April 10, 2003
What's Happening This Week: After a strong showing at the San Diego Crew Classic last week, the Washington State University women's rowing team returns to the Palouse to host its only home dual of the season...the Cougars will face in-state rival Washington at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River, Saturday, April 12 at 1 p.m.
Varsity Eight Moves Up In Poll: WSU's varsity eight moved up two positions to 12th in the April 9 US Rowing/NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll...the University of Washington dropped from the top position to No. 2 in the poll after falling to California at the San Diego Crew Classic...Cal now holds the top spot in the poll...the Pacific-10 Conference holds four of the top six positions (Stanford, No. 4; USC, No. 6)...additionally, Oregon State, which WSU defeated at Corvallis,March 29, is No. 15 in the poll.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere On This Week's Competition: "Everybody wants to beat Washington because they are always the No. 1 ranked team. But part of the reason they are the No. 1 ranked team is that they are consistent and they get better as the year goes on. I have a lot of respect for (UW Head Coach) Jan Harville and her team over there. They are amazing. I appreciate the opportunity to race against the best in the country. There are no expectations on us. It is a pressure-free weekend. We can go in and try some new things; it is a time to take some risks."
San Diego Crew Classic Wrap-up: The Washington State novice eight crew defended its title while the second varsity eight took second place and the varsity eight finished fifth in the Grand Finals of the San Diego Crew Classic, April 6 at Mission Bay in San Diego, Calif.
In the varsity eight Jessop-Whittier Cup Grand Final, the Cougars rowed a time of 6:52.62 en route to its fifth place finish. WSU - ranked No. 14 in the US Rowing/NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll - finished less than six seconds behind No. 7 USC for fourth place.
"I am pretty happy with their performance," WSU Coach Jane LaRiviere said of the varsity eight. "Obviously, I would like to finish a little higher but I think this is early in the season and we know exactly what we need to do to improve."
The novice eight crew opened up the day's competition for WSU and did not disappoint.
The Cougars recorded a time of 7:01.7 on the 2000m course bettering Oregon State's 7:02.76. WSU was fourth after 500 meters but improved their position to third at 1000 meters and took the lead at the 1500-meter mark.
The second varsity eight line-up rallied to take second in its Grand Final. WSU rowed a time of 6:50.08 to edge California by .07 for the runner-up position, just behind Washington's first place time of 6:48.8. WSU was fourth after 500 meters but recorded the fastest time in the ensuing 1000 meters to improve its position to third.
WSU found itself just over two tenths of a second behind Washington and less than a second and a half behind California heading into the final 500 meters. In that stretch, WSU clocked a time of 1:40.53 enabling the crew to overtake Cal, which recorded a time of 1:42.03, for second place. The Huskies posted a time of 1:39.58 in the final 500 meters to take the championship.
Washington State's line-up versus Washington:
Second Novice Eight: Megan Buckalew, Kristin Sandifur, Emily Diepenheim, Suzanne Vogt, Cyndi Heagy, Alex Napier, Jessica Bills, Molly Green, Lauren Fellows.
Novice Four (A): Karen Estes, Paige Medlock, Laura Griffin, Shayna Morgan, Daiva Tacionyte.
Novice Four (B): Kelley Longman, Katie Searle, Camille Parke, Sarah Hineline, Christin Van Ess.
Directions To Wawawai Landing: From Highway 195 (north or south), turn west on Wawawai Road...travel on Wawawai Road for 10 miles...the road will end at a stop sign, turn right and drive down into the canyon six miles...at the bottom of the canyon, go past the county park on the right and over the railroad tracks...the boathouse is a cinderblock building on right...park on the side of the road or in the parking lot south of the boathouse.
WSU-UW Schedule Of Events
1 p.m. Women's Novice Four 1:15 p.m. Women's Second Novice Eight 1:30 p.m. Men's Varsity Eight 1:45 p.m. Women's Varsity Four 2 p.m. Women's Varisty Eight 2:15 p.m. Men's Second Varsity Eight 2:30 p.m. Women's Second Varsity Eight 2:45 p.m. Men's Varsity Four 3 p.m. Women's Third Varsity Eight 3:15 p.m. Women's Novice Eight 3:30 p.m. Men's Second Varsity Four