April 11, 2012
The Washington State University women's rowing team, currently ranked 13th in the country, will compete at the 2012 Lake Natoma Invitational in Gold River, Calif., Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15. Saturday's events will begin at 8:30 a.m. PT on Lake Natoma. The Cougars travel to California after competing in a dual regatta with Washington, April 3 at the Montlake Cut in Seattle where WSU's novice eight handed UW a three-second defeat.
The 2012 Lake Natoma Invitational:
The Lake Natoma Invitational, hosted by the University of California and Sacramento State University, is held on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif., at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center...the 2,000-meter race will feature three-boat heats both Saturday morning and afternoon...points will be awarded based on finish...the top three teams in each event will advance to the Grand Final Sunday morning, with the next three competing in the Petite Final, and the other three competing in a third race...nine crews will be competing at this year's Lake Natoma Invitational...in addition to Washington State, California, Stanford, Brown, Texas, Wisconsin, Indiana, Tulsa, and Sacramento State will be in attendance...five of the nine schools, including WSU, are currently ranked in the USRowing/CRCA Top-20 poll.
Last Time at the Lake Natoma Invitational:
The Cougars' last competed at the Lake Natoma Invitational, April 18, 2010 when they made their inaugural appearance at the event...WSU notched a third-place overall team finish at the regatta after strong performances from the varsity eight and varsity four squads...WSU entered the second day of racing tied for second-place with Stanford and four team points behind event co-host California...the Cougars' varsity eight and second varsity eight each finished third in their final races with the varsity eight clocking a time of 6:36.34...the second varsity eight finished within one second of Stanford, earning a time of 6:41.81, while the varsity four earned a second-place finish behind California...the novice eight also recorded a second-place finish behind the Golden Bears.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Lake Natoma Invitational:
"Lake Natoma is a great course. We've raced there a ton recently because the Pac-12 Championships are held there each year and the last two NCAA Championships have been held there. It feels comfortable for us and feels like a home course. The course is well marked and great for spectators which makes it a fun place to race. The Lake Natoma Invitational has three-boat races, so it's nice to have a little more to focus on than in a dual meet. This regatta is another step and we need to keep moving in the right direction."
Last Time on the Water:
The Cougars traveled to Seattle last weekend to face the Washington Huskies in a dual regatta on the Montlake Cut, April 7...WSU garnered the top time in the novice eight event while the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity fours, and open eights were edged out by UW...WSU's novice eight finished the 2,000-meter race in a time of 6:53.0, over three seconds ahead of the Huskies who turned in a time of 6:56.3...in the varsity eight event, Washington State's varsity eight maintained a close race with the Huskies and finished the race five seconds back to UW in a time of 6:39.7...the second varsity eight finished six seconds behind the Huskies in a time of 6:51.4...the Cougars launched two boats in the varsity four event, with WSU's A squad clocking a time of 7:30.1...Washington State's B boat finished in 7:36.3, five seconds back to Washington's second boat...the regatta also included an open eight event, in which the Cougars launched two eights...the Cougars A and B boats garnered second and fourth-place finishes, respectively, with the A squad finishing in 7:03.4, while the B boat finished in 7:15.4.
Cougs Ranked 13th in USRowing/CRCA Poll:
WSU is currently ranked 13th in the nation in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Division I Poll presented by Pocock Racing Shells, the organizations announced April 11...six of the Pac-12's seven rowing squads are ranked in the top-20 poll (UW-second, UCLA-fourth, USC-seventh, Cal-eighth, Stanford-ninth, WSU-13th) and Oregon State is receiving one vote...Washington State finished fifth in the conference and 12th at the NCAA Championships in 2011...the Cougars returned three rowers from last season's varsity eight boat, which placed 11th at last year's Championships and six from the second varsity eight boat that placed 10th.
Jane LaRiviere is in her 10th year as head coach of the WSU women's rowing program...the Cougars have raced in six NCAA Championships under LaRiviere, including a 12th-place finish last season...she is joined by assistant coach Josh Adam, novice coach Corrie McGrath, and graduate assistant Robyn Willow...Adam is in his second year after coaching the previous two years at Indiana...McGrath is in her fourth year at WSU, after coaching stints at Clemson and Central Florida...Willow begins her second year after coaching in Canada.