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Cougars Head to Ohio to Face Ranked Competition
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 04/21/2011
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April 21, 2011

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What's Happening This Week:
Washington State University women's rowing, ranked 17th in the country, will go out of conference to face three ranked foes as it takes on No. 7 Michigan State, No. 11 Ohio State and No. 15 Michigan, Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24 at Griggs Reservoir at Columbus, Ohio...WSU will compete in three dual meetings, facing Michigan Saturday morning, Michigan State Saturday afternoon and Ohio State Sunday morning.

Action starts Saturday as the Cougars take on the Wolverines and Ohio State and Michigan State compete against one another...the first race that WSU will compete in is the novice eight race against Michigan slated for 9:10 a.m. ET (6:10 a.m. PT)...the varsity four showdown is set for 9:50 a.m. between the two schools, followed by the second varsity eight race at 10:10 a.m...the morning concludes with the varsity eight race at 10:30 a.m....OSU and MSU race in each event 10 minutes after Michigan and WSU.

In the afternoon portion, the Cougars go against the Spartans of Michigan State...the first race WSU will compete in is the novice eight at 1:10 p.m. ET (10:10 a.m. PT)...that race is followed by the varsity four (1:40 p.m.), second varsity eight (2 p.m.) and the varsity eight race (2:20 p.m.)...Michigan and Ohio State will compete in each event 10 minutes after the Cougars and Spartans.

Sunday WSU takes on Ohio State in its own water...the first race (novice eight) will begin at 9 a.m. ET (6 a.m. PT)...the varsity fours will go at 9:15 a.m., the second varsity eights at 9:30 a.m. and the varsity eight boats will race at 9:45 a.m.

At Griggs Reservoir:
The Cougars last competed at Griggs Reservoir in a multi-dual regatta April 18 and 19, 2009...WSU also faced Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan...the Cougs' second varsity eight boat went undefeated on the weekend with wins over all three of the Big Ten schools...Washington State dropped three of the four races against Michigan State and Michigan but went two-and-two against Ohio State, with the novice eight boat coming out victorious.

The Cougars last saw all three schools at the NCAA Championships May of 2010...Michigan State finished ninth, Michigan 11th, Washington State 13th and Ohio State 14th at the event at Gold River, Calif.

Cougars' Last Outing:
The Cougars hosted the then-seventh-ranked Huskies, April 9 at Wawawai Landing...WSU was swept by UW, dropping all six races...a video replay was needed to confirm the results of the second varsity eight race, in which Washington edged out WSU by less than a second...after coming back toward the end of the race, the Cougars clocked a time of 6:50.13, while the Huskies finished with a mark of 6:49.66...Washington's varsity eight boat regained the Apple Cup after falling to Washington State four of the five previous years.

Coaching Staff:
Jane LaRiviere is in her ninth year as head coach of the WSU women's rowing program...the Cougars have raced in five NCAA Championships under LaRiviere, including a 13th-place finish last season...she is joined by assistant Josh Adam, novice coach Corrie McGrath, and graduate assistant Robyn Willow...Adam is in his first year after coaching the last two years at Indiana...McGrath is in her third year at WSU, after coaching stints at Clemson and Central Florida...Willow also begins her first year after coaching in Canada.

Pac-10 Highly Ranked:
Six of the seven Pacific-10 Conference rowing teams are ranked in this week's CRCA/USRowing Division I Coaches Poll presented by Pocock Racing Shells released April 20...with 430 votes, Stanford jumped from fifth to second in this week's poll, jumping California (fourth, 422) and USC (third, 424)...Washington is ranked ninth, while WSU is tied with UCLA for 17th (115 points)...Oregon State is receiving votes with three.

This Weekend's Lineups:
Varsity Eight: coxswain-Lexi Ryman, 8-Sarah Wolff, 7-Hannah deVos, 6-Allie Reilly, 5-Corinna Sharick, 4-Christina Kinck, 3-Crystal Martin, 2-Lisa Roman, bow-Annie Eastwood.
Second Varsity Eight: coxswain-Cayla Ravancho, 8-Natasha Ostopovich, 7-Justine Galbraith, 6-Mollie McCabe, 5-Liz England, 4-Stephanie Hinkle, 3-Ann Hoag, 2-Alison Smith, bow-Sarah Powell.
Varsity Four: coxswain-Emily Boquet, 4-Carly Johnson, 3-Liz Beck, 2-Rachel McNeil, 1-Liana DeMaris.
Novice Eight: coxswain-Alex Biswas, 8-Kerry Hassall, 7-Elise Jones, 6-Chelsey Stotler, 5-Hannah Jacobs, 4-Ashlee Bonahoom, 3-Gina Head, 2-Ella Odland, bow-Kendall Boliba.

Next Week:
Washington State will get its final tune-up before the Pac-10 Championships (May 15), as it heads to Dexter, Ore. to take on Oregon State.

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