March 19, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University rowing team will open up the 2009 spring season with Class Day Races, Saturday, March 21 at 1 p.m. at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River just outside of Pullman.
Class Day Races are a Cougar tradition and provide an opportunity for the classes to race against each other, as well as alumni. The competition will also give the team a break from practice. Friends and alumni of Cougar rowing are welcome to join the squad at Wawawai Landing.
The Cougars last competed during the falls season at the Head of the Lake hosted by the University of Washington on the Montlake Cut in Seattle Nov. 9. The Cougars had a solid showing in the regatta, with the varsity eight boat finishing second. WSU also competed in the Head of the Oklahoma (Oct. 4-5), the Head of the Spokane (Oct. 25) and the Head of the Snake (Oct. 31).
During winter training the Cougars opened its new indoor rowing tank. The WSU women's rowing team started using the tank in February, though it is not officially completed as several details are still in the process. The 18-inch-deep water in the tank streams against the oars of 16 rowers, creating a realistic simulation of on-the-water rowing. For more on the indoor rowing tank, click HERE.
Last season the Cougars earned their second-best team finish at the NCAA Championships, placing eighth in the event held at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Next up WSU will head to Spokane to take on familiar foe Gonzaga, Saturday March 28 at 9 a.m. The team can be followed all season long via the WSU Rowing Blog which can be accessed HERE.