WSU finished just one and a half points behind 10th-ranked Stanford.
The Cougars performed well in the morning and afternoon sessions.
The year 2006 marked the best finish in WSU Rowing history and the highest for any women's athletic program in WSU history! At the 2006 NCAA Division I Rowing Championship Regatta in West Windsor, N.J., all three WSU varsity boats posted top five finishes, earning the Cougars a fourth-place team standing. It was Washington State's fourth appearance at the NCAA Championships in the past five years, the third as a full team contingent.
At the 2006 Pacific-10 Championships, WSU placed second overall, with the varsity eight and varsity four boats finishing second in their respective grand finals. The accomplishments earned Cougar rowing a NCAA team bid. Other top finishes included the varsity eight's 10th place overall standing at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston and a victory at the Head of the Lake Regatta in Seattle. The Cougars also recorded wins against Stanford, Tennessee, and Clemson along with two spectacular wins against arch rival Washington, only the second and third in program history.
Cougar Head Coach Jane LaRiviere received professional recognition from her coaching peers for her outstanding coaching success in 2006. The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association named her the West Region Coach of the Year and the Pacific-10 Conference voted her the Women's Rowing Coach of the Year.
In the 2003-04 season (her second at WSU), LaRiviere guided the Cougars to a ninth overall finish at the NCAA Championships. The Cougars' NCAA appearance was highlighted by the second varsity eight's third-place finish. At the Pac-10 Conference Championships, WSU placed third overall underscored by a runner-up effort from the second varsity eight squad.
During LaRiviere's first year with the Cougars (2002-03), third-place finishes by the varsity eight and varsity four crews led WSU to a tie for third at the Pac-10 Championships. Those results helped secure the program's first team bid to the NCAA Championships in school history. The Cougars' inaugural trip to the national championships resulted in a 12th place team finish, which featured a top 10 performance by the varsity four crew.
LaRiviere came to the Palouse after spending eight years at Oregon State University where she served as the recruiting coordinator as well as the women's freshman and novice coach. While at OSU, LaRiviere guided the Beavers' novice eight boat to a 2002 Pac-10 Conference Championships victory and the varsity four boat to a second-place finish. In addition, LaRiviere directed the Beavers' novice eight boat to respective second and third-place finishes at the Pac-10 Championships in 2000 and 2001 and the varsity four boat to a second-place effort at the 2001 conference championships.
During LaRiviere's tenure at Oregon State , the women's rowing program posted third-place overall finishes at the Pac-10 Championships in 1998, 2001 and 2002. In addition, the Beavers' varsity eight boat placed 13th and 15th at the NCAA Championships in 1999 and 2000, respectively.
LaRiviere began her coaching career in 1989 while attending graduate school at the University of Oregon. A native of Canada, she went on to coach at the University of Western Ontario and for the London (Ontario) Rowing Club. While in Ontario, she assisted with the Canadian Women's National Team development camps. During the summer of 2001, LaRiviere was an apprentice national rowing team coach in Canada.
A U.S. Rowing Level III certified coach, LaRiviere earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Calgary (1986), a master's degree in athletic therapy from Oregon (1990), and her Ph.D. in biomechanics from Oregon State (2002).
Her daughter Alice Jean LaRiviere was born Aug. 16, 2003.
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