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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Cougars Finish Sixth at Pac-12 Rowing Championships
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/19/2013
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May 19, 2013

GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The Cougars' novice eight captured the bronze medal, finishing third, as Washington State University women's rowing placed sixth as a team at the Pac-12 Championships Sunday at a windy Lake Natoma near Sacramento, Calif.

The 17th-ranked Cougars finished sixth with 16.5 points, just one and a half points behind No. 10 Stanford with 18 points. No. 2 California took home the team title, edging out No. 1 USC with 39 points. The Women of Troy finished with 37.5 points, one point ahead of No. 4 Washington with 36.5 total points. Seventh-ranked UCLA finished with 28 points for fourth. Oregon State placed seventh with 6.5 points, 10 points behind the Cougars.

"Everyone raced really hard and I'm very proud of our performance today," WSU head coach Jane LaRiviere said. "The novice did a great job finishing third, and the four really stepped up, placing fourth after being seeded seventh. Overall we did a good job of closing the gaps and now we'll wait and see what happens Tuesday."

For the second-straight year, the novice eight boat finished third, one spot better than its seeding for the race. The varsity four placed fourth for the second-straight season, coming in with the seventh seed in the race, while the second varsity crew matched its seeding coming in sixth, as did the varsity eight crew, in sixth.

WSU's novice eight boat (coxswain - Cassandra Evans, Sarah Steger, Katrina Tarrant, Chloe Rogers, Regina Snider, Jordan Watson, JoAnne Bates, Savannah Davison, bow - Alex Backsen) had the best finish of the day for WSU in the first race, coming in third place in 7:05.50, just over a second behind third-place California (7:04.10) and nearly 7 seconds ahead of fourth-place UCLA (7:12.00). The Cougars pulled into third after the first 1,000 meters and gained some distance over UCLA with 500 meters to go. Washington finished first with a time of 6:57.00.

In the second race of the morning, WSU's varsity four (coxswain - Sarah Wu, Gina Head, Carter Marks, Noel Christiansen, bow- Liana DeMaris) jumped out toward the front of the pack early, before falling to fourth with 500 meters to go where it remained, finishing with a time of 7:34.50. The Cougars, who came in seeded seventh in the race, held off USC which finished fifth with a time of 7:34.60. California won the race (7:23.80), followed by UCLA in second (7:26.70), and Washington in third (7:31.10).

In the second varsity eight, WSU (coxswain - Heidi Kim, Carly Johnson, Emily Starkel, Alison Smith, Mollie McCabe, Hannah deVos, Erin Schuster, Elise Jones, bow - Ashlee Bonahoom) stayed close to Stanford, but the Cardinal got some distance in the final 500 meters, as the Cougars placed sixth with a time of 6:59.60, less than a second behind Stanford (6:58.70). California won the race with a time of 6:47.70, followed by USC in second (6:51.20), Washington in third (6:53.20) and UCLA in fourth (6:54.80).

The battle for first through seventh came down to the final race of the day and main event, the varsity eight race. Entering the race Cal held the lead with 24 points, followed by Washington in second (18.5 points), USC in third (16.5 points), UCLA in fourth (16 points). Washington State held a two-point lead over Stanford with 10.5 points, Stanford with 8.5 points.

The Women of Troy jumped Washington to move into second place in the final standings, capturing gold with the victory in the varsity eight race, with a time of 6:37.8 to earn 21 points. Washington finished second with a time of 6:42.1, while California was third with a time of 6:44.7. UCLA was fourth (6:47.3) and Stanford finished just three seconds ahead of WSU with a time of 6:48.2.Washington State's varsity eight (coxswain-Rebecca Burns, Kendall Boliba, Jennifer Hale, Ieva Adomaviciute, Stephanie Hinkle, Nicole Hare, Allie Reilly, Katie Dick, bow - Mickey Aylard) finished sixth in a time of 6:51.1, ahead of the Beavers' 7:01.3.

The Cougars will now await the selections for the NCAA Rowing Championships which will take place at Eagle Creek Park at Indianapolis, Ind., May 31-June 2. The selections will be announced by the NCAA Tuesday, May 21 at www.NCAA.com.

Pac-12 Championship
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Final Results

Women's Team Scores
1. California - 39
2. USC - 37.5
3. Washington - 36.5
4. UCLA - 28
5. Stanford - 18
6. Washington State - 16.5
7. Oregon State - 6.5

Women's Varsity Eight
1. USC - 6:37.8 (21)
2. Washington - 6:42.1 (18)
3. California - 6:44.7 (15)
4. UCLA - 6:47.3 (12)
5. Stanford - 6:48.2 (9)
6. Washington State - 6:51.1 (6)
7. Oregon State - 7:01.3 (3)

Women's Second Varsity Eight
1. California - 6:47.7 (14)
2. USC - 6:51.2 (12)
3. Washington - 6:53.2 (10)
4. UCLA - 6:54.8 (8)
5. Stanford - 6:58.7 (6)
6. Washington State - 6:59.6 (4)
7. Oregon State - 7:03.7 (2)

Women's Varsity Four
1. California - 7:23.8 (7)
2. UCLA - 7:26.7 (6)
3. Washington - 7:31.1 (5)
4. Washington State - 7:34.5 (4)
5. USC - 7:34.6 (3)
6. Stanford - 7:40.2 (2)
7. Oregon State - 7:41.9 (1)

Women's Novice Eight
1. Washington - 6:57.0 (3.5)
2. California - 7:04.1 (3)
3. Washington State - 7:05.5 (2.5)
4. UCLA - 7:12.0 (2)
5. USC - 7:13.0 (1.5)
6. Stanford - 7:14.3 (1)
7. Oregon State - 7:18.0 (0.5)

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