Oct. 6, 2010
WSU Rowing Fall Season to Commence at Head of the Oklahoma: Fresh off a 13th-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Championships, Washington State University women's rowing will travel to Oklahoma City, Okla. to participate in the Head of the Oklahoma, Oct. 9-10...Washington State will race in the women's collegiate eight NightSprint qualifying race and the women's collegiate four Saturday (the top 12 in both events will also compete in Saturday night's NightSprint final), as well as the women's open pairs and the open four Sunday.
The 2010 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 12:30 p.m CT...the Cougars' two varsity eight boats will race in a field of 26 against 10 other schools...the Cougar four boats will race against 32 other boats respresting 14 other schools in the open four, which will take place later at 4:20 p.m. CT...the head race course is 2.5 miles...Saturday at 8:05 p.m. is the 500 meter NightSprint final, with the top 12 teams from the collegiate eight qualifier advancing to the final...the collegiate four NightSprint final will take place at 9:50 p.m. CT...the women's open pairs is one of the first Sunday races, which start at 9 a.m CT...four Cougar pairs will compete in a field of 19...at 10:55 a.m. CT Sunday two WSU boats will compete in the women's open four, in a field of nine.
About the Head of the Oklahoma: Oklahoma City University's Head of the Oklahoma, in its seventh 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: "We can't wait to go out there and race. There are very few other places where rowing is as big of a focus as it is at the Head of the Oklahoma. It's also a lot of fun for the athletes. We plan to go down there and race really well."
Last Time at the Head of the Oklahoma: The Cougars did not compete in last year's Head of the Oklahoma, but had a successful outing in the fall of 2008...WSU's A boat placed second behind Stanford in the Collegiate Eight NightSprint Final...WSU's A teams placed first in the open four, and second in the open pair and collegiate four.
Coaching Staff: Jane LaRiviere will begin 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.
Next up for the Cougars: WSU will head North, Saturday, Oct. 23 to compete in the Head of the Spokane, hosted by Gonzaga.