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Cougars Take Second at Pac-10 Championships
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Release: 05/14/2006
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May 14, 2006

Rancho Cordova, Calif. - Washington State's women's rowing assaulted the Pac-10 Championships, finishing second as a team, Sunday. California won both the men's and women's team titles.

"From my standpoint, it really couldn't have gone any better," head coach Jane LaRiviere said. "Maybe one or two places here or there but heck, I'll take it."

The eighth-ranked Cougar varsity eight finished second, less than one second behind California, and a half of a second in front of Southern California. WSU got off to a slow start, crossing the 500 meter mark fourth, but sprang forth in the last three-quarters of the race. Over the middle 1,000 of the 2,000 meter course, the Cougars stroked past Stanford, then USC to move into second place. With 500 meters remaining, WSU trailed by five seats, or about one and a half seconds. The Cougars closed the gap further by the finish, but clocked-in nine-tenths of a second behind the defending national champion. The second place varsity eight finish ties for the best in Cougar history with the 1996 team.

"The adrenaline was just pumping," freshman Liz Rand said. "When we were even with Cal and I could hear their coxswain yelling, it just gives you so much more ability to pull hard, harder than you ever thought you could."

The race was so close down the finish, spectators and participants were unsure of who won.

"Afterwards the emotions just flooded us, but we didn't know what place we had come in," Rand, the bow seat of the varsity eight, said. "No one told us until we rowed past our crew that was yelling for us from the sand. They told us that we came second and that's when we all started to tear up and our coach came out to meet us. We were all tearing up."

LaRiviere believes the close finish will give her team an extra push heading into the NCAA Championships in two weeks.

"There's nothing more motivating than having close finishes," LaRiviere explained.

In the second race of the afternoon session, the Cougars varsity four earned a second place finish, also behind California. WSU's varsity four has finished better only once, in 1991, when they won the Pac-10 varsity four championship.

"We did really well in our first heat and came out in the second race and just did what we're supposed to do," senior Jenn Copeland, who rows on the varsity four, said. "We walked through UW, walked through Stanford, and were able to hold it until the end. I'm definitely impressed with all my teammates on my boat. "

WSU's second varsity eight helped the team to their strong finish as well, placing third and besting Washington, Stanford and UCLA.

"It's amazing. It's the first time I've ever medaled at Pac-10s, and I'm a senior," Amy Jo Hendershot said. "It means more than I can explain. I mean, I cried."

Rounding out the finishers for WSU was the novice eight, who placed first in the petite final by 21 seconds. The crew's time of 6:53.8 was faster than four of the six teams that raced in the grand final.

The second place team finish avenges a sixth place finish at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships.

"After Pac-10s last year we had a long talk, and several key players decided they weren't going to let that happen again," LaRiviere said. "They came prepared to do what they needed to do in September, and they haven't looked back. They've been a dream to coach, and I just hope some of the younger ones are picking up some of the stuff from the seniors. They're just a great group of women."

Next up, WSU will likely be invited to compete at the NCAA Championships at Mercer Lake, N.J., May 26-28. A definite announcement will be made Tuesday, May 16. For complete results, including split times, from the Pac-10 Championships, visit www.jamcotimes.com.

Pacific-10 Conference Championships
Rancho Cordova, Calif. (Lake Natoma)
May 14, 2006

TEAM RESULTS

Women
1. CAL 79
2. WSU 67
3. WASH 59
4. USC 51
5. STAN 51
6. UCLA 48
7. OSU 37

*USC wins the tie-breaker with Stanford due to a higher finish in the V8.

Men
1. CAL 72
2. WASH 59
3. OSU 46
4. STAN 43
5. USC 26
6. WSU 18
7. UCLA 14
8. ORE 5

Women's Varsity 8
1. CAL .................. 6:29.0
2. WSU ..................6:29.9
3. USC ..................6:30.3
4. WASH ..............6:36.6
5. STAN .............. 6:39.0
6. UCLA .............. 6:43.8
7. OSU .................. 6:42.1
8. LMU ..................6:45.1
9. SAC ST ...............6:46.0
10. GONZ .............. 6:48.2
11. SDS .................. 6:50.4
12. SMC .................. 6:55.3

Women's 2nd Varsity 8
1. CAL .................. 6:40.4
2. UCLA ..................6:42.4
3. WSU ..................6:44.9
4. WASH .............. 6:46.8
5. STAN ..................6:48.5
6. USC .................. 6:54.7
7. OSU .................. 6:58.3
8. SDSU ..................7:03.6
9. LMU ..................7:04.1
10. SAC ST.............7:06.9

Women's Novice 8
1. GONZ .................. 6:48.1
2. WASH ................6:51.1
3. CAL ...................6:55.6
4. OSU ...................6:58.4
5. SAC ST ..............7:09.6
6. STAN ...................7:18.9
7. WSU ................... 6:54.0
8. UCD ...................7:15.2
9. USC ...................7:16.8
10. SON ...................7:19.0
11. UCLA ..............7:23.8

Women's Varsity Four
1. CAL ...................7:23.4
2. WSU ...................7:26.7
3. STAN ................ 7:28.7
4. WASH .................. 7:30.6
5. UCLA .................7:45.0
6. OSU ...................7:49.5
7. USC ...................7:53.1
8. LMU ...................8:08.6
9. SDSU ...................8:17.9

Men's Varsity 8
1. CAL ...................5:39.4
2. STAN ...................5:42.7
3. WASH .................. 5:47.2
4. OSU ...................5:54.4
5. LMU ...................6:04.6
6. USC ...................6:07.3
7. WSU ................... 6:14.0
8. SAC ST ............. 6:21.7

Men's Frosh/Novice 8
1. CAL ...................5:43.0
2. WASH ...............5:43.2
3. OSU ...................6:07.9
4. USC ...................6:10.5
5. UCLA ..................6:21.6
6. SON ...................6:23.4
7. WSU ...................6:38.1

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