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Cougars Travel to Compete in Final Regatta of the Fall Season
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 11/05/2010
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Nov. 5, 2010

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Cougars Travel to Compete in Final Regatta of the Fall Season: The Washington State University women's rowing team will compete in their final Regatta of the fall as they travel to Seattle for the annual Head of the Lake Regatta Sunday, Nov. begins at 8 a.m. at Montlake Cut.

The Head of the Lake: The Head of the Lake Regatta is a three-mile race with a wide, three-point buoyed turn near the finish...starting at 15 second intervals, the first race will begin at 8 a.m...the teams will begin the race on Lake Union, and continue east through the Montlake Cut to Lake Washington where they will finish near the UW's Conibear Shellhouse...WSU varsity eight crew has competed competitively over the years at Head of the Lake, but has not captured a victory since 2007...with the varsity and second varsity coming in first this season, the Cougars hope to relive that experience and bring a victory in for Washington State.

WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Head of the Lake: "Everyone's got to believe that we can take down the Huskies. We were preparing to have our best race Sunday for the last two months. We just have to be fearless and we have to go with it and let the chips fall. My goal is that when everybody comes back to the dock they know that they couldn't have done anything better or anything harder that it was their best effort on that day. It's important for us to be competitive."

Last Year at the Head of the Lake: The Cougars fought hard at last year's Head of the Lake, but came in second behind the cross-state rival Washington Huskies...the Cougars' varsity eight placed second in the Women's Collegiate/Open 8+ event by finishing eight seconds behind the first-place Huskies...with a time of 17:49.64, WSU finished in front of Gonzaga, University of Victoria and Minnesota...WSU's second varsity eight also came in second place in the Women's Collegiate JV 8+ event for the second straight year...the Cougars finished 30 seconds behind first-place Washington with a time of 18:59.42...WSU's third varsity eight won the Women's Collegiate 3V 8+ event coming in three seconds faster than Washington with a time of 18:56.64.

Cougars' Last Outing: The Cougars hosted their lone fall regatta, Friday Oct. 29, against the Gonzaga Bulldogs...WSU's varsity eight crew had gone undefeated against the Bulldogs at the Head of the Snake for seven consecutive years, and added another year to that as they defeated the Bulldogs last Friday... Washington State's first, second and third varsity boats defeated Gonzaga's varsity eight crew Friday at the Head of the Lake at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River...the Cougar's third crew finished just six seconds ahead of Gonzaga's first crew as they came in third with a time of 18:29:78.

Coaching Staff: Jane LaRiviere is in her ninth year as head coach of the WSU women's rowing program...the Cougars have raced in five NCAA Championships under LaRiviere, including a 13th-place finish last season...she is joined by assistant Josh Adam, novice coach Corrie McGrath, and graduate assistant Robyn Willow...Adam is in his first year after coaching the last two years at Indiana...McGrath is in her third year at WSU, after coaching stints at Clemson and Central Florida...Willow also begins her first year after coaching in Canada.

Next Up: Washington State has finished its fall season and will next compete during the Spring season, opening action with Class Day Races March 19 before the competitive season starts at Gonzaga March 26.

Directions to Head of the Lake: From 520 Westbound (toward Seattle) exit Montlake Boulevard.
Turn Right (north). Follow Montlake past the stadium, past Hec Ed Pavillion. Just pass cement overpass to Hec Ed, take second drive to right toward Parking Lot and Boathouse.
From I-5, take Eastbound 520, exit Montlake Blvd. Turn left at stop light.
Follow Montlake past the stadium, past Hec Ed Pavillion.
Just past cement overpass to Hec Ed, take second drive to right toward Parking Lot and Boathouse.
It's the third right from overpass, the first two rights are a parking area for the ticket office.

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