Oct. 22, 2008
What's Happening This Week: The Washington State University women's rowing team will travel to Spokane to take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Head of the Spokane, Saturday, Oct. 25.
The 2008 Head of the Spokane: Racing will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Gonzaga Boathouse on the Spokane River...the race is in "head" format, in which the boats start at intervals, racing both the clock and each other.
About the Head of the Spokane: The Head of the Spokane is part of Gonzaga's annual Alumni Weekend hosted by the men's and women's crew teams, taking place Oct. 24-26...the race covers a 5,000 meter stretch of the Spokane River.
Last Year at the Head of the Spokane: Washington State captured six of seven races against Gonzaga. The Cougar varsity eight won by finishing the course with a time of 17:23, 16 seconds ahead of Gonzaga's boat. The WSU second varsity eight, third varsity eight, novice eight, second novice eight, and third novice eight were also victorious. Gonzaga's fourth varsity eight was its only winning boat, finishing 34 seconds ahead of WSU's boat.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Head of the Spokane: "Racing is the highest form of training. We are really looking forward to this opportunity to test ourselves."
Last Time Out: WSU opened its fall season at the Head of the Oklahoma Oct. 4-5, 2008...the Cougars finished second and fifth, respectively, in the women's collegiate eight NightSprint Grand Final...WSU placed three of its four boats in the top four of the women's open four event...placed all four of its women's open pairs boats in the top six...both Cougar women's collegiate four boats finished in the top three in competition held at the Oklahoma River.
Coaching Staff: Jane LaRiviere is in her seventh year as head coach of the WSU women's rowing program...the Cougars have raced in four NCAA Championships under LaRiviere, including a ninth place finish in 2008...she is joined by assistant coach Tara Medina, novice coach Corrie McGrath, and graduate assistant Crystal Culp...Medina is in her third year as an assistant, after coaching one year for Michigan...McGrath will start her first year coaching at WSU, after coaching stints at Clemson and the University of Central Florida...Culp comes to WSU after coaching in Canada and Michigan for the past three years.
On Tap for Next Week: The Cougars return to the Palouse Friday, Oct. 31 to host the Head of the Snake Regatta at Wawawai Landing...WSU will compete against the Gonzaga Bulldogs...the race will begin at 4 p.m.
Directions to Gonzaga's Boathouse: Head to Spokane, take I-90 East bound through Spokane EXIT at Broadway (# 286) Turn RIGHT at the top of the ramp Turn LEFT onto Park St (turn just before 7-11) Keep going to the River and then turn LEFT onto a gravel road Continue driving on this road, it will cut across a field and go through a gate.