May 24, 2011
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK:
Washington State University women's rowing will make its second-straight appearance at the NCAA Championships as it heads to Lake Natoma at Gold River, Calif., May 27-30...the Cougars will serve as hosts for the second-straight year, teaming up with the Sacramento State Aquatic Center and the Pacific-10 Conference...division I racing begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday with the varsity eight heats.
WSU will compete against a field of 15 other NCAA Division I teams, including four other Pac-10 squads...the Cougar varsity eight has defeated three of the 15 other varsity eights that will compete for the national championship: Michigan, Ohio State and Washington...WSU has competed against five other NCAA participants, California, Michigan State, USC, Stanford and Wisconsin.
WSU HEAD COACH Jane LaRiviere ON THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS:
"I think we're in a good place. I still think we can get a little better and that's nice going into the NCAA Championships with the mind-set that we still have our best performances to pull out."
EXPERIENCE AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS:
The Cougar lineups feature 15 rowers with experience at the NCAA Championships, including four with experience at multiple championships...eight of the nine members of the varsity eight crew competed in the 2010 NCAA Championships last season, Sarah Wolff, Allie Reilly and Lisa Roman from last year's varsity eight, Corinna Sharick, Christina Kinck, Crystal Martin and Lexi Ryman from last year's second varsity eight, and Annie Eastwood from last year's varsity four...from the second varsity eight, Natasha Ostopovich and Liz England both rowed in the same boat last year, while Justine Galbraith was in the varsity eight boat and Sarah Powell was in the varsity four...Cayla Ravancho will cox the varsity four for the second-straight year, while Rachel McNeil will race with the varsity four after serving as a spare last year...Ann Hoag win serve as one of two spares for the second-straight year.
2011 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS:
The 14th-ranked Cougars finished fifth at the Pac-10 Championships May 15 at Lake Natoma with 24 points, just 1.5 points behind fourth-place, No. 7 Washington...WSU's varsity eight, varsity four and novice eight each finished fourth in their respective races...the varsity eight entered the championships seeded fifth, placing one spot ahead of its seeding...the varsity four was seeded sixth, placing two spots ahead, while the novice eight and second varsity eight matched their seedings of fourth and fifth, respectively.
PAC-10 HIGHLY RANKED:
Six of the seven Pacific-10 Conference rowing teams are ranked in the latest CRCA/USRowing Division I Coaches Poll presented by Pocock Racing Shells released May 18...with 461 points, California dropped from tied for first to second in the latest poll, earning five of the 25 first-place votes...two other Pac-10 schools appear in the top-five, Stanford in fourth with 400 votes and USC in fifth with 378 total votes...Washington is ninth (255 votes), WSU 11th (225 votes) and UCLA at 19th (61 votes)...Oregon State is receiving three votes...the Cougars' ranking at 11th marks its highest of the season, previously it was 12th.
PREVIOUSLY AT THE NCAAS:
The Cougars are making their sixth trip as a team to the NCAA Championships...their best finish came in 2006 as they placed fourth, led by a fourth-place finish from the varsity eight...WSU placed 13th in its last NCAA appearance last year (2010), eighth in 2008, ninth in 2004 and 12th in 2003...WSU's varsity eight earned an at-large bid in 2002, placing 13th.
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.