April 20, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - - What's Happening This Week: Washington State will travel to the Volunteer State to take on the University of Tennessee Saturday April 23...the Cougars will be sending their varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four crews to Knoxville...racing will begin at 10:10 a.m, with the racing order of varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four.
What Happened Last Week: The Washington State women's rowing team defeated the University of Washington in two races April 16 during a dual regatta on the Snake River at Wawawai Landing, outside of Pullman... the Cougs captured wins in the varsity four and second varsity eight competitions... No. 17 WSU fell to No. 11 Washington by just over two seconds in the varsity eight race... the Cougars took the top two finishes in the varsity four race...WSU "A" won with a time of 7:31.44...in the second varsity eight race the Cougars were able to defeat the Huskies by five seconds...WSU "A" completed the course in a time of 6:41.03, Washington earned a mark of 6:46.43...in the varsity eight race, UW finished with a time of 6:30.14, while the Cougars' crew crossed the finish line with a mark of 6:32.8.
2004 Action Against Lady Vols: Last April, the Cougars welcomed Tennessee to the Snake River...the two schools also competed against Oregon State...in the varsity eight race, WSU won the race, with Tennessee second and OSU third...in second varsity eight action, WSU was victorious with the Beavers second and the Lady Vols third...Oregon State won the varsity four race, while WSU A finished second and Tennessee finished third...in the race, WSU B placed fourth...Oregon State swept the novice races, earning wins in the novice eight and second novice eight races.
Varsity Eight Ranked in National Poll: The Cougars are ranked 17th for the second consecutive week in the 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. 2), Stanford (No. 9), Washington (No. 11), USC (No. 12), UCLA (No. 14) ... Oregon State has received votes but is not ranked...this week's opponent, Tennessee is ranked No. 13...Princeton holds the No. 1 position in the poll... polls are released every Wednesday.
Cougars Ranked Top in West: The NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Committee has ranked the Washington State varsity four crew as the top fours squad on the west coast in the most recent poll dated April 10 ...as a team, the Cougar women's rowing squad is ranked second ...the WSU second varsity eight crew is ranked second in the region and the varsity eight squad is ranked sixth...this week's opponent, Tennessee is ranked third as a team in the south...the Lady Vols varsity eight team is tied for second, second varsity eight is ranked third and varsity four is ranked third.
Head Coach Jane LaRiviere On This Weekend's Action: "Tennessee just upset (No. 10) Virginia, so it looks like its going to be a difficult race, however we are up to the challenge. I'm looking forward to it. I don't think its going to be a walk in the park for our boats; we are going to have to make it a good race. Winning these races would be a huge step in the right direction towards making it to the NCAAs. I'm excited about it. Our crew is great team to work with, they are really consistent. Every time we want to do our best, they seem to do it so I don't expect us to have a poor race."
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.