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Cougars Travel to Oregon to Face Beavers
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 04/28/2011
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April 28, 2011

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What's Happening This Week: After jumping from No. 17 to No. 12 in the country, Washington State University women's rowing will head to Lowell, Ore. for its final competition before the Pac-10 Championships as it takes on Oregon State with the Winchell Cup on the line, Saturday, April 30. Racing begins at 9 a.m.

The second novices kick off the morning at 9 a.m., followed by the novices at 9:15 a.m. The battle for the Tammy Crawford Plate, the varsity eight race, is set for 9:30 a.m. and the second varsity eights take to the water at 9:45 a.m. The fours begin action at 10 a.m. with the varsity fours first, followed by the second varsity fours (10:15 a.m.) and the third varsity fours (10:30 a.m.).

Last Year Against Oregon State: Last year No. 10 WSU battled 11 mile per hour head winds to defeat Oregon State at Wawawai Landing May 1...the Cougars recaptured the Winchell Cup, named for 11-year WSU novice coach Jodi Winchell (1990-2001), by earning victories in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four races...the regatta was delayed 30 minutes due to white caps on the 2,000 meter Snake River course caused by strong gusts of wind.

Former Cougar varsity eight coxswain Corina Chilibeck and her sister, OSU varsity eight coxswain Bonnie Chilibeck, went head-to-head on the water for the first time in their careers...Corina led the WSU varsity eight in reclaiming the Crawford Perpetual Trophy, by finishing approximately 16 seconds in front of the Beavers with a time of 7:26.8...the home team has won the Crawford Perpetual Trophy, named for WSU rowing's first head coach, Tammy Crawford, each of the last five years.

Cougars' Last Outing: The Cougars had a solid weekend, despite looming stormy weather throughout the two days, as the varsity eight crew defeated No. 15 Michigan and No. 11 Ohio State and the varsity four boat defeated No. 15 Michigan and No. 7 Michigan State in three separate duals at Griggs Reservoir at Columbus, Ohio...WSU's novice eight won two of three as well (over Michigan State and Ohio State) against the ranked foes.

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.

Pac-10 Highly Ranked: Six of the seven Pacific-10 Conference rowing teams are ranked in this week's CRCA/USRowing Division I Coaches Poll presented by Pocock Racing Shells released April 20...with 441 votes, Stanford is just one vote out of first place in second...the Cardinal is followed closely by California (third, 435), USC (fourth, 427) and Washington (seventh, 325)...Washington State had the biggest jump of the Pac-10 schools going from a tie with UCLA for 17th to 12th in this week's poll (205)...UCLA dropped a spot to 18th (101)...Oregon State is receiving one vote.

This Weekend's Lineups:
Varsity Eight: 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.
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.
Novice Eight: coxswain- Alex Biswas, 8- Ella Odland, 5- Gina Head, 4- Chelsey Stotler, 3- Hannah Jacobs, 2- Ashlee Bonahoom, bow- Kendall Boliba.
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.
(varsity four, second varsity four and third varsity four lineups to come)

Next Week: This will be the last regular season regatta for WSU...the Cougars will compete again Sunday, May 15, at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships...the race will take place at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif...WSU will be competing for a bid to the NCAA Championships, which take place May 27-29, also at Lake Natoma.

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