April 2, 2011
MISSION BAY, Calif. - The Washington State University women's rowing team advanced its three boats to the grand finals at the San Diego Crew Classic at Mission Bay, Saturday. The finals will take place Sunday.
The Cougar varsity eight placed third in its qualifying heat with a time of 6:34.08, behind USC in first and California in second. WSU edged out UCLA by two seconds as the teams are in pursuit of the Jessop-Wittier Cup. The varsity eight grand final will start at 9 a.m. The Cougars will be joined by Stanford, USC, Washington, California and Wisconsin in the grand final.
The WSU second varsity eight placed second in its preliminary heat with a time of 6:48.80, just over six seconds behind first-place Stanford. USC, Stanford, Washington, Wisconsin and UCLA will join WSU in the field for the grand final for the Hungness Trophy, which starts at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
The Cougar novice eight won its Korholz Perpetual Trophy preliminary heat with a time of 7:13.70, nearly 11 seconds ahead of second-place Tulsa. The novice eight grand final will start at 10:40 a.m. Sunday. Pac-10 foes Washington and UCLA also won their heats.
All grand final races will be streamed live at http://crewclassic.org/video/.