April 24, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University's varsity eight crew capped off a terrific day of rowing by outlasting Tennessee and Oregon State in the Cougars only home spring regatta, Saturday at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River. The Cougars' second varsity eight also was victorious in their 2000 meter race.
In the varsity eight race, the Cougars - ranked No. 12 in the US Rowing/NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll, defeated No. 11 Tennessee by over four seconds, rowing a time of 6:23.28 in the 2000 meter race. Oregon State rowed a time of 6:35.36 to round out the competition. The Beavers jumped out to an early lead in the race only to see Tennessee grab the first place position at the 1000 meter mark. However, it was the strong push in the final 1000 meters from Cougars that proved to be the difference maker in the race.
The second varsity eight race kicked off the day's events, with the Cougars taking first place. Despite an hour delay due to strong winds and a slow start, the Cougars' second varsity eight was able to hold off Oregon State and Tennessee by rowing a time of 6:33.00. The Beavers finished second at 6:41.08. Tennessee clocked in at 6:46.8 to take third. The Cougars' second varsity eight have won back-to-back races dating back to their April 10 victory over Washington.
In a tightly contested novice eight race, the Beavers defeated the Cougars by rowing a time of 6:46.51. WSU finished at 6:48.07.
Oregon State garnered a first place finish in the varsity four race with a time of 7:26.5. The Cougars' came in a close second with a time of 7:29.50. The Lady Vols took third finishing at 7:36.06 while WSU's varsity four "B" boat rowed a time of 7:43.40 to round out the competition.
In the second novice eight race, the Beavers defeated both WSU boats, clocking a time 7:05.49. WSU's "A" boat rowed a time of 7:07.79 to take second while WSU's "B" boat came in third at 7:40.24 to round out the competition.
"I'm very pleased with how the team rowed today," said WSU Head Rowing Coach Jane LaRiviere. "There were a lot of close races and I couldn't be happier with the results from the varsity eight and second varsity eight races. Tennessee is a really tough school and I expect to see them at the NCAA Championships. Also, I appreciated all the fan support; it was a great opportunity for our program to showcase what we do."
Results from WSU, Tennessee, and Oregon State Regatta
Wawawai Landing, Pullman, Wash.
All races were 2,000 meters
Women's varsity eight: WSU - 6:23.28, Tenn. - 6:27.8, Oregon State - 6:35.36
Women's second varsity eight: WSU - 6:33.00, Oregon State - 6:41.08, Tenn. - 6:46.8
Wopmen's varsity four: Oregon State - 7:26.5, WSU - 7:29.5, Tenn. - 7:36.08, WSU (B) - 7:43.40
Women's novice eight: OSU - 6:46.51, WSU - 6:48.07
Women's second novice eight: OSU - 7:05.49, WSU - 7.07.79, WSU (B) 7:40.24
Men's varsity eight: Gonzaga - 5:57.9, WSU - 6:06.43
Men's novice eight: Gonzaga - 6.17.57, WSU - 6:21.22
Men's second varsity eight: Gonzaga - 6:14.91, WSU - 6:18.30