Oct. 1, 2008
What's Happening This Week: The Cougars will travel to Oklahoma City, Okla. to participate in the Head of the Oklahoma, Oct. 4-5...Washington State will race in the women's collegiate eight NightSprint qualifying race (the top 12 will also compete in Saturday night's NightSprint final) and the women's open four Saturday, as well as the women's open pairs and the women's collegiate four Sunday.
The 2008 Head of the Oklahoma: The WSU varsity eight boats will compete in the women's collegiate eight NightSprint qualifier to kick off the regatta at noon....the Cougars' two varsity eight boats will race in a field of 21...the Cougar four boats will race against 27 other boats in the open four, which will take place later in the afternoon...the head race course is 2.5 miles...Saturday at 7 p.m. is the 500 meter NightSprint final, with the top 12 teams from the qualifier advancing to the final...the women's open pairs is one of the first Sunday races, which start at 8:30 a.m...four Cougar pairs will compete in a field of 22...later Sunday morning two WSU boats will compete in the women's collegiate four in a field of 11.
About the Head of the Oklahoma: Oklahoma City University's Head of the Oklahoma, in its fifth year, is part of the Oklahoma Regatta Festival...quickly becoming one of the nation's top collegiate rowing regattas, the Head of the Oklahoma will attract over 1,000 athletes from more than 40 collegiate and club teams, including Stanford, Texas, and the U.S. National Team...Saturday night stadium lights pour down on the NightSprint final, which became part of the Head of the Oklahoma in 2006 and marked the first night race featured in the United States...for more information about the event, including results, go to www.headoftheoklahoma.com.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Head of the Oklahoma: "It's a fun event. It's a good opportunity for us to see where we are at as a team and for many of our rowers to gain experience."
Last Year at the Head of the Oklahoma: The Cougars placed first and third in the women's collegiate four...placed fifth, sixth, eighth, and 11th in women's championship pairs...took first and fourth in the women's collegiate eight NightSprint qualifying race...won the women's collegiate eight NightSprint by a boat length; also placed fourth in that race.
Coaching Staff: Jane LaRiviere will begin her seventh year as head coach of the WSU women's rowing program...the cougars have raced in four NCAA Championships under LaRiviere, including a ninth place finish in 2008...she is joined by assistant Tara Medina, novice coach Corrie McGrath, and graduate assistant Crystal Culp...Medina is in her third year as an assistant, after coaching one year for Michigan...McGrath will start her first year coaching at WSU, after coaching stints at Clemson and the University of Central Florida...Culp comes to WSU after coaching in Canada and Michigan for the past three years.
On tap for the Cougars: WSU will head North, Saturday, Oct. 25 to compete in the Head of the Spokane, hosted by Gonzaga.