April 25, 2012
The Washington State University women's rowing team will host its lone home regatta of the season as it faces Oregon State, Saturday, April 28 at 9 a.m. at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River. The No. 16 Cougars return to action after sweeping Gonzaga in dual action April 21 at Silver Lake in Medical Lake, Wash.
The Crawford Perpetual Plate and the Winchell Cup:
Washington State and Oregon State meet each spring to compete in dual action...on the line are the Crawford Perpetual Plate, named after the Cougars' first rowing coach, Tammy Crawford, and the Winchell Cup, named for 11-year novice coach, Jodi Winchell...the Crawford Perpetual Plate is awarded to the winner of the varsity eight race...WSU has garnered the award for the last two years and has held on to the plate in three of the last four meetings with the Beavers...the Winchell Cup is awarded to the team with the most total points on the day, with points awarded based on the boat's finish...the point system is weighted with the most points available in the varsity eight race...the Cougars have hoisted the cup two-consecutive years and three of the last four years...Oregon State last won the Crawford Perpetual Plate and the Winchell Cup in 2009.
Last Year Against Oregon State:
In their final regular season regatta of 2011, the Cougars traveled to Corvallis, Ore. to face the Beavers, April 30, 2011...WSU completed the sweep of Oregon State, notching victories in all seven events...the sweep marked the first of OSU for head coach Jane LaRiviere in her tenure at WSU...Washington State won the varsity eight event for a second-consecutive season and held on to the Crawford Perpetual Plate...the Cougars also garnered the Winchell Cup for the second year in a row.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Oregon State Dual:
"Oregon State is a strong team and you can't overlook anyone in the Pac-12. They had some great races two weeks ago at the Michigan Invitational and we are expecting a close race all the way down the course this weekend. It's coming down to the end of the season and we are ready to have a great race from start to finish. The course down at the Snake River is a lot of fun for spectators and we are excited to be racing at home."
Last Time on the Water:
The Cougars returned to Eastern Washington to face the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Silver Lake in Medical Lake, Wash., April, 21...WSU completed a sweep of the Bulldogs with victories in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four, second varsity four, novice eight, and second novice eight events...the Washington State team maintained control of the Fawley Cup for the fourth-consecutive year with a first-place finish in the varsity eight event in a time of 6:32.39, over five seconds ahead of the Bulldogs...the Cougars have won 19 of 21 spring races against Gonzaga.
Cougs Ranked 16th in USRowing/CRCA Poll:
WSU is currently ranked 16th in the nation in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Division I Poll presented by Pocock Racing Shells...six of the Pac-12's seven rowing squads are ranked in the top-20 poll (Cal-first, USC-fifth, UW-sixth, UCLA-eighth, Stanford-12th, WSU-16th) and Oregon State is receiving six votes...Washington State finished fifth in the conference and 12th at the NCAA Championships in 2011...the Cougars returned three rowers from last season's varsity eight boat, which placed 11th at last year's Championships and six from the second varsity eight boat that placed 10th.
Jane LaRiviere is in her 10th year as head coach of the WSU women's rowing program...the Cougars have raced in six NCAA Championships under LaRiviere, including a 12th-place finish last season...she is joined by assistant coach Josh Adam, novice coach Corrie McGrath, and graduate assistant Robyn Willow...Adam is in his second year after coaching the previous two years at Indiana...McGrath is in her fourth year at WSU, after coaching stints at Clemson and Central Florida...Willow begins her second year after coaching in Canada.
Directions to Wawawai Landing:
From Highway 195 (North or South), turn west on Wawawai Road at the blinking yellow light...travel on Wawawai Road for 10 miles, the road will end at a stop sign...turn right and drive six miles down into the canyon...go past the county park on the right and over the railroad tracks...the boathouse is a cinderblock building on the right...park on the side of the road or in the parking lot south of the boathouse.