April 6, 2011
What's Happening This Week: Washington State University women's rowing, ranked 15th in the country, will host its lone home regatta of the season as cross-state rival, No. 7 Washington, comes to town, Saturday, April 9...the first race of the dual at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River begins at 9 a.m., with the final event scheduled for 11:30 a.m.
The first event, tentatively set for 9 a.m. will feature the women's varsity eight crews...the second varsity eight race will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by the varsity four A and B boats at 10 a.m....the novice crew races at 10:15 a.m., while the second novice eight takes to the water at 10:45 a.m....the second varsity four boats face-off at 11:30 a.m....the WSU men's crew team, a club team, will also compete against Washington at Saturday's regatta.
Against Washington: The Cougars' varsity eight crew has defeated the Huskies four of the last five years in dual action...under ninth-year head coach Jane LaRiviere, the WSU's varsity eight has defeated UW three times in the spring race, the second varsity eight three times and the varsity four twice...the Cougars have not swept the Huskies in the spring race under LaRiviere, while Washington accomplished the feat in 2009 and 2004.
Last year the No. 14 Cougars executed their race plan against No. 9 Washington, as the varsity eight stroked to a 1.40 second victory at Montlake Cut...although the varsity eight was the only one to place first, the second varsity eight boat finished six seconds behind the Huskies.
The Cougars have seen the Huskies twice this school year, having closed out their fall season Nov. 7 at Montlake Cut and racing against them at the San Diego Crew Classic last weekend...WSU's varsity boat finished less than three seconds behind UW to place second in the fall regatta...the second varsity and third varsity crews also finished second to the Huskies...last weekend WSU's varsity eight finished just over a second behind UW, as the teams placed fifth and sixth, respectively, at the crew classic...Washington's second varsity and novice eight won their respective races, while the Cougars placed fifth and fourth, respectively.
Cougars' Last Outing: The Cougars competed alongside the six other Pac-10 rowing teams at the San Diego Crew Classic...WSU reached the grand finals in all three races...the varsity eight crew placed sixth in the pursuit of the Jessop-Whittier Cup...the second varsity came in fifth in the Hungness Trophy Grand Final, while the novice eight was fourth in pursuit of the Korholz Perpetual Trophy....a Pac-10 team took home each of the cups, USC won the Jessop-Whittier, while Washington took home both the Hungness and Korholz Perpetual.
Coaching Staff: Jane LaRiviere is in her ninth year as head coach of the WSU women's rowing program...the Cougars have raced in five NCAA Championships under LaRiviere, including a 13th-place finish last season...she is joined by assistant Josh Adam, novice coach Corrie McGrath, and graduate assistant Robyn Willow...Adam is in his first year after coaching the last two years at Indiana...McGrath is in her third year at WSU, after coaching stints at Clemson and Central Florida...Willow also begins her first year after coaching in Canada.
Pac-10 Highly Ranked: Six of the seven Pacific-10 Conference rowing teams are ranked in this week's CRCA/USRowing Division I Coaches Poll presented by Pocock Racing Shells released April 6...with 420 votes USC went from ninth to third after its strong showing at the San Diego Crew Classic last weekend, jumping California (fourth, 419 votes), Stanford (fifth, 403 votes) and Washington (seventh, 312 votes)...Washington State is ranked 15th (160 votes), while UCLA fell five spots to 16th with 127 votes...Oregon State is receiving votes with 10.
Next Week: Washington State will take a week off before it heads to Columbus, Ohio, for the Ohio State Invite, in which it will compete in duals against Michigan State and Michigan Saturday and Ohio State Sunday...Michigan State is ranked eighth in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, while Ohio State is ninth and Michigan 14th.