March 25, 2004
What's Happening This Week: The Washington State University women's rowing varsity eight and second varsity eight squads head to Redwood City, Calif., for the prestigious Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic, March 27-28...races begin at 9 a.m., Saturday and end at approximately 5:30 p.m...Sunday's races begin at 9 a.m., and run until 3 p.m...Cougars' novice eight, second novice eight, and third varsity eight will head to American Lake in Tacoma, Wash., for the Daffodil Cup, March 27...after this week's competition the Cougars split up again next weekend with the varsity eight, second varsity eight and novice eight heading to Mission Bay, Calif., for the San Diego Crew Classic, April 3-4...varsity four and second novice eight travel to Seattle to square off in the Husky Invitational at Montlake Cut, April 3.
About the Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic: This event features top varsity eight crews from the East and West Coasts, including No.6 Stanford, No.7 Virginia, No.8 Michigan State, No.11 California, and Cornell...WSU is one of only 15 schools that are invited to the event...more than 80 races will take place during the weekend...this marks the first time the Cougars will compete in the Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic...for more information on this event go to gostanford.com and click on the Windermere link.
What Happened Last Week: The Cougars kicked off their spring season with a dominant performance against Gonzaga in a dual regatta Saturday, March 20 at Silver Lake...Cougars won all five of the 2000m races against the Bulldogs...Cougars garnered the top two positions in every race, with the exception of the varsity four race where only one boat from each team raced.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic: "First of all we're honored to be invited; the Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic is turning into one of the premier collegiate rowing events in the country. Last week was a good warm-up scrimmage and we're ready to go now."
Varsity Eight Ranked in Preseason Poll: The Cougars are No. 15 in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Preseason Poll...WSU is one of five Pacific-10 Conference teams in the poll...Stanford (No. 6), Washington (No. 10), California (No. 11) and USC (No. 12) were the other conference teams...Brown holds the No. 1 position in the poll.
What Happened In The Fall: The Cougars took advantage of the fall training session by competing in three regattas: the Head of Spokane and Head of the Snake against Gonzaga, and the Head of the Lake in Seattle...at the Head of the Lake, the Cougars faced opponents that included Virginia, Michigan State, Stanford, Syracuse and Washington...varsity eight took eighth while the second varsity eight and third varsity eight boats garnered fourth place finishes...varsity eight captured first place against Gonzaga in the Head of the Snake...second varsity eight won the Head of Spokane...fall campaign also provided an opportunity for newly acquired members of the team and first year rowers to compete in scrimmages in preparation for the spring season.
Cougars Coming Off Historic 2003 Season: WSU enters 2004 after a memorable 2003 season where the Cougars earned their first team bid to the NCAA Championships...Cougars finished 12th at the NCAAs headed by a top 10 finish from the varsity four...varsity eight led the Cougars at the Pac-10 Championships with a third place effort...novice eight achieved success as well by winning the San Diego Crew Classic for the second consecutive year.
Directions to American Lake Crew Boathouse: From Interstate 5: Directions to CBRC boathouse at Harry Todd Park. Take exit 123, the Thorne Lane exit, off of I-5. Head west (left form the south, right from the north) and proceed over the railroad tracks, which will take you to Thorne Lane. Follow this road straight ahead. As the road begins to curve to the left, take an immediate right onto Thorne Lane. Harry Todd Park will be ahead on your right. Follow the chain link fence to the main entrance on the right.