April 12, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. - On an afternoon that began wet and windy, the sun broke out and so did the Cougars as the varsity four and second varsity eight crews captured wins over the University of Washington, Saturday, at Wawawai Landing at the Snake River.
In the Cougars' only home regatta of the year, the varsity four came from behind to beat the Huskies in the last 10 strokes of its race. The Cougars won the competition by just over a second competing the 2000m course in 8:54.37.
The No. 12 varsity eight crew raced well finishing just over six seconds behind the second-ranked Huskies. The Cougars recorded a time of 7:17.8 compared to UW's time of 7:11.6. However, the second varsity eight turned the tables on the Huskies defeating UW by just over six seconds in its race.
The third varsity eight, novice eight, second novice eight, and novice four were competitive but were unable to defeat the Huskies. The novice eight crew came close, losing to its in-state rival by less than four seconds.
"We did about as well as we could do," WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere said. "The varsity eight finished just over six seconds behind the number two ranked team in the country. They came together today and raced well.
"We knew the second varsity eight was capable of beating the Huskies after losing to UW by just over a second in San Diego," added LaRiviere, referring to last week's San Diego Crew Classic. "The real surprise was the varsity four, they were great. It shows how competitive we really are. This will help the team on bids to nationals."
University of Washington vs. WSU
Wawawai Landing, Pullman, Wash.
All races 2000m
Varsity Eight: UW 7:11.6, WSU 7:17.8
Second Varsity Eight: WSU 7:18.3, UW 7:24.5
Third Varsity Eight: UW 7:57.14, WSU 8:11.97
Varsity Four: WSU (A): 8:54.37, UW (A) 8:55.68, UW (B) 8:56.51, WSU (B) 9:14.89
Novice Eight: UW 7:49.5, WSU 7:53.3
Second Novice Eight: UW 8:15.54, WSU 8:28.95
Novice Four: UW 8:52.74, WSU (A) 9:22.18, WSU (B) 10:41.27
Varsity Eight: UW (A) 6:55.26, WSU 7:19.74
Second Varsity Eight: UW (A) 6:41.60, UW (B) 6:53.21, WSU 7:41.56
Varsity Four: UW 7:24.97, WSU 8:01.31
Second Varsity Four: UW 7:28.73, WSU (B) 8:09.91, WSU (A) 8:40.57