Jan. 25, 2005
After a historic 2003-04 season, the Washington State women's rowing team is looking to reach new heights in 2004-05.
Last season, for a second consecutive year, the Cougars earned a team bid to the NCAA Championships. After multiple strong finishes throughout the season, including a second place finish at the Pacific-10 Championships by the second varsity eight crew, 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 Cougars will enter the 2004-05 season with three seniors leading the pack. The trio, led by Angela Mason (Battle Ground, Wash.), joined the team as walk-ons as freshmen. Mason is the current team record holder for the 2k erg. The 3-time member of the All-Pac-10 Academic second team spent last season with the varsity eight crew.
Maryann Lundberg (Brush Prairie, Wash.) enters her final year as a coxswain for the Cougars. She served as the coxswain for the second varsity eight crew that placed third at the NCAAs. The vocal leader also makes waves in the classroom, earning All-Pac-10 Academic first team accolades. Rounding out the trio is Lori Maricle (Bellingham, Wash.). Maricle split time last season between the second varsity eight and varsity four crews. She was also named to the All-Pac-10 Academic second team last year.
There are also numerous underclassmen from last season's NCAA squad who are returning to the Palouse. Representing the junior class are Kasia Bloch (Warsaw, Poland), Emily Collins (Falls Church, Va.), Amber McKnight (Auckland, New Zealand), Amy Jo Hendershot (Puyallup, Wash.), Jody Thomas (Blenheim, New Zealand), Suzanne Vogt (Spokane, Wash.), Lauren Fellows (Charleston, N.C.), Sharon Finney (Harrison, Idaho), and Laura Griffin (Anchorage, Alaska). Other returning juniors include Jennifer Copeland (Grandview, Wash.), Casey Long (Edmonds, Wash.), Jessica Bills (Willow, Alaska), and newcomer Steph Woodruff (Kent, Wash.). Three members of the team made the trip to the NCAAs as freshmen and are expected to make major contributions as sophomores. They are Lina Brazinskaite (Kaunas, Lithuania), Carey Homan (Deer Park, Wash.) and Sarah Waterfield (Kingston, Ontario).
Joining this year's varsity roster will be 11 rowers from last year's novice crew. The 10 sophomores include Amy Antisdel (Vancouver, Wash.), Kim Behrends (Bothell, Wash.), Lexie Conley (Richland, Wash.), Catherine Watt (North Vancouver, British Columbia), Adele Durfey (Pullman, Wash.), Becca Gibson (Vancouver, Wash.), Sarah Lende (Haines, Alaska), Michelle Morris (Folsom, Calif.), Meghann Price (Idaho Falls, Idaho), and Fritha Strand-Davern (Naselle, Wash.).
Similar to last year's newcomers, the 2004 freshmen class will bring an international flair to the squad. Karin Brevick (Fall City, Wash.), Willow English (North Saanich, British Columbia), Jessica Matejik (Mechanicsville, Pa.), Kelly O'Brien (Granite Bay, Calif.), Nikki Schmitz (Everett, Wash.), Catherine Shirley (Brisbane, Australia), and Robyn Stephenson (Cape Town, South Africa) are expected to make a mark this season.
Last year's ninth place finish marked another step toward third year head coach, Jane LaRiviere's ultimate goal: NCAA Champions. LaRiviere will be assisted by Janey Charlton who will be serving her first year as novice coach. She had previously served as WSU's varsity assistant. New to this season's coaching staff is Mike Stahlman, who will serve as the varsity assistant.