Oct. 27, 2010
Rowing Hosts Lone Fall Regatta: The Washington State University women's rowing team will face Gonzaga for the second time in a week as it hosts the Bulldogs at the annual Head of the Snake Regatta Friday, Oct. 29...racing begins at 3 p.m. at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River...the Cougars will be competing in pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The Head of the Snake: In its eighth year, the Head of the Snake features a 5,000 meter stretch of the Snake River...race is in "head" format, which in Friday's case means the boats will start at 15 second intervals, racing both the clock and each other...for spectators the boats start out of sight, eventually finishing in front of the boathouse to the cheer of the crowd...WSU varsity eight crew has gone undefeated against the Bulldogs at the Head of the Snake seven consecutive years, and will look to add to that total Friday.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Head of the Snake: "We can't take Gonzaga for granted because they've been getting faster and better. They're a worthy contender and we can't just go there and spin our wheels."
Last Year at the Head of the Snake: Despite unfavorable weather conditions last season, the Cougars finished four of its seven boats ahead of Gonzaga...intermittent strong wind gusts caused whitecaps and forced a 45 minute delay of the first flight...race officials nearly cancelled races, but the weather held out and all flights were able to proceed...all four WSU varsity boats finished in front of Gonzaga for the second straight week...the Cougar varsity eight finished with a time of 15:17.52, approximately 51 seconds faster than the Bulldog varsity eight...second varsity eight and third varsity eight each finished approximately 30 seconds in front of their Gonzaga counterparts, finishing with times of 16:17.87 and 16:39.01 respectively...the WSU fourth varsity eight also finished with a faster time than the Bulldog third varsity eight, finishing with a time of 17:01.33...each of the three Cougar novice boats dropped its race against the Bulldogs.
Cougars' Last Outing: The Cougars headed up to Spokane for their first dual regatta of the season at Gonzaga...WSU had success in the varsity eight races, capturing first, second and fourth in the race that pitted WSU's first, second and third varsity eight crews against Gonzaga's first and second varsity eight boats...the Cougars' fourth varsity eight defeated Gonzaga's third varsity eight by over a minute in its flight...Gonzaga won both of the novice races.
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.
Next Up: Washington State will travel to Seattle next week to compete in the Head of the Lake Regatta Sunday, Nov. 7...the event is hosted by Pac-10 rival Washington.
Directions to the WSU Boathouse at 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.