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WSU Qualifies Two Boats for Grand Finals at San Diego Crew Classic
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 03/31/2012
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March 31, 2012

MISSION BAY, Calif. - The Washington State University women's rowing team advanced two of four boats to the Grand Finals of the San Diego Crew Classic after racing in the preliminary heats at Mission Bay Saturday morning. The varsity four and novice eight qualified for the Grand Finals after finishing first and second, respectively, in their heats. WSU's varsity and second varsity eights will race in the Petite Finals Sunday morning after finishing fourth and third, respectively.

The highlight of the morning was the Cougars' varsity four, garnering the top time of the women's collegiate four event on the 2,000-meter course. The Cougars posted a time of 7:29.64 to edge out No. 6 USC and qualify for the Grand Final Sunday morning. WSU finished over two seconds ahead of USC and four seconds ahead of No. 1 Virginia's second four in the heat.

In the varsity eight invitational event the Cougars grabbed a fourth-place finish with a time of 6:51.818 to advance to the Petite Final Sunday morning. WSU finished just two seconds behind UCLA and nearly six seconds ahead of fifth-place Texas.

The Cougars also competed in the second varsity eight event where they secured a third-place finish to advance to the Petite Final. WSU clocked a time of 6:56.40, falling by three seconds to second-place California. The Cougars outpaced fourth-place Oklahoma by nearly two seconds and fifth-place Iowa by six seconds.

WSU's novice eight was the second Cougar boat to qualify for the Grand Final after finishing in a time of 7:01.03. The Cougars advance after placing second in their preliminary heat, three seconds behind Washington. WSU finished nearly two seconds ahead of Oregon State and over eight seconds faster than Kansas State in fourth.

"It's early in the season and I feel that overall we were competitive," stated head coach Jane LaRiviere. "It's great that our novice and varsity four made the Grand Finals."

The Cougars will compete tomorrow morning to conclude competition at the San Diego Crew Classic. WSU's second varsity eight will race in the Petite Final at 8 a.m. PT, followed by the Petite Final of the varsity eight invitational at 9 a.m. The Cougar's varsity four will race for the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup at 10:10 a.m. and the novice eight will concluded racing for the Cougars at 10:50 a.m., racing for the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy. All races can be seen via a live web stream at www.crewclassic.org/video.

Women's Collegiate Varsity Invitational - Heat B
1. Southern California, 6:37.284
2. Virginia, 6:38.743
3. UCLA, 6:49.603
4. Washington State, 6:51.818
5. Texas, 6:57.553
6. Alabama, 7:12.757

Women's Collegiate 4+ - Heat B
1. Washington State, 7:29.64
2. USC A, 7:31.84
3. Virginia B, 7:33.38
4. Oregon State, 7:52.16
5. Duke, 8:02.25
6. Sacramento State, 8:03.06
7. Alabama, 8:08.34

Women's Collegiate 2V - Heat A
1. UCLA, 6:46.11
2. California, 6:53.64
3. Washington State, 6:56.40
4. Oklahoma, 6:58.37
5. Iowa, 7:02.59
6. Alabama, 7:10.43
7. Sacramento State, 7:12.90

Women's Collegiate Novice - Heat B
1. Washington, 6:58.26
2. Washington State, 7:01.03
3. Oregon State, 7:03.01
4. Kansas State, 7:09.14
5. Texas A, 7:10.57
6. UC-Davis, 7:29.28
7. Saint Mary's, 7:35.93

For complete results please visit www.crewclassic.org/results.

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