March 18, 2004
What's Happening This Week: The Washington State University women's rowing squad kicks off the spring season at Silver Lake near Spokane against the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Saturday, March 20...competition begins at 9 a.m...the Cougars' varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four, novice eight and novice four will be in action...after this week's competition the Cougars travel to Redwood City, Calif. for the Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic, March 27-28 at Redwood Shores Lagoon.
Varsity Eight Ranked in Preseason Poll: The Cougars are No. 15 in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Preseason Poll...WSU is one of five Pacific-10 Conference teams in the poll...Stanford (No. 6), Washington (No. 10), California (No. 11) and USC (No. 12) were the other conference teams...Brown holds the No. 1 position in the poll.
What Happened In The Fall: The Cougars took advantage of the fall training session by competing in three regattas: the Head of Spokane and Head of the Snake against Gonzaga, and the Head of the Lake in Seattle...at the Head of the Lake, the Cougars faced opponents that included Virginia, Michigan State, Stanford, Syracuse and Washington...the varsity eight took eighth while the second varsity eight and third varsity eight boats garnered fourth place finishes...the varsity eight captured first place against Gonzaga in the Head of the Snake...the second varsity eight won the Head of Spokane...the fall campaign also provided an opportunity for newly acquired members of the team and first year rowers to compete in scrimmages in preparation for the spring season.
Cougars Coming Off Historic 2003 Season: WSU enters 2004 after a memorable 2003 season where the team earned its first team bid to the NCAA Championships... the Cougars finished 12th at the NCAAs headed by a top 10 finish from the varsity four...the varsity eight led the Cougars at the Pac-10 Championships with a third place effort...the novice eight achieved success as well by winning the San Diego Crew Classic for the second consecutive year.
Directions to Silver Lake:
Take Interstate 90 West to Exit #272 (WA 902) Medical Lake Exit
Turn right onto WA-902 (West Medical Lake Road)
Follow Medical Lake Road 5.25 miles
Turn Left onto North Stanley Road (Conoco Station at corner)
Follow North Stanley Road for half a mile
Turn right onto East Lake Road
Follow East Lake Road for one block
Turn left onto North Hallett Road
Follow North Hallett Road 2.25 miles
Road ends at Silver Lake Camp