March 27, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University women's rowing team excelled at the San Diego Crew Classic Saturday, advancing its three boats to the grand finals, which will be held Sunday. WSU head coach Jane LaRiviere was pleased with the way her team started the racing season.
"You never know what's going to happen in the first race of the season," LaRiviere said. "The races were far from perfect, yet having all our boats advancing to the grand final makes me happy."
The Cougar varsity eight placed second in its qualifying heat, five seconds behind leader Virginia, with a time of 6:44.0. WSU edged out UCLA for second place by approximately one second, and earned the second best time out of both heats in pursuit of the Jessop-Whittier Cup. The varsity eight grand final will start at 9:15 a.m. Sunday.
The WSU second varsity eight and novice eight each won its preliminary heat Saturday. Second varsity eight finished approximately seven seconds in front of second-place Radcliffe (Harvard), with a time of 7:06.50. Two different Virginia boats won the other two Hungness Trophy heats, and will join WSU in the field for the grand final which starts at 9:40 a.m. Sunday.
The Cougar novice eight won its Korholz Perpetual Trophy preliminary heat with a time of 7:33.90, nearly 15 seconds ahead of second-place Oklahoma. The novice eight grand final will start at 10 a.m. Sunday, with WSU's closest competition consisting of Pacific-10 Conference foes USC and UCLA.
All grand final races will be streamed live at http://crewclassic.org/video/. For information and perspective about the history of WSU at the San Diego Crew Classic, visit the Cougar rowing blog, Tales from the Snake, by clicking HERE.