WSU Rowing Travels to Spokane and Portland:
The Washington State women’s rowing team will compete in its second and third regattas of the fall season. The Cougars travel to Spokane, Wash. for the Head of the Spokane regatta at the Gonzaga Boathouse on the Spokane River Saturday, Oct. 26. The Cougars will launch three varsity eight boats, three varsity four boats, and two novice eight boats. The Cougars also head to Portland, Ore. for the Portland Fall Classic on the Willamette River Sunday, Oct. 27. WSU will launch three varsity eight boats and two varsity four boats.
The 2013 Head of the Spokane:
Racing will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Gonzaga Boathouse on the Spokane River...the race is in head format, in which the boats start at intervals, racing both the clock and each other...the Head of the Spokane is hosted by the Gonzaga men’s and women’s rowing teams...the race covers a 5,000m stretch of the Spokane River.
Last Year at the Head of the Spokane:
Last year in Spokane, the Cougars competed against Gonzaga in their second regatta of the fall season…WSU’s varsity eight out-stroked the Gonzaga varsity eight by four seconds and finished the 5000m race in 19 minutes and two seconds, the top women’s time of the regatta…both the Cougars’ second varsity eight (19:07) and fourth varsity eight (20:30) finished ahead of Gonzaga’s second varsity eight...in the fourth flight of the regatta, WSU raced its two varsity four boats in a flight composed of men’s boats...the varsity four A and varsity four B boats finished in 21:47 and 22:37 respectively...in the fifth and final flight, WSU launched its novice four (23:40), second novice eight (29:30), and third novice eight (29:28).
The 2013 Portland Fall Classic:
The Portland Fall Classic is in its seventh year...racing will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the first women’s race at 8:36 a.m. Sunday on the Willamette River...the 5000m head-format race winds through downtown Portland in a narrow river section with six bridges...the regatta is hosted by Rose City Rowing Club and Station L Rowing Club...the Cougars will face their first Pac-12 opponents of the season...collegiate competition includes Oregon State, Oregon, University of Puget Sound, Lewis & Clark College, Seattle, Portland, Portland State, and Willamette...the regatta is also open to juniors, open, and masters.
Last Year at the Portland Fall Classic:
Last year in Portland, the Cougars took the top spot in all five races they competed in...WSU’s varsity eight outstroked Pac-12 opponent Oregon State to take the win and finish the 5000m race in 17:23.16...in the varsity four final, WSU finished in 19:15.24 and defeated Oregon State, Willamette, and Oregon...two Cougar boats raced in the junior varsity eight final...the junior varsity eight boat A took the top spot (17:24.54) and the junior varsity eight boat B finished third (18:11.62)...the WSU junior varsity four defeated Portland and Portland State in a time of 19:39.74.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Portland Fall Classic:
"We’re calling it the ‘IP’, the Inland and Pacific Northwest row and ride. We’re going to leave pretty early Saturday morning and go up to Spokane and get all of the boats rigged up and race with Gonzaga, who are always good competition and our closest neighbor with a Division I program. Immediately following racing, we’re going to de-rig our boats and jump on another bus and go to Portland. I think we’re coming along nicely. The last couple of weeks have been gorgeous and people have settled down because I feel like they think their preparation is going better. The boats are starting to sort themselves out and I’m pretty happy with the depth."
Jane LaRiviere is in her 12th year as head coach of the WSU women’s rowing program...the Cougars have raced in seven NCAA Championships under LaRiviere...she is joined by assistant Josh Adam, novice coach Corrie McGrath and graduate assistant Devon Carroll...Adam is in his fourth year after coaching his prior two years at Indiana...McGrath is in her sixth year at WSU, after coaching stints at Clemson and Central Florida...Carroll is in her second year with the Cougars.
Next up for the Cougars:
WSU will close out the fall season Sunday, Nov. 3 in the Head of the Lake, hosted by Washington.
Cougar Rowing Heads to Spokane and Portland
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics