April 4, 2004
SAN DIEGO, Calif.- The Washington State women's rowing varsity eight finished in fourth place of the Jessop-Whittier Cup Sunday as part of the San Diego Crew Classic finals in Mission Bay, Calif. The second varsity eight and novice eight both finished third in their respective Grand Finals.
In the varsity eight final the Cougars - ranked No. 12 in the US Rowing/NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll - rowed a time of 7:04.10, seven seconds behind the victor California (No.2), but only trailed second place finisher Washington (No.10) by a mere three seconds. Tennessee (No. 14) placed third and Notre Dame (No.20) placed seventh to round out the competition.
"We raced really well, this was a hard fought battle," said WSU Rowing Coach Jane LaRiviere. "Once we get more speed, I think we'll make the Pac-10s a little more interesting."
The Cougars' second varsity eight garnered a third place finish amongst six teams, rowing a time of 7:12.69. California won the race with a time of 7:04.8
WSU's novice eight also finished third out of six teams by rowing a time of 7:16.39. Washington finished with a time of 7:05.30, to earn a first place finish. WSU had won the novice eight Grand Final the previous two years in San Diego.
The Cougars return to action when they head to Seattle to face off against Washington at Montlake Cut, April 10.
For a complete list of all the results from the San Diego Crew Classic click here.
San Diego Crew Classic
Mission Bay, San Diego, Calif.
All races 2000m
Varsity Eight (Jessop-Whittier Cup): 1, California 6:57.1. 2, Washington 7:00.63. 3, Tennessee 7:02.68. 4, Washington State 7:04.10. 5, Wisconsin 7:06.02. 6, USC 7:09.95. 7, Notre Dame 7:16.90.
Second Varsity Eight: 1, California 7:04.8. 2, Washington 7:10.89. 3, Washington State 7:12.69. 4, Wisconsin 7:16.07. 5, USC 7:19.77. 6, Oregon State 7:27.05.
Novice Eight: 1, Washington 7:05.30. 2, California 7:13.25. 3, Washington State 7:16.39. 4, Oregon State 7:18.35. 5, Clemson 7:23.65. 6, UCLA 7:28.99.