March 29, 2003
EUGENE, Ore. - The Washington State University women's rowing squad began Pacific-10 competition with a bang after dominating the Oregon State Beavers at Dexter Reservoir, on a windy yet sunny Saturday.
The varsity eight finished the 2000m course in 6:35.40, besting OSU's varsity eight by over 10 seconds. The Cougar second varsity eight was also victorious after finishing over 15 seconds ahead of the Beavers, completing the race in 6:39.72.
The Cougar varsity four (A) and varsity four (B) boats finished within seconds of each other and beat all three Oregon State varsity four squads.
The novice eight also tasted victory completing their race in 7:01.95, compared to the Beaver's time of 7:09.31. WSU also beat the Beavers in the second novice eight race and the novice four (B) competition.
The only Cougar loss was in the novice four (A) race when OSU edged WSU by three seconds.
WSU head coach and former OSU novice coach, Jane LaRiviere fared well in her first trip back to Oregon State. LaRiviere said "I was really pleased with the way the squads came out for their first Pac-10 competition. The athletes have given a really good base for the program to build on. I am also very pleased to have won the inaugural Tammy Crawford Plate, which goes to the winner of the varsity eight competition."
The Cougars will split squads in their next competition. The varsity eight, second varsity eight and novice eight will race at the San Diego Crew Classic at Mission Bay in San Diego, Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6. The rest of the teams will compete at the Husky Invitational at Montlake Cut in Seattle, April 5.
WSU vs. Oregon State
Dexter Reservoir Near Eugene, Ore.
All races 2000m
Varsity Eight: WSU 6:35.40, OSU 6:48.21
Second Varsity Eight: WSU 6:39.72, OSU 6:55.70
Varsity Four (A): WSU 7:41.50, OSU 7:52.90
Varsity Four (B): WSU 7:43.58, OSU 8:02.97 OSU (C) 8:52.56
Novice Eight: WSU 7:01.95, OSU 7:09.31
Second Novice Eight: WSU 7:06.87, OSU (A) 7:34.92, OSU (B) 7:43.96
Novice Four (A): OSU 8:12.81, WSU 8:15.51
Novice Four (B): WSU 8:27.22, OSU 9:20.05
Varsity Eight Men: OSU (A) 6:07.71, OSU (B) 6:09.51, WSU 6:26.02