May 17, 2009
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - After advancing three of its four crews to the grand finals, the Washington State University women's rowing team finished sixth at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships Sunday at Lake Natoma.
"It was a pretty rough day for the Cougs today," WSU head coach Jane LaRiviere said. "We worked hard out there, but we have some things to work on."
The Cougars finished with 37.5 points. California took home the team title with 70.5 points, followed by Stanford (67 points), Washington (57 points), Oregon State (55 points) and USC (49.5 points). UCLA finished behind WSU in seventh with 29 points, followed by Oregon in eighth with two points.
The 15th-ranked Cougar varsity eight boat finished sixth in the grand final with a time of 6:42.5. Top-ranked Stanford came from behind to take home the title with a time of 6:18.6, followed by No. 2 California (6:22.0), No. 13 Oregon State (6:29.4), No. 9 Washington (6:29.6) and No. 12 USC (6:36.2). The Cougars entered the grand final with the sixth-best time during the morning preliminary heats.
In the second varsity eight grand final, WSU also placed sixth with a time of 6:49.2, trailing California (6:35.1), Stanford (6:36.4), Washington (6:38.4), USC (6:46.4) and Oregon State (6:47.4). WSU had the third-best time during the morning heats.
The novice eight had the best finish of the day for a Cougar crew, placing fourth in the grand final with a time of 6:58.4. First place Washington finished with a time of 6:44.0, followed by California (6:47.7) and Oregon State (6:50.9). Stanford (7:01.8) and USC (7:10.6) finished behind the Cougars in the grand final. The Cougars kept it consistent as they headed into the grand final with the fourth-best time from the morning competition.
The varsity four won the petite final, defeating Gonzaga by finishing the course with a time of 7:32.0. California won the grand final with a time of 7:20.0. In the morning competition, the WSU varsity four boat placed fourth in the second heat behind California, USC and UCLA.
Last season the Cougars finished third at the Pac-10 Championships as a team as the varsity eight and novice eight each finished third, the varsity four placed fourth and the second varsity eight came in fifth, all in the grand finals.
The Washington State men's rowing team also competed Sunday, finishing sixth.
2009 Pacific-10 Championships
Women Team Results
1. California - 70.5 points
2. Stanford - 67 points
3. Washington - 57 points
4. Oregon State - 55 points
5. USC - 49.5 points
6. Washington State - 37.5 points
7. UCLA - 29 points
8. Oregon - 2 points
Men's Team Results
1. Cal - 67 points 2. Washington - 64 points
3. Stanford - 52 points
4. Oregon State - 38 points
5. UCLA - 28 points
6. Washington State - 26 points
7. USC - 16 points
8. Oregon - 2 points