March 16, 2005
What's Happening This Week: The Washington State University women's rowing team begins its spring season Saturday against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Silver Lake...racing will begin at 9:30 a.m...racing the 2,000 meter course for the Cougars will be the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and novice eight crews...there will be six races...the first race of the morning will feature WSU varsity eight, GU second varsity eight and WSU second varsity eight...WSU varsity four "A", WSU varsity four "B" and GU varsity four "A" will compete in the second race of the day...in the third race, WSU varsity eight and WSU second varsity eight...in the fourth race, GU varsity four "B", WSU varsity four "C" and GU varsity four "C"...the final two races of the day will each feature the WSU novice eight "A" and "B" crews, as well as the GU novice eight "A" crew.
Varsity Eight Ranked in Preseason Poll: The Cougars are tied for the No. 18 position in the US Rowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Preseason Poll...WSU is tied with Boston University...the Cougars are one of five Pacific-10 Conference teams in the poll...California (No. 7), Washington (No. 9), Stanford (No. 13) and USC (No. 14) were the other conference teams...Princeton holds the No. 1 position in the poll.
2004 Fall Season Recap: The Cougars took full advantage of the fall season by competing in four regattas: the Head of the Snake against Gonzaga, the Head of the Lake in Seattle, the Head of the Charles in Boston and a regatta against Gonzaga to open the training season...in the opening regatta, the Cougars raced three flights against the Zags in which both the varsity eight and second varsity eight crews all captured victories...at the Head of the Charles, WSU finished 17th in the Championship eight race...for the second consecutive season, the varsity eight crew captured a first place finish against Gonzaga during the annual Head of the Snake regatta...the Cougars captured four top-10 finishes at the Head of the Lake to wrap up the fall season...the victories in Seattle were highlighted by a second place finish by the varsity four crew.
Cougars Travel to Boston: At the Head of the Charles in October, the Cougar varsity eight faced tough competition...WSU raced in the championship eights against 38 other teams, including the US National team, Brown, which finished first at the NCAA Championships in May, and Yale, which finished second at the NCAAs...out of the field of 39 crews that competed in the Championship eights, 14 squads finished ranked in the top 25 in the final 2004 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/US Rowing poll...the WSU varsity eight was ranked 17th in the poll that was released on May 19...at the race, the Cougars finished in the top half of the 42-boat field in the Championship eight race...WSU's crew finished the 2.5 mile course with a time of 12:55.849...the Cougs finished the race 17th overall and 14th out of all collegiate competitors... ASR Nereus, a selection Dutch National team members, won the race with Princeton University and Yale rounding out the top three...according to the event's website, www.hocr.org, the Head of the Charles is the world's largest two-day rowing event...the original event was held in 1965 by the Cambridge Boat Club...each year, the event welcomes 7,000 competitors from 500 top tier college and club teams...the event also attracts over 300,000 visitors and spectators
2003-04 Season Recap: For a second consecutive year, the Cougars earned a team bid to the NCAAs ... WSU earned its NCAA team bid following multiple strong finishes throughout the season, including a second place finish by the second varsity eight at the Pacific-10 Championships...WSU rounded out the season with a ninth place finish at the NCAAs, the highest team finish at the national championships in school history...the trip to NCAAs was highlighted by a third place finish by the second varsity eight crew...the second varsity eight was the first boat from Washington State to advance to a Grand Final at the NCAA Championships since the regatta's inception in 1997.
Coaching Staff: Jane LaRiviere begins her third season at the helm of the Cougars...in her first two years on the Palouse, LaRiviere has led WSU to its first two team bids to the NCAAs in school history...LaRiviere is assisted by Janey Charlton and Mike Stahlman...Charlton is in her third year with the rowing program and is entering her first as the head coach for the novice squad...Stahlman is beginning his first season as assistant coach for the Cougars.
Directions to Silver Lake for March 19 Regatta vs. Gonzaga: Take Interstate 90 West to Exit #272 (WA 902) Medical Lake Exit Turn right onto WA-902 (West Medical Lake Road) Follow Medical Lake Road 5.25 miles Turn left onto North Stanley Road (Conoco Station at corner) Follow North Stanley Road for half a mile Turn right onto East Lake Road Follow East Lake Road for one block Turn left onto North Hallett Road Follow North Hallett Road 2.25 miles Road ends at Silver Lake Camp.