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Cougars Rowing Continues Fall Season at Spokane
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 10/20/2011
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Oct. 20, 2011

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Rowing Heads North to Take on Gonzaga:
Fresh off a successful race day at the Head of the Pend Oreille, the Washington State women's rowing team travels to Spokane, Wash. to compete in the Head of the Spokane regatta at the Gonzaga Boathouse on the Spokane River Saturday, Oct. 22.

The 2011 Head of the Spokane:
Racing will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Gonzaga Boathouse on the Spokane River...the race is in "head" format, in which the boats start at intervals, racing both the clock and each other...the Head of the Spokane is part of Gonzaga's annual Alumni Weekend hosted by the men's and women's rowing teams, taking place Oct. 21-23...the race covers a 5,000 meter stretch of the Spokane River.

WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Head of the Spokane:
"I expect us to perform well, but Gonzaga can't be overlooked because in the past we have lost to them. They're great competition for us and it's so close that it's very convenient and it's good for us. It perks up our training to be able to drive an hour and a half and race."

Last Year at the Head of the Spokane:
Last year in Spokane, the Cougars competed against Gonzaga in their first dual regatta of Washington State's season...WSU's varsity eight out-stroked the Gonzaga varsity eight and took the top women's time of the day (17:01)...the Cougars' second varsity eight also won their matchup against Gonzaga's second varsity addition, Washington State's third and fourth varsity eights defeated the Bulldogs' third varsity eight.

Cougars' Last Outing:
The Washington State University women's rowing team completed its first regatta of the fall season Sept. 24 at the Head of the Pend Oreille...the Cougars raced two varsity eights and four varsity fours and posted the top women's time of the day...while the Cougars raced even lineups, the highlight of the day was Washington State's B boat, which finished the five-kilometer race in the fastest time of any women's boats at the regatta with a time of 19 minutes (19:00)...the A boat finished in a time of 19:35...both Washington State crews notched faster times than the lone other women's collegiate team, Gonzaga, whose top boat clocked a time of 19:40...later in the day, Washington State raced four varsity fours, which took the top four spots in their respective class (women's fours)...the A boat completed the course with a time of 20:26, followed closely by the D boat in 20:32, the B boat in 20:43, and the C boat in 21:26.

Cougar Novice to Compete in Pullman:
A last minute addition to the Washington State women's rowing team schedule, the women's novice crew will be competing in Pullman, Wash. this fall...the novice team, coached by Corrie McGrath, will be competing against the Gonzaga women's novice team at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River Friday, Oct. 28...during this time, the varsity crew will be traveling to Portland for the Portland Loop and Portland Fall Classic regattas Saturday Oct. 29 and Sunday Oct. 30, respectively.

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.

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