April 2, 2009
What's Happening This Week: The Washington State University varsity eight, second varsity eight and first novice eight will compete at the 36th San Diego Crew Classic at Mission Bay...the varsity eight will be in contention for the prestigious Jessop-Whittier Cup while the second varsity eight and first novice will be in the running for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy and Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy, respectively...WSU will be competing against 10 other boats in the Whittier Cup, six of which are ranked...the first heat will begin at 8:50 a.m. Saturday, April 4, and will feature 2008 cup defender Washington, Michigan, Oregon State, Notre Dame, Iowa and UC Davis...the second heat at 9 a.m. will feature WSU and also include USC, UCLA, Wisconsin, and Miami...the Whittier Cup final will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 5.
WSU will send the varsity four, second novice eight and third varsity eight to Seattle Saturday, April 4, for the Husky Invite...last year's competition at the Montlake Cut was highlighted by a first place finish by the third varsity eight.
Cream of the Crop: The SDCC field features five of the seven Pacific-10 varsity eight crews ranked in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/U.S. Rowing Top-20 poll...No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 California will be competing for the A.W. Coggeshall Cup.
The 2008 SDCC: WSU advanced the varsity eight, second varsity eight and novice eight to the grand finals...varsity eight went on to finish third in theWhittier Cup Grand Final ...second varsity eight placed third in the Hungness Trophy Grand Final...novice eight captured the Perpetual Trophy, edging San Diego State by less than two seconds.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the SDCC: "There will be no blowouts. It's a really great measure and test of how we are stacking up right now in the Pac-10 and with other conferences."
The SDCC: April of 1973 featured the inaugural San Diego Crew Classic...event was created by two local rowing clubs, San Diego Rowing Club and the ZLAC Rowing Club for women...first competition featured nine schools...now considered one of the premier regattas in the United States...rowers will follow a 2,000 meter course along Mission Bay beginning near Sea World and ending at Crown Points Shores...the event attracts more than 3,500 athletes from more than 100 clubs across the United States and has been considered a competitive site for both future and current Olympians...more information can be found at www.crewclassic.org.
Last Week: The Cougars tallied five wins in five races against the Gonzaga University Bulldogs Saturday, March 28, capturing the Fawley Cup for the first time in two years.
Follow the Cougs: The Cougars can be followed all season long, including posts this weekend from San Diego, via the WSU Rowing blog, Tales from the Snake, which can be accessed HERE. This weekend's San Diego Crew Classic will be streamed live at www.crewclassic.org.
CRCA/U.S. Rowing Varsity Eight Top-20 (1st place votes)
1. Yale (20)
2. Stanford (4)
3. California (1)
5. Michigan State
12. Washington State
16. Ohio State
18. Oregon State