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Cougar Rowing Heads to Pac-10 Championships
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/12/2011
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May 12, 2011

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The No. 14 Washington State University rowing team will race at the Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championships Sunday, May 15 at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif...women's racing will begin at 9:50 a.m...WSU boats competing include the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and novice addition to challenging for the Pac-10 title, WSU will be competing for a bid to the NCAA Championships, which take place May 27-29, also at Lake Natoma.

The 2011 Pac-10 Rowing Championships will include the seven conference varsity rowing programs (California, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State), in contrast to years prior to last in which other West Coast schools were invited to participate...all events will be seven-lane races to determine the champion.

"The team has been taking care of the business that it needs to. Our general philosophy is we can't slow anyone down nor can we speed anyone up. We can only look after ourselves and I think we're in a good position to execute what we've been practicing. Our best performance is going to be competitive, we just don't know what spot that's going to earn us."

Last season California edged out Stanford by half of a point, finishing with 39.5 points for the Pac-10 title...Washington placed third with 31.5 points, followed by USC (24.5 points), UCLA (22 points), Washington State (17.5 points) and Oregon State (eight points)....WSU finished sixth overall for the second-straight year, led by a fourth-place finish by the second varsity eight crew...WSU's novice eight came in fifth, while both the varsity eight and varsity four placed sixth...WSU earned its best Pac-10 team finish in 2006, stroking to second place as a team...the Cougars have finished third three times (2003, 2004, 2008)...three Cougar crews have garnered Pac-10 Champion honors (second varsity eight, 1995, 1996; novice eight, 2001)...the varsity eight and varsity four boats' best finishes came in 2006 when both placed second.

For the first time under ninth year head coach Jane LaRiviere, WSU swept Oregon State, coming out victorious in all seven events April 30 at Dexter Lake...for the third time in the last four competitions, WSU's varsity eight boat came out victorious, holding onto the Crawford Perpetual Plate, named for WSU rowing's first head coach, Tammy Crawford, for the second-straight year...prior to the race, the home team had won the plate each of the previous five one of the closer races of the day, the Cougar second varsity eight out-stroked the Beavers by just under a second, finishing with a time of 6:57.7, ahead of OSU's 6:58.5 for the win...WSU's varsity four crew also won its third race in the last four duals. The Cougars finished 13 seconds ahead of the Beavers with a time of 7:48.23.

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.

Six of the seven Pacific-10 Conference rowing teams are ranked in the latest CRCA/USRowing Division I Coaches Poll presented by Pocock Racing Shells released May 4...with 449 votes, California jumped from third to a tie for first in the latest poll, earning 12 first-place votes...the Golden Bears are tied with Princeton...two other Pac-10 schools appear in the top-four, Stanford in third with one first-place vote and 415 votes and USC in fourth with one first-place vote and 411 total votes...Washington is seventh (335 points), WSU 14th (187 points) and UCLA moved up a spot to 17th (122 points)...Oregon State is receiving four votes.

Varsity Eight: coxswain- Lexi Ryman, Lisa Roman, Allie Reilly, Crystal Martin, Corinna Sharick, Christina Kinck, Hannah deVos, Sarah Wolff, Annie Eastwood.
Second Varsity Eight: coxswain- Emily Boquet, Natasha Ostopovich, Liz England, Stephanie Hinkle, Justine Galbraith, Mollie McCabe, Alison Smith, Sarah Powell, Carly Johnson.
Varsity Four: coxswain- Cayla Ravancho, Rachel McNeil, Liz Beck, Kasia Rademacher, Liana DeMaris.
Novice Eight: coxswain- Alex Biswas, Ella Odland, Elise Jones, Chelsey Stotler, Hannah Jacobs, Ashlee Bonahoom, bow- Kendall Boliba.

In Sunday's Pac-10 Rowing Championships, WSU will be competing for a bid to the NCAA Championships, which take place May 27-29, also at Lake Natoma...teams selected to the NCAAs will be announced Tuesday, May 17.

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