April 13, 2005
What's Happening This Week: Washington State will host cross-state rival Washington in a dual regatta at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River, Saturday April 16...racing is schedule to being at 2:00 p.m....competing this weekend will be the varsity men's and women's crews from UW as well as the varsity women's and club men's squads from WSU...the racing this weekend will be highlighted by the women's varsity eight race...WSU's varsity eight crew is currently ranked No. 17 in the US Rowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll, while UW's crew is ranked No. 11...also racing will be the men's varsity eight, women's second novice eight, women's varsity four, men's second varsity/novice eight, men's second/third novice eight, women's novice eight, women's novice four, men's varsity four, women's second varsity eight.
Directions to Wawawai Landing on the Snake River: From Highway 195 (north or south), turn west on Wawawai Road at the blinking yellow light...travel on Wawawai Road for 10 miles, the road will end at a stop sign...turn right and drive six miles down into the canyon...go past the county park on the right and over the railroad tracks...the boathouse is a cinderblock building on the right...park on the side
What Happened Last Week: Members of the WSU squad competed at the Husky Invitational on the Montlake Cut in Seattle...the Cougs captured two victories during the invite, highlighted with a win in the varsity four race...in the fours race, WSU raced two crews with the "A" squad earning the victory with a mark of 7:28.2 and "B" finishing second with a time of 7:37.4...the Husky crews placed third and fourth in fours action...in the eights race, the Cougar crew, comprised of varsity four members from the earlier race and rowers who had not yet competed for the day, captured the win over a Husky crew and a crew from Lehigh University...WSU also competed in novice action, but fell to the UW in both the novice eight and second novice eight races.
Varsity Eight Ranked in National Poll: The Cougars are ranked 17th this 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. 3), Stanford (No. 10), Washington (No. 11), USC (No. 12), UCLA (No. 13) ... Oregon State has received votes but is not ranked...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 April 10 poll...as a team, the Cougar women's rowing squad is ranked second, this week's opponent, Washington, is ranked first...the WSU second varsity eight crew is ranked second in the region and the varsity eight squad is ranked sixth.
WSU Races Well At Home: In recent years, WSU has raced well when hosting squads on the Snake River...most recently, the Cougs hosted Gonzaga for a fall season dual regatta in October 2004...WSU captured victories over the Bulldogs in the varsity eight and second varsity eight races...in the spring of 2004 the Cougars hosted Tennessee and Oregon State...the Cougs defeated the Lady Vols and Beavers in both the varsity eight and second varsity eight races...WSU also finished second in the varsity four race, falling to OSU...the last time Washington traveled to the Palouse for a dual regatta in 2003, WSU won the second varsity eight and varsity four races.
2004 Dual Regatta Against Washington: Last spring the Huskies welcomed the Cougars to the waters of the Montlake Cut for the yearly dual regatta between the two schools...the Cougars were victorious over UW in the second varsity eight race by nearly seven seconds...the Husky varsity eight crew edged out the WSU crew by three seconds...also capturing a victory for Washington was the varsity four crew.
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.