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Cougar Varsity Eight Defeats 15th-Ranked Michigan
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 04/23/2011
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April 23, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ranked 17th in the country, the Washington State University varsity eight boat defeated No. 15 Michigan and the varsity four boat went undefeated with wins over Michigan and No. 7 Michigan State Saturday, as WSU women's rowing competed in two duals at Griggs Reservoir on Scioto River at Columbus, Ohio.

"I think the Cougs raced hard today," WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere said.

WSU took two of four races against each ranked opponent, with the varsity eight and varsity four defeating Michigan and the varsity four and novice eight earning victories over Michigan State. The teams were lucky to get the races in as stormy weather approached the area.

In the final race of the morning session, Washington State's varsity eight (coxswain- Lexi Ryman, Sarah Wolff, Hannah deVos, Allie Reilly, Corinna Sharick, Christina Kinck, Crystal Martin, Lisa Roman, bow- Annie Eastwood) out-stroked Michigan's crew by nearly three seconds, finishing with a time of 6:37.6 for the victory. The Wolverines clocked a time of 6:40.8. The varsity eight crew raced tight against the highly ranked Spartans in the afternoon, finishing just over three seconds behind with a time of 6:42.7.

The varsity four boat (coxswain- Emily Boquet, Carly Johnson, Liz Beck, Rachel McNeil, Liana DeMaris) also defeated Michigan, finishing with a time of 7:42.7, nearly five seconds ahead of the Wolverines who clocked a time of 7:47.4. In the afternoon session, the Cougars made a statement with a 17-second victory over the Spartans of Michigan State, remaining undefeated while finishing with a time of 7:28.1, as MSU clocked in at 7:45.9.

Washington State's novice eight boat (coxswain- Alex Biswas, Ella Odland, bow- Kendall Boliba) had the other victory on the day, defeating Michigan State in the afternoon session. The Cougars finished 14 seconds ahead of the Spartans with a time of 7:03.0, compared to MSU's 7:17.4. In the morning session the novice eight was just over seven seconds behind Michigan, clocking a time of 7:08.8.

WSU's second varsity eight (coxswain- Cayla Ravancho, Natasha Ostopovich, Justine Galbraith, Mollie McCabe, Liz England, Stephanie Hinkle, Ann Hoag, Alison Smith, bow- Sarah Powell) fell to both Michigan and Michigan State Saturday. In the morning session the Cougars finished nearly four seconds behind the Wolverines with a time of 6:47.0. Michigan notched a time of 6:43.1. In the afternoon, WSU finished with a time of 6:50.0, just over four seconds behind MSU at 6:45.8.

Washington State continues action at Griggs Reservoir as it takes on No. 11 Ohio State, Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. ET (6 a.m. PT).

No. 17 Washington State vs. No. 15 Michigan
Saturday, April 23 - Griggs Reservoir - Scioto River (Columbus, Ohio)
First Session

Novice Eight: 1. Michigan - 7:01.3; 2. Washington State - 7:08.8
Varsity Four: 1. Washington State - 7:42.7 ; 2. Michigan - 7:47.4
Second Varsity Eight: 1. Michigan - 6:43.1 ; 2. Washington State - 6:47.0
Varsity Eight: 1. Washington State - 6:37.6 ; 2. Michigan - 6:40.8

No. 17 Washington State vs. No. 7 Michigan State
Saturday, Apri. 23 - Griggs Reservoir - Scioto River (Columbus, Ohio)
Second Session

Novice Eight: Washington State - 7:03.0; 2. Michigan State - 7:17.4
Varsity Four: 1. Washington State - 7:28.1; 2. Michigan State - 7:45.9
Second Varsity Eight: 1. Michigan State - 6:45.8; Washington State - 6:50.0
Varsity Eight: 1. Michigan State - 6:39.0; 2. Washington State - 6:42.7

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