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Cougars Finish 14th at NCAA Championships
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/01/2014
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Cougars’ second varsity eight crew finished 11th as Washington State University finished 14th as a team, for the second-straight year, at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships, Sunday, at Indianapolis’s Eagle Creek Park.

The conditions were once again sunny and clear, but the wind picked up a bit for the final day of competition. WSU’s second varsity eight (coxswain – Emily Boquet, stroke – Megan McDonald, Emily Starkel, Noel Christiansen, Mollie McCabe, Chloe Rogers, Carter Marks, Kendall Boliba, bow – Isabella Watt) was the final WSU crew to row on the day, competing in the Petite Final for places eighth through 13th. There was a little bit of drama in the race as Harvard, holding seventh place, hit debris halfway through the race, slowing the Crimson down. The Cougars couldn’t overcome Washington’s fast start and finished right behind their foe and ahead of Pac-12-rival USC, placing fifth in the race for 11th overall with a time of 7:10.070 for 24 points.

Harvard ended up finishing seventh, but protested the race due to the debris. After consideration by the committee to have the race re-run, the protest did not go through and the places stood.

After a commanding victory in the C/D Semifinals Saturday, WSU’s varsity four (coxswain – Rebecca Burns, stroke – Alyssa Rumann, Ella Odland, Ieva Adomaviciute, bow – Kim Coon) raced strong once again Sunday, finishing first in the C Final by over four seconds with a time of 7:36.126 for 13th place overall and earn 10 points. The Cougars out-stroked San Diego which finished second with a time of 7:40.606 and UCLA in third with a time of 7:42.908.

WSU’s varsity eight (coxswain – Sarah Wu, stroke – Jordan Watson, Mihaela-Teodora Berindei, Elise Jones, Alex Waddell, Nicole Hare, Morgan Cathrea, Hannah deVos, bow – Mickey Aylard) also raced in the C Final Sunday, racing out of the second lane. WSU got off to a strong start, but trailed San Diego slightly heading into the final 500 meters. In those final meters, WSU closed the gap on second-place San Diego, but couldn’t catch SDSU, finishing third with a time of 6:52.636, just about a 10th of a second behind San Diego in at 6:52.555. With it's 15th overall finish, the Cougars earned 24 points.

This season marks the second-straight that the Cougars have placed 14th at the NCAA Championships. It also marks the fourth NCAA appearance in the last five years. Next year the championships return to Lake Natoma at Gold River, Calif., near Sacramento and will be hosted by the Pac-12.

Complete results can be found at

Eagle Creek Park
Eagle Creek Reservoir – Indianapolis, Ind.
May 30 – June 1, 2014
Team Scores
1. Ohio State, 126
2. California, 118
3. Brown, 116
4. Stanford, 110
5. Virginia, 105
6. Princeton, 102
7. Washington*, 101
8. Michigan*, 101
9. Notre Dame, 81
10. USC, 72
11. Indiana, 71
12. UCLA, 68
13. Harvard, 62
14. Washington State, 58
15. San Diego, 48
16. Wisconsin, 45
17. Louisville, 44
18. Northeastern*, 27
19. Oklahoma*, 27
20. Boston University, 17
21. Massachusetts, 13
22. Jacksonville, 6
*Tiebreaker based on results place finish in varsity eight race. 

Saturday, June 1 – Day Three
Division I Eights
C Final (places 13-18)
13. UCLA, 6:48.995 (30)
14. San Diego, 6:52.555 (27)
15. Washington State, 6:52.635 (24)
16. Louisville, 6:57.324 (21)
17. Wisconsin, 7:00.830 (18)
18. Northeastern, 7:10.375 (15)

Division I Second Eights
B Semifinal
7. Michigan, 7:02.998 (32)
8. UCLA, 7:05.603 (30)
9. Notre Dame, 7:06.847 (28)
10. Washington, 7:08.530 (26)
11. Washington State, 7:10.070 (24)
12. USC, 7:20.936 (22)
13. Harvard, 7:32.275 (20)

Division I Fours
C Semifinal
13. Washington State, 7:36.126 (10)
14. San Diego, 7:40.606 (9)
15. UCLA, 7:42.908 (8)
16. Louisville, 7:46.557 (7)
17. Harvard, 7:48.064 (6)
18.Oklahoma, 7:52.597 (5)

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