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Cougar Rowing Opens Fall Season
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 09/21/2011
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Sept. 21, 2011

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WSU Rowing Fall Season to Commence at Head of the Pend Oreille:
Fresh off a 12th-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships, Washington State University women's rowing will travel to Priest River, Idaho to participate in the Head of the Pend Oreille Regatta, Sept. 24... Washington State will race two varsity eights and four varsity fours.

The 2011 Head of the Pend Oreille:
The WSU boats will compete in the five kilometer race, open to all classes of rowers...Washington State will face crews from Gonzaga University, Coeur d'Alene High School, Coeur d'Alene Rowing Club, Palouse Rowing Club, Spokane River Rowing Club, Corvallis Rowing Club, Nelson British Columbia Rowing Club and unaffiliated crews, putting 35 to 40 shells on the will begin at 11 a.m. with the high school flight...varsity and masters flights will follow and there will be an awards ceremony following the event.

Inaugural Head of the Pend Oreille Regatta:
The inaugural Head of the Pend Oreille Regatta, hosted by the Priest River Yacht Club will take place at the Mudhole in Priest River, Idaho...the Head of the Pend Oreille is the first ever head race in the history of the state of Idaho...the regatta is a time-trial competition, in which teams will race the clock... a special "Meet the Rowers" barbeque will be held at the Priest River Yacht Club Friday, September 23rd from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m....for more information about the Head of the Pend Oreille, go to

WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Head of the Pend Oreille:
"This is the first year of the Head of the Pend Oreille and we want to participate to support the Priest River Yacht Club and regattas in the region. In the future it could turn into something really great. It is still early in the season, so we're not really breaking our training. We're training and we're going to use the race as another measure of our training."

Coaching Staff:
Jane LaRiviere will begin her 10th year as head coach of the WSU women's rowing program...the Cougars have raced in six NCAA Championships under LaRiviere, including a 12th-place finish last season...she is joined by assistant Josh Adam, novice coach Corrie McGrath, and graduate assistant Robyn Willow...Adam is in his second year after coaching the previous two years at Indiana...McGrath is in her fourth year at WSU, after coaching stints at Clemson and Central Florida...Willow begins her second year after coaching in Canada.

Next up for the Cougars:
WSU will head North, Saturday, Oct. 22 to compete in the Head of the Spokane, hosted by Gonzaga.

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