March 30, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - - What's Happening This Week: The Washington State varsity eight, second varsity eight and novice eight crews will participate in the 32nd annual San Diego Crew Classic, April 2 and 3...the varsity eight crew will be competing in the Jessop-Whittier Cup, while the second varsity eight will participate in the Women's JV races...the novice eight crew will race in the Women's Collegiate Novice race...after racing this weekend, the Cougars travel to Seattle to compete in the Husky Invitational held on the Montlake Cut, April 9.
What Happened Last Week: WSU raced against the Oregon State Beavers at Lowell Park in Eugene, Ore...the Cougars took five of six races from OSU, falling only in the novice eight race...in the varsity eight race, WSU completed the race with a time of 6:18.7, while the Beavers finished with a mark of 6:25.4... WSU varsity four "A" squad rowed a time of 7:18.9 to seal the victory over OSU, who finished with a time of 7:33.9...WSU "C" placed third, 7:34.6, and WSU "B" finished fourth, 7:35.8...WSU completed the varsity sweep in the second varsity eight race finishing in 6:30.3...OSU finished with a time of 6:36.8...in novice action, the Cougs earned wins in the second novice eight and novice four races.
San Diego Crew Classic: The San Diego Crew Classic began in 1973 and features 3,400 athletes from 150 different programs across the United States...Pacific-10 Conference teams participating in the 2005 crew classic include California, UCLA, Oregon State, Stanford and Southern California...in the March 30 poll, California is ranked 8th, Stanford is ranked 13th, USC is ranked 14th, UCLA is ranked 19th, and OSU received votes but is not ranked...the Cougars will also race against ranked schools including Tennessee (10) and Texas (15)...complete racing information and schedules can be found at www.crewclassic.org.
WSU at Last Year's San Diego Crew Classic: At the 2004 classic, the WSU varsity eight squad finished in fourth place in the Jessop-Whittier Cup...the Cougar second varsity eight crew finished third in its division...WSU novice eight also finished third in its race.
Varsity Eight Ranked in National Poll: The Cougars are ranked 16th in the first regular season US Rowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll...the Cougars are one of six Pac-10 teams in the poll...California (No. 8), Washington (No. 9), Stanford (No. 13), USC (No. 14) and UCLA (No. 19) were the other conference teams...Princeton holds the No. 1 position in the poll...WSU and UCLA are the only Pac-10 school to improve their rankings from the preseason polls... the Cougs were tied for the 18th in the preseason and the Bruins were not ranked ...polls are released every Wednesday.
Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on this week's action: "The crew classic is an important race because not only is it the first time we get to see a bunch of Pac-10 schools, there's also a lot of out of conference schools. There's a good representation of perennial good teams. Our goal is to put ourselves in the position to win, which is making the grand final. We have to finish in the top three in our heat which is do-able."
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: 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.