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WSU Rowing Faces Tough Competition at Crew Classic
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 03/31/2011
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March 31, 2011

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What's Happening This Week: The 13th-ranked Washington State University women's rowing team will head to California to compete in the 38th San Diego Crew Classic at Mission Bay, April 2-3..the varsity eight, second varsity eight and novice eight crews will compete.

The varsity eight will be in contention for the prestigious Jessop-Whittier Cup while the second varsity eight and first novice will be in the running for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy and Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy, respectively.

The preliminary heat for the varsity eight will begin at 8:50 a.m. Saturday, April 2, and will feature WSU along with California, USC, UCLA, San Diego and Iowa...the second heat at 9 a.m. will include Stanford, Washington, Wisconsin, Oregon State, Oklahoma and Purdue...the Jessop-Whittier Cup Grand Final will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 3.

Second varsity eight will participate in the third Hungness Trophy second heat at 10:30 a.m. Saturday...the Cougars will compete against Stanford, Iowa, San Diego, Tulsa, Fordham and Oregon State B in the heat...there are three heats of competitors...the grand final will take place at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

The Cougar novice eight will race at 11 a.m. in the second of three heats to qualify for the Korholz Perpetual trophy grand final...WSU will compete against USC, Sacramento State, Tulsa, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara...the grand final will take place Sunday at 10:40 a.m.

The San Diego Crew Classic: April of 1973 featured the inaugural San Diego Crew Classic...the event was created by two local rowing clubs, San Diego Rowing Club and the ZLAC Rowing Club for women...first competition featured nine considered one of the premier regattas in the United States...rowers will follow a 2,000 meter course along Mission Bay beginning near Sea World and ending at Crown Points Shores...the event attracts collegiate, junior and masters athletes that compete in 90 races over two days...across seven lanes, with the city skyline as a backdrop, they will race for early season honors and coveted trophies...more information can be found at

Cream of the Crop: The SDCC field includes seven teams (schools are ranked by entire team, not varsity eight) ranked in the most recent Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/U.S. Rowing Top-20 poll, No. 3 California, No. 4 Stanford, No. 8 Washington, No. 9 USC, No. 11 UCLA, No. 13 Washington State and No. 15 Wisconsin...six of the other competitors are receiving at least one vote in the latest poll (San Diego, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Alabama, Oregon State and Iowa)...all seven Pac-10 varsity teams will participate in the crew classic.

The 2010 SDCC: WSU advanced to the grand finals in all three races, finishing in the top-four in all three grand finals last year at the San Diego Crew Classic...the novice eight took home the Korholz Trophy with a time of 7:17.20, five seconds ahead of second-place UCLA...the second varsity eight finished third (6:53.0) in the Hungness Trophy Grand Final behind Virginia A and USC...the varsity eight placed fourth (6:44.06) in the Whittier Cup Grand Final behind Virginia, USC and UCLA.

Cougars' Last Outing: The Cougars defeated Gonzaga in dual action Saturday, March 26, winning five of the six races on the near-perfect conditions at Silver Lake.

Coaching Staff: 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.

Pac-10 Highly Ranked: 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 March 30...California is third, followed by Stanford in fourth...Washington (eighth), USC (ninth), UCLA (11th) and Washington State (12th) round out the Pac-10 teams in the preseason rankings...Oregon State is receiving votes with 22.

Next Week: Washington State hold its lone home regatta of the season as it hosts Washington, Saturday, April 9 at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River...the time is still to be determined.

Follow the Cougs: This weekend's San Diego Crew Classic will be streamed live at

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