April 3, 2011
MISSION BAY, Calif. - The 13th-ranked Washington State University women's rowing team finished its weekend of racing at the San Diego Crew Classic with all three boats placing in the top-six Sunday after advancing to the grand finals Saturday at Mission Bay.
The Cougars competed against all seven Pacific-10 Conference varsity teams at the Crew Classic, placing ahead of UCLA and Oregon State in the Women's Collegiate Varsity Invitational, the pursuit for the Jessop-Whittier Cup. WSU's second varsity eight placed ahead of UCLA and Oregon State going for the Hungness Trophy. The varsity crew edged out UCLA Saturday to earn a spot in the grand final.
"It was great to see the entire Pac-10 represented there," WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere. "It's a good indication of where we are right now."
WSU's best finish of the day came in the Korholz Perpetual Trophy grand final in which the novice eight crew placed fourth. The Cougs came in with a time of 7:18.04, eight seconds behind first-place Washington with a time of 7:10.50. UCLA (7:13.56) came in second, followed by Stanford in third with a time of 7:15.94). WSU finished over 14 seconds ahead of fifth-place Oklahoma.
The Cougar second varsity eight placed fifth in the Hungness Trophy grand final with a time of 6:58.77. Washington placed first in the race with a time of 6:44.80. The Cougars were just six seconds behind fourth-place Wisconsin and finished just under 18 seconds ahead of UCLA in sixth.
The varsity eight was just edged out by Washington to finish sixth in the Jessop-Whittier Cup Grand Final with a time of 6:47.06. Washington came in with a time of 6:46.02, just over one second ahead of the Cougs. USC won the cup with a time of 6:32.90.
"We were happy to make the grand finals across the board," LaRiviere said. "It's pretty clear that we need to put our heads down and work really hard during the next couple of weeks."
The Cougars will host their lone home regatta as the Huskies come to town Saturday, April 9. The dual regatta will take place at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River with the time yet to be determined.
San Diego Crew Classic Results
Jessop-Whittier Cup Grand Final (Women's Collegiate Varsity Invitational)
1. USC, 6:32.90; 2. Stanford, 6:35.53; 3. California, 6:37.78; 4. Wisconsin, 6:42.20; 5. Washington, 6:46.02; 6. Washington State, 6:47.06
Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy Grand Final (Women's Collegiate Second Varsity)
1. Washington, 6:44.80; 2. Stanford, 6:49.00; 3. USC, 6:52.57; 4. Wisconsin, 6:52.67; 5. Washington State, 6:58.77; 6; UCLA, 7:16.28
Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy Grand Final (Women's Collegiate Novice)
1. Washington, 7:10.50; 2. UCLA, 7:13.56; 3. Stanford, 7:15.94; 4. Washington State, 7:18.04; 5. Oklahoma, 7:32.37; 6. Tulsa, 7:36.66