Cougars Finish Sixth at Pac-12 Rowing Championships
May 13, 2012
GOLD RIVER, Calif.- The Cougars' novice eight captured the bronze medal, finishing third, as Washington State University women's rowing placed sixth as a team at the Pac-12 Championships Sunday at a warm and slightly windy Lake Natoma near Sacramento, Calif.
The 17th-ranked Cougars finished sixth with 18.5 points, five points behind fifth-place, No. 3 USC with 23.5 points. For the fifth-consecutive season, No. 1 California took home the team title by sweeping all four events for 45.5 points. The Golden Bears won in decisive fashion, 14.5 points ahead of No. 8 Washington in second with 31 points. Seventh-ranked UCLA finished a close third with 30 points, followed by No. 12 Stanford in fourth with 25 points. Oregon State came in seventh with 8.5 points, 10 behind the Cougars.
The novice eight boat finished third, matching its seeding for the race. The varsity four placed fourth, coming in with the third seed in the race, while the second varsity eight finished one-spot ahead of its seed in fifth and the varsity eight matched its seed at sixth.
"Today was highlighted by the novice eight, although everyone raced hard," WSU Head Coach Jane LaRivieresaid. "I'm proud of everyone's effort."
WSU's novice eight boat (bow - Courtney Hammer, Carter Marks, Megan McDonald, Erin Schuster, Noel Christiansen, Kellen Srb, Johanna Walther, Andi Yoxsimer, coxswain - Raeanne Marks) had the best finish of the day for WSU in the first race, coming in third place in 6:55.7, over eight seconds ahead of fourth-place Washington (7:03.9). California edged out UCLA with a time of 6:47.0 for the victory, followed by the Bruins in second at 6:49.0. The Cougars held third throughout the race, slowly pulling ahead of Washington at each 500-meter split.
In the second race of the morning, WSU's varsity four (bow - Carly Johnson, Mickey Aylard, Gina Head, Ashlee Bonahoom, coxswain - Rachel Johnson) jumped out to second early, in the first 500 meters. The Cougars slipped to fifth at the 1,500 meter mark, but passed Stanford in the final 500 meters for a fourth-place finish with a time of 7:28.9, less than a second ahead of the Cardinal at 7:29.3. California finished first with a time of 7:13.9, followed by Washington at 7:20.8 and UCLA at 7:23.4.
In the second varsity eight, WSU (bow - Liana DeMaris, Kayla Wakulich, Alex Waddell, Hannah deVos, Mollie McCabe, Katie Dick, Allie Reilly, Kendall Boliba, coxswain - Emily Boquet) had a gutsy race, coming back in the final 500 meters to out-stroke USC by two-seconds and record the second-fastest final split amongst the competitors, placing fifth with a time of 6:48.6, a second ahead of the Women of Troy at 6:49.6. Cal came in first at 6:39.3, followed by Stanford (6:42.7), UCLA (6:43.0) and Washington (6:46.9).
The battle for second through seventh came down to the final race of the day and main event, the varsity eight race. Entering the race Cal held the lead with 24.5 points, followed by UCLA in second (18 points), Washington and Stanford tied for third (16 points), Washington State in fifth with 12.5 points and USC and Oregon State tied for sixth with 5.5 points apiece.
The Women of Troy did what they needed to do as they placed second to earn 18 points, edging out Washington by 0.1 seconds, with a time of 6:32.7. California finished nearly two seconds ahead of USC to capture the gold in a time of 6:30.9. Washington State's varsity eight (bow - Lisa Roman, Elise Jones, Sarah Powell, Liz England, Jennifer Hale, Jess Munro, Emily Starkel, Alison Smith, coxswain - Heidi Kim) held off a late charge by Oregon State to finish sixth with a time of 6:48.0, ahead of the Beavers' 6:49.5. UCLA finished fourth (6:36.3), followed by Stanford in fifth (6:38.1).
The Cougars will now await the selections for the NCAA Rowing Championships which will take place at Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J., May 25-27. The selections will be announced by the NCAA Tuesday, May 15 at www.NCAA.com.
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