March 17, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. -
The Washington State University rowing team will open up the 2010 spring season with Class Day Races, the morning of Saturday, March 20 at Wawawai Landing, located on the Snake River just outside of Pullman.
Class Day Races are a Cougar tradition and provide an opportunity for the classes to race against each other, as well as alumni. Unlike in past years, this weekend's event is not part of the annual alumni weekend, which will take place April 30-May 1 when WSU will celebrate 20 years of Cougar varsity rowing. The 2010 Class Day Races will serve primarily as a tune-up for the Cougars, who are preparing to compete in San Diego next weekend.
"Our focus right now is to solidify technical changes that were made in the winter," Washington State head coach Jane LaRiviere said. "I think the motivation is good right now, we are doing really well."
The Cougars last competed during the fall season at the Head of the Lake hosted by the University of Washington on the Montlake Cut in Seattle Nov. 8. The Cougars had a solid showing in the regatta, with the varsity eight and second varsity eight finishing second. WSU also competed in the Head of the Spokane (Oct. 24) and the Head of the Snake (Oct. 30).
Next up WSU will participate in the San Diego Crew Classic, March 27-28. In its first official race of 2010, WSU's competitors will include UC Davis, UCLA, USC, Villanova and Virginia.
Follow the Cougars all season long via the WSU Rowing Blog which can be accessed HERE. Featured on the blog this week is Senior Irena Neffeova. A native of Prague, Czech Republic, Neffeova earned CRCA Division I All-America Award honors in 2008.