Oct. 27, 2011
Varsity Rowing Travels to Portland for the Weekend:
Fresh off of a strong showing at the Head of the Spokane regatta, the Washington State University varsity women's rowing team will head to Portland for a weekend of racing, Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30 to compete in the Portland Loop and Portland Fall Classic Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
The 2011 Portland Loop & Portland Fall Classic:
Racing will begin Saturday with the Portland Loop at 1:30 p.m. at Oaks Park on the Willamette River...the race is in "head" format, in which the boats start at intervals, racing both the clock and each other...the Portland Loop is a 4.5-mile race open to juniors, masters, open, championship and collegiate crews...the Cougars will face Gonzaga and the University of Oregon club crew at the Portland Loop, marking the second time this season the Cougars will face Gonzaga...racing continues Sunday at the Portland Fall Classic...the Cougars will face their first Pacific-12 opponent of the 2011-12 season as Oregon State is entered in the Portland Fall Classic as well...other collegiate teams include Gonzaga, Lewis Clark College, Seattle University, University of Portland, and Willamette University...the race normally takes place on the Willamette River; however, due to bridge construction the competition has been moved to Vancouver Lake, Wash....the Portland Fall Classic is a 5-kilometer race open to juniors, masters, open, championship and racing will begin at 10 a.m., weather permitting.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Portland Loop & Portland Fall Classic:
"There's a pretty good field for the Portland Fall Classic on Sunday and Gonzaga will be there on Saturday. We have a fairly young team and we'll go down there and we'll have to rig and de-rig [the boats] and they're going to have to row after the long bus trip. So it's good preparation for traveling when it really counts. You have to have a different mentality on the road. It's also another thing to race two days in a row. You have an event and you have to get back up for another event and the San Diego Crew Classic is two days, the Lake Natoma Invite is two days, and the NCAA Championships is more than two days. It gives you practice in racing and having to come back and do it again the next day."
Cougar Novice to Compete in Pullman:
The women's novice crew, coached by Corrie McGrath, will be competing in Pullman, Wash. at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River Friday, Oct. 28...during this time, the varsity crew will be traveling to Portland for the Portland Loop and Portland Fall Classic regattas Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30, respectively...the novice races will be informal, with a longer head race style piece, and two shorter races...racing will begin around 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.
WSU Novice Coach Corrie McGrath on the Novice Competition:
"We traditionally race Gonzaga up there (Spokane) and then again down here. This year, both varsity teams are racing in Portland, so Drew (the Gonzaga coach) suggested we have a novice scrimmage, of sorts, on Friday. It's relatively informal. We will race a longer, head race style piece, then a couple of shorter pieces too. It should be a fun opportunity to host the Zags."
Cougars' Last Outing:
Last weekend WSU's varsity crew dominated the Head of the Spokane against Gonzaga and garnered the fastest three women's times of the day...the Cougars raced three varsity eights, two novice eights, three varsity fours, and two pairs...Washington State's varsity eight finished the five-kilometer head race in the fastest time of any women's boats at the regatta with a time of 17 minutes and 14 seconds (17:14), en route to beating the Gonzaga varsity eight, which posted a time of 17:59...the second varsity eight notched a time of 17:28, followed by the third varsity eight that finished in 17:56... the first novice eight completed the course in a time of 21:55, while the Cougars' third novice eight clocked a time of 22:20...Washington State's first varsity four and second varsity four took the top spots in their class (women's fours) and finished in times of 19:13 and 19:35, respectively, while the third varsity four completed the course in a time of 20:19...Washington State also raced two pairs, the first of which finished their race in a time of 20:12...the second pair was off to a strong start until the boat's oarlock came loose, but the pair was still able to finish the race in a time of 25:03.
Jane LaRiviere will begin 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 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.