Jan. 23, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - - When Washington State Rowing Head Coach Jane LaRiviere arrived at WSU two years ago, the most recent varsity four boat was about seven years old.
However, with the continuous help of WSU's Senior Associate Athletic Director Marcia Saneholtz, that has changed as the varsity four has a top notch boat for the spring season.
"Marcia has been very supportive of women's rowing for a long time and has been an instrumental part in the building and ongoing success of our program," LaRiviere said.
To show how much the program appreciates all the effort Saneholtz has put into the sport at WSU, LaRiviere named the new boat in her honor - Marcia L. Saneholtz.
LaRiviere went on to say that the boat, which was used in the Pacific-10 Conference and NCAA Championships last year, will "even the playing field" against the rest of the Pac-10 during the season. Last year, the varsity four finished third at the Pac-10s and 10th at the NCAAs.
Saneholtz has been at WSU since 1979 when she began her tenure as assistant women's athletic director. In 1982 she was promoted to associate athletic director and in 1988 she was elevated to her present position as senior associate athletic director.
Last year, Saneholtz received the 2003 Washington State University Women of Distinction Award and in 2001 was a Pathfinder Award winner, as selected by the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).
In 1997, the National Association of Collegiate Women's Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) named Saneholtz administrator of the year. Saneholtz served as president of NACWAA in 1992-93, and was a member of the board of directors from 1987-94.
Throughout her career, Saneholtz has worked on numerous Pacific-10 Conference and NCAA committees. This includes serving as chair of the NCAA Women's Division I Volleyball Committee from 1996-99 and as vice-president and executive committee member of the Pac-10 in 1988-89 and 1998-99.
In addition to the new varsity four boat, LaRiviere said the varsity eight squad will receive a new boat by March 1.
The Cougars' spring season begins March 20 against Gonzaga at Silver Lake.