This Week In Cougar Athletics History
May 16, 1978
Washington State coach Chuck “Bobo” Brayton and Cougar third baseman/outfielder Dave Edler were named Pacific-8 Conference Northern Division Coach and Athlete of the Year, respectively.
The All-Northern team was dominated by Washington State as the Cougars nabbed seven spots on the 15-man team.
Brayton, who is in his 17th season as head coach of the Cougars, led WSU to a 40-13 season and their ninth consecutive Northern Division championship.
Edler, a senior from Yakima, Wash., led the Northern Division in hitting (.397 average), doubles (18), RBI (59), and was third in home runs (nine). In addition to his duties at third base and the outfield, Edler also saw pitching duties in five games, compiling a 3-1 record.
Cougar pitchers Eric Snider and Steve Quealey, who compiled records of 11-2 and 10-1, respectively, were also selected to the team as well as outfielder Jim Lauer, second baseman Dan Wodrich, shortstop Bruce Chaney, and designated John Seefried.
May 18, 2003
Washington State used a strong performance from its varsity eight crew to finish in a tie for third place at the Pac-10 Rowing Championships on Lake Natoma, near Sacramento.
"Today was a great day for us," Washington State Head Coach Jane LaRiviere said. "All the boats raced to the best of their ability."
WSU's varsity eight advanced to the final by placing third with a time of 6:48.10 in the first elimination heat. In the Grand Final, the Cougars overcame No. 2 California over the last 500 meters to finish third. Washington State also knocked off No. 8 USC by just over two seconds after the Women of Troy held a slight advantage with 1,500 meters remaining.
"The varsity eight raced phenomenally," LaRiviere said. "It's not everyday that you beat the No. 2-ranked team in the country, California, and the No. 8-ranked team in USC. They have never looked better. They just flew."
The varsity eight consists of seniors Corrie McGrath, Catherine Lortie, Emily Rains, Naomi Turnbull, Tristen Curtis, and Jamie Orth, juniors Erin Patterson and Emily Tribe, and sophomore Tristen Curtis. The coxswain is junior Nicole Wright.
"They put an exclamation point on their season. There are five seniors in that boat and they have overcome a few bumps in the road and they can really be proud of what they accomplished today," LaRiviere said. "They will remember this race for the rest of their lives. It was a beautiful thing."
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