Oct. 21, 2010
Rowing Heads North to Take on Gonzaga: After a successful opening to the fall season at the Head of the Oklahoma, the Washington State women's rowing team will head to Spokane, Saturday, Oct. 23 to take on Gonzaga at the Head of the Spokane Regatta.
The 2010 Head of the Spokane: Racing will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Gonzaga Boathouse on the Spokane River...the race is in "head" format, in which the boats start at intervals, racing both the clock and each other...the Head of the Spokane is part of Gonzaga's annual Alumni Weekend hosted by the men's and women's rowing teams, taking place Oct. 22-24...the race covers a 5,000 meter stretch of the Spokane River.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Head of the Spokane: "We can't take Gonzaga for granted because they've been getting faster and better. Within the last three or four years they've, at one point or another, defeated both us and Oregon State. They're a worthy contender and we can't just go there and spin our wheels. We need to really push the limits and find out something about our boat speed and take some knowledge into our next race, Head of the Snake."
Last Year at the Head of the Spokane: Last year during a windy race on the Spokane River, WSU finished ahead of Gonzaga in four of six matchups...WSU's varsity eight started off the day coming in 49 seconds ahead of Gonzaga's varsity eight...the Cougars' second varsity eight team also beat the Bulldog second varsity eight with a time of 18:26...in addition, WSU's third and fourth varsity eights finished ahead of the Gonzaga varsity eight squads.
Cougars' Last Outing: The Cougars did not compete in last year's Head of the Oklahoma, but had a successful weekend this year on the Oklahoma River...Saturday WSU's A teams placed second in the collegiate eight and fourth in the collegiate four...coming out on top, WSU's A boat edged out Stanford later that night, placing first in the Collegiate Eight OGE NightSprint Final...in addition to first place in the collegiate eight, the WSU A boat placed second in the Collegiate Four NightSprint Final...carrying over to Sunday, the Cougars picked up two victories in the open two and the women's open four...WSU placed first in the open two, and had additional boats place 10th, 11th and 13th...in the open four, WSU won the race with a time of 15:22:497, while WSU's B boat come in third.
Coaching Staff: 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.
Cougars Think Pink: Washington State and Gonzaga will face off once again in less than a week when the Bulldogs head to Pullman for the Head of the Snake at Wawawai Landing, Friday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m...in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Cougars will compete in pink to help raise awareness.