May 10, 2012
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK:
The No. 17 Washington State University rowing team will race at the Pac-12 Conference Rowing Championships Sunday, May 12 at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif...women's racing will begin at 9:50 a.m...WSU boats competing include the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and novice eight...in addition to challenging for the Pac-12 title, WSU will be competing for a bid to the NCAA Championships, which take place May 25-27, at Mercer Lake in Trenton, N.J.
The 2012 Pac-12 Rowing Championships will include the seven conference varsity rowing programs (California, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State), in contrast to three years ago, in which other West Coast schools were invited to participate...all events will be seven-lane races to determine the champion..each race is worth a different amount of points, as varsity eight is worth as many as 21 points for first place, while the novice race winner earns 3.5 points.
WSU HEAD COACH Jane LaRiviere ON THE PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS:
"I'm expecting that we'll be able to put together our best performance of the year. Training has been going well the last few days and the weather has been cooperating, so I think we're going to be ready to go. It's not hard to get motivated for Pac-12's, this is the reason we train and get together every day for nine months."
PAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Unlike the 2010 conference championships, top-ranked California won in decisive fashion to capture the 2011 Pac-10 title with 43.5 points, 9.5 points ahead of No. 3 Stanford with 34 points...fourth-ranked USC finished third with 30.5 points...the Cougars, with 24 points, were edged out by Washington, finishing fifth as a team, just 1.5 points behind the Huskies in fourth with 25.5 points...last season WSU's varsity eight, varsity four and novice eight each finished fourth, while the second varsity eight was fifth...WSU earned its best Pac-10 team finish in 2006, stroking to second place as a team...the Cougars have finished third three times (2003, 2004, 2008)...three Cougar crews have garnered Pac-10 Champion honors (second varsity eight, 1995, 1996; novice eight, 2001)...the varsity eight and varsity four boats' best finishes came in 2006 when both placed second.
COUGARS' LAST OUTING:
The Cougars came 21 seconds away in the second novice eight race from sweeping Oregon State for the second-straight spring season, coming out victorious in four of the five events April 28 at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River en route to the Winchell Cup, named for former novice coach, Jodi Winchell...for the fourth time in the last five competitions betwen the two schools, WSU's varsity eight boat came out victorious, holding onto the Crawford Perpetual Plate, named for WSU rowing's first head coach, Tammy Crawford, for the third-straight year...the home team has won the plate six of the last seven seasons...the varsity eight won by just over three seconds, the second varsity eight by 12 seconds, the first varsity four boat by seven seconds and the novice eight by 17 seconds.
Jane LaRiviere is in her 10th year as head coach of the WSU women's rowing program...the Cougars have raced in six NCAA Championships under LaRiviere, including a 12th-place finish last season...she is joined by assistant coach Josh Adam, novice coach Corrie McGrath, and graduate assistant Robyn Willow...Adam is in his second year after coaching the previous two years at Indiana...McGrath is in her fourth year at WSU, after coaching stints at Clemson and Central Florida...Willow is in her second year after coaching in Canada.
PAC-12 HIGHLY RANKED:
Six of the seven Pac-12 Conference rowing teams are ranked in the latest USRowing/CRCA Division I Coaches Poll presented by Pocock Racing Shells released May 2...with 451 votes, California hung on to first place once again, earning 18 first-place votes...the Golden Bears are 29 points ahead of second-place Virginia...three other Pac-12 schools appear in the top-10, USC in third with one first-place vote and 403 points, UCLA at seventh (376 points) and Washington in eighth (367 points)...Stanford ranks 12th (216 points), while WSU rounds out the Pac-12 in 17th (145 points)...Oregon State is receiving eight votes.