April 30, 2011
LOWELL, Ore. - For the first time under ninth year head coach Jane LaRiviere, Washington State University women's rowing swept Oregon State, coming out victorious in all seven events Saturday at Dexter Lake in the Cougars' final tune-up before the Pacific-10 Conference Championships.
"I was really proud of the team's performance," LaRiviere said. "Every person and every boat took care of business today."
The teams raced in good weather conditions with just 2-3 mile head winds. The Cougars captured the Winchell Cup, named for 11-year WSU novice coach Jodi Winchell (1990-2001), for the second-straight year by earning victories in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four races.
For the third time in the last four competitions, WSU's varsity eight boat (coxswain- Lexi Ryman, 8- Sarah Wolff, 7- Hannah deVos, 6- Allie Reilly, 5- Corinna Sharick, 4- Christina Kinck, 3- Crystal Martin, 2- Lisa Roman, bow- Annie Eastwood) came out victorious, holding onto the Crawford Perpetual Plate, named for WSU rowing's first head coach, Tammy Crawford, for the second-straight year. Prior to this weekend, the home team had won the plate each of the previous five years. The Cougars finished with a time of 6:48.16, 15 seconds ahead of Oregon State with a time of 7:03.16.
In one of the closer races of the day, the Cougar second varsity eight (coxswain- Emily Boquet, 8- Natasha Ostopovich, 7- Carly Johnson, 6- Jennifer Hale, 5- Justine Galbraith, 4- Mollie McCabe, 3- Liz England, 2- Sarah Powell, bow- Alison Smith) out-stroked the Beavers by just under a second, finishing with a time of 6:57.7, ahead of OSU's 6:58.5 for the win.
WSU's varsity four crew (coxswain- Cayla Ravancho, 4- Rachel McNeil, 3- Liz Beck, 2- Kasia Rademacher, bow- Liana DeMaris) also won its third race in the last four duals. The Cougars finished 13 seconds ahead of the Beavers with a time of 7:48.23.
The second varsity four (coxswain- Heidi Kim, 4- Brianne Gould, 3- Stephanie Hinkle, 2- Ann Hoag, bow- Erin Ranney) and third varsity four (coxswain- Rachel Johnson, 4- Kerry Hassall, 3- Elise Jones, 2- Marina Morshead, bow- Kelsey Lounsbury) crews also captured large victories. WSU's second varsity four boat notched a nearly 17-second victory with a time of 7:58.84, while the third varsity four finished just over 17 seconds ahead of Oregon State with a time of 8:01.9.
The Cougars' novice eight boat (coxswain- Alex Biswas, 8- Ella Odland, 5- Gina Head, 4- Chelsey Stotler, 3- Hannah Jacobs, 2- Ashlee Bonahoom, bow- Kendall Boliba) captured its third-straight victory with a 0.44-second win over the Beavers. WSU clocked a time of 7:04.41, just edging out OSU with a time of 7:04.85.
The second novice eight (coxswain- Rachel Hall, 8- Emily Starkel, 7- Alicia Brandkamp, 6- Samantha Hoeper, 5- Olivia Dehner, 4- Sara Deibler, 3- Alyssa Rumann, 2- Megan Bech, 1- Shelly Donohue) also tasted victory with a time of 7:31.7, ahead of Oregon State's 7:39.1
Today marked the final regular season regatta for WSU as the Cougars will compete again Sunday, May 15 at the Pac-10 Championships. The championships will take place at Lake Natoma at Gold River, Calif., as WSU will be competing for a bid to the NCAA Championships, May 27-29, also at Lake Natoma.
No. 12 Washington State at Oregon State
Saturday, April 30 - Dexter Lake (Lowell, Ore.)
Varsity Eight: 1. WSU - 6:48.16, 2. OSU - 7:03.16
Second Varsity Eight: 1. WSU - 6:57.7, 2. OSU - 6:58.5
Varsity Four: 1. WSU - 7:48.23, 2. OSU - 8:01.84
Second Varsity Four: 1. WSU - 7:58.84, 2. OSU - 8:15.45
Third Varsity Four: 1. WSU - 8:01.9, 2. OSU - 8:19.2
Novice Eight: 1. WSU - 7:04.41, OSU - 7:04.85
Second Novice Eight: 1. WSU - 7:31.7, OSU - 7:39.1