May 14, 2003
What's Happening This Week: The Pacific-10 Conference Championships is on tap for the Washington State women's rowing team this week...the championships will be held at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif., Sunday, May 18.
Schedule: Morning races begin at 8 a.m., Sunday, with the first heat of the women's varsity four competition, and run through approximately 10:30 a.m...the afternoon finals run from approximately 12:10 p.m. to 2:50 p.m...the men's and women's varsity eight finals are scheduled to begin at 2:10 and 2:20 p.m., respectively...for a complete listing of all races and times, please visit the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org.
The Competitors: Eight Pacific-10 institutions will compete - California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State...the Trojans will compete as a Pac-10 member on the women's side only...other West Coast institutions competing include UC Davis, Sacramento State, Long Beach State, Santa Clara, UC San Diego, San Diego State, Loyola Marymount and Orange Coast College.
Scoring: The Pacific-10 Conference men's and women's rowing champions are determined by the order of finish of the Pac-10 crews in the following events: men's varsity eight, men's second varsity eight, men's freshman/novice eight, men's varsity four, women's varsity eight, women's second varsity eight, women's novice eight and women's varsity four.
Championship Results: Live scoring will be available on the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org (click on "Rowing").
NCAA Championships: The Seventh Annual NCAA Women's Rowing Championships will be held Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1, 2003, at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind...a total of 16 teams will advance to the championships...a dozen teams (varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four) in addition to four at-large varsity eight crews will compete in the championships...selections to the NCAA Championships will be announced, Tuesday, May 20.
Cougar Varsity Eight Ranked No. 13 in Nation: The Cougars are No. 13 in the May 14 USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll...the Pac-10 holds four of the top 10 positions in the poll with Washington heading the list at No. 1...California (T-2nd), Stanford (6th), and USC (8th) complete the quartet...Oregon State is the other conference team in the poll at 16th...the Pac-10 seedings reflect the poll positions as UW holds the top seed with Cal second, Stanford third, USC fourth, WSU fifth and OSU sixth...the Cougar men's varsity eight is seeded 11th by the Pac-10.
Lineups for Pac-10 Championships:
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere On The Pac-10 Championships: "We've got to go down there and keep our wits about ourselves. We have to first take care of business in the heats but barring any unforeseen disasters the finals should be who can put it together at the right moment."
LaRiviere On The NCAA Possibilities: "About as much as we can do is to anticipate what could happen. I don't want to lose sight of the main goal. We have to go there, not worry about anybody else, and just worry about our own performance. If the rowers are able to put together their best performance of the year than we just have to be satisfied with the results. Fortunately, I think that we are talented enough to be pretty happy with the results if we row our best. At the same time, we don't row for the selection process. That kind of stuff is out of our control so I choose not to worry about it. We have to go do our job at the Pac-10's and hope for the best."
Last Year At The Pac-10 Championships: The Cougars posted a fourth place finish at last year's conference championships...the varsity eight finished third in its Grand Final...that result propelled the varsity eight crew to an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships...the novice eight posted a second place effort, finishing just a tenth of a second behind Oregon State.