April 1, 2012
MISSION BAY, Calif. - The Washington State University women's rowing team concluded racing on a windy Sunday morning at the 2012 San Diego Crew Classic. The varsity four placed second in the Grand Finals of the collegiate four event, while WSU's novice eight placed fifth in the Grand Final. The second varsity eight grabbed a first-place finish in its respective Petite Final, while the varsity eight placed second in the Petite Final of the Collegiate Varsity Invitational event.
After notching the top time in a field of 21 in Saturday's preliminary heats, the Cougars' varsity four competed for the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup in the Grand Final Sunday morning. WSU emerged as the race's runner-up, finishing in a time of 8:02.23. The Cougars trailed by three seconds to No. 1 Virginia, while finishing ahead of UCLA, Tennessee, No. 6 USC, and No. 8 Washington.
WSU's varsity eight competed in the Petite Final of the Collegiate Varsity Invitational Sunday morning after finishing just two seconds out of contention for a qualifying spot in the Grand Final Saturday. Sunday the Cougars notched a second-place finish behind No. 15 Clemson in the Petite Final of the event. The Cougars finished the course in a time of 7:27.94 in the gusty conditions, five seconds behind the Tigers, while holding off Texas to finish nearly two seconds ahead of the Longhorns.
The Cougars' second varsity eight, also competing in the Petite Final, garnered the top time of the race with a time of 7:21.00. WSU outpaced second-place Texas by over two seconds and finished ahead of Oklahoma, No. 15 Clemson, Tennessee, and Oregon State.
WSU's novice eight, the second Cougar boat to qualify for the Grand Final, clocked a time of 7:10.57 to secure a fifth-place finish in the race for the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy. The Cougars were edged out of fourth place by Minnesota by just over a second, but finished nearly 20 seconds ahead of Oklahoma who closed out the field of six.
"The four had a really nice day," said head coach Jane LaRiviere after racing concluded. "The novice was competitive from the sixth lane and we have a lot to look forward to with them. Overall, we represented well and the season is still young. We will return to Pullman and make the necessary adjustments to get faster."
The Cougars travel to Seattle next Saturday to compete in a dual-regatta with the Washington Huskies. Racing begins at 8 a.m. PT at the Montlake Cut in Seattle.
Women's Collegiate Varsity Invitational - Petite Final
1. Clemson, 7:22.95
2. Washington State, 7:27.94
3. Texas, 7:29.22
4. Tennessee, 7:39.35
5. Alabama, 7:46.21
6. Purdue, 7:51.86
Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup Grand Final (Women's Collegiate 4+)
1. Virginia, 7:58.12
2. Washington State, 8:02.23
3. UCLA, 8:05.35
4. Tennessee, 8:08.98
5. Southern California, 8:11.79
6. Washington, 8:17.17
Women's Collegiate Second Varsity - Petite Final
1. Washington State, 7:21.00
2. Texas, 7:22.47
3. Oklahoma, 7:25.11
4. Clemson, 7:25.15
5. Tennessee, 7:31.62
6. Oregon State, 7:38.17
Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy Grand Final (Women's Collegiate Novice)
1. California, 6:58.26
2. UCLA, 7:01.03
3. Washington, 7:03.01
4. Minnesota, 7:09.14
5. Washington State, 7:10.57
6. Oklahoma, 7:29.28
For complete results please visit www.crewclassic.org/results.