rowing completed the first day of the 2010 NCAA Championships Friday at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center, highlighted by the second varsity eight's win of the repechage heat to advance to the semifinals.

Each of the 16 Division I teams have three boats competing in the championships, the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four. Each event had three heats Friday, beginning with the varsity eight then followed by the second varsity eight and varsity four. The top three of each heat automatically advanced to Saturday's semifinals, with the last seven boats battling for the three final semifinal slots in the repechage heat.

Washington State's second varsity eight (coxswain Lexi Ryman, stroke Natasha Ostopovich, Crystal Martin, Christian Kinck, Liz England, Erica Lewis, Corinna Sharick, Danya Levesque and Erika Jorgensen) moved into the repechage heat after placing fourth of six in the second heat of the morning with a time of 6:38.86. In the repechage, Washington State held off a late Michigan State charge for the victory with a time of 6:50.34. The second varsity eight will compete in lane five of the second heat of the semifinals Saturday at 9:45 a.m. The second varsity eight is guaranteed a top-12 finish.

"We had a good day," WSU head coach Jane LaRiviere said. "The two V had a great race, so we lived to race in the semis tomorrow."

After finishing fifth in the morning's first heat, WSU's varsity eight (coxswain Corina Chilibeck, stroke Sarah Wolff, Katie Dick, Lisa Roman, Irena Neffeova, Allie Reilly, Justine Galbraith, Hannah Rothstrom and Kyann Martin) had a chance at the semifinals in the repechage heat in the afternoon. Wisconsin got off to a strong start in the repechage, pulling ahead of the rest of the field as Michigan, Washington and Washington State battled for the two remaining spots in the semifinals. In the end Michigan and UW caught up with Wisconsin, distancing themselves from WSU. Michigan won the race with a time of 6:35.24, closely followed by Washington at 6:35.84 and Wisconsin at 6:36.75. The Cougars notched a time of 6:40.08.

"Obviously we're a little disappointed being the first boat into the third final in the varsity eight," LaRiviere said. "But it just came down to being beat by superior crews. They rowed well and at the end of the day that's about all you can ask for."

The Cougars placed fifth in the second heat of the varsity fours (coxswain Cayla Ravancho, Annie Eastwood, Lauren Johnson, Katie Wollstein and Sarah Powell) in the morning, moving on to the repechage heat. In the event, WSU's late charge wasn't enough as it finished less than a second behind UCLA in sixth with a time of 7:43.25.

"I was pleased with how the varsity four did because we've been sort of struggling to find chemistry and flat out competitiveness and they were right in the mix today," LaRiviere said. "It was good to see them racing."

WSU's varsity eight and varsity four will both compete Sunday in the Third Final. The Fours Third Final will begin at 9:45 a.m., with the Eights Third Final beginning at 11:15 a.m. Sunday. Both of those races are for places 13-16. Live results can be found HERE.

Sacramento State Aquatic Center
Lake Natoma - Gold River, Calif.
May 28-30

Day 1 - May 28
Heat 1

1. California, 6:19.00
2. Southern California, 6:22.92
3. Michigan State, 6:25.73
4. Washington, 6:29.29
5. Washington State, 6:30.96

Repechage Race

1. Michigan, 6:35.24
2. Washington, 6:35.84
3. Wisconsin, 6:36.75
4. Washington State, 6:40.08
5. Clemson, 6:43.81
6. Ohio State, 6:44.94
7. Tennessee, 6:47.04

Heat 2

1. Stanford, 6:30.44
2. California, 6:33.58
3. Wisconsin, 6:36.74
4. Washington State, 6:38.86
5. Michigan State, 6:44.89

Repechage Race

1. Washington State, 6:50.34
2. Michigan State, 6:52.53
3. Ohio State, 6:53.47
4. USC, 6:56.18
5. Tennessee, 6:57.12
6. Clemson, 6:59.60
7. UCLA, 7:00.74

Heat Two

1. Washington, 7:14.71
2. USC, 7:18.26
3. Yale, 7:20.07
4. UCLA, 7:25.16
5. Washington State, 7:33.02

Repechage Race

1. Stanford, 7:37.67
2. Clemson, 7:38.86
3. Michigan State, 7:39.03
4. Ohio State, 7:40.60
5. UCLA, 7:42.34
6. Washington State, 7:43.25
7. Tennessee, 7:59.36

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