May 20, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. --- For the first time in school history, Washington State has been selected as a team to compete in the NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships.
The event will be held May 30 through June 1 at the Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis, Ind. Indiana University, Bloomington, and the United States Rowing Association will serve as co-hosts.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to represent Washington State University at the NCAA Rowing Championships," WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere said.
The team championship is comprised of 12 teams, and each is required to field two boats of eight rowers and one boat of four rowers. In addition, four eight-women boats from institutions not represented in the team competition are selected.
The selection of teams and individual boats was based on eligibility and availability of student-athletes, regional championship results, regional rankings, late-season performance, head-to-head results, results against teams already selected, and results against common opponents. One team from each region earned a bid and the remaining seven teams were selected at-large.
Washington State bolstered its case for the NCAA's by finishing in a tie for third place at the Pac-10 Championships last weekend at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif. LaRiviere was especially pleased with the performance of the Cougar varsity eight, which knocked off the No. 2-ranked varsity eight boat in the nation, California, and No. 8-ranked USC.
Though WSU will be making its first team appearance at the NCAA Championships, the Cougars are no stranger to postseason success. The 1995 second varsity eight captured the national title at the National Collegiate Rowing Championship.
Last season, WSU's varsity eight was selected to compete at the NCAA's and emerged with the consolation title.
AT-LARGE VARSITY EIGHT SELECTIONS