Varsity Eight Lifts WSU To Third-Place Tie At Pac-10 Championships
May 18, 2003
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. --- Washington State used a strong performance from its varsity eight to finish in a tie for third place at the Pac-10 Rowing Championships on Lake Natoma, near Sacramento, Sunday.
"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."
WSU's second varsity eight took home a fourth-place finish after rapidly closing the gap on third-place Stanford over the final 500 meters. The Cougars posted the second-best split in the field over that span (1:38.89), but could not edge out the Cardinal in the end.
"It was a hard fought battle," LaRiviere said of the second varsity eight race. "Stanford had a great day. Everybody rowed really hard. The entire field finished within four seconds first through fourth."
LaRiviere was also pleased with the performance of the varsity four, which overcame a five-second deficit to Oregon State over the final 500 meters to capture third place. The Cougars finished with a time of 7:40.30.
"They finished third and we have three freshman in that boat," LaRiviere said. "They did a great job for us."
WSU's novice eight finished fifth in a hotly-contested race with a time of 7:00.30. UCLA won with a mark of 6:51.70.
"The novices raced well. There were only about four seconds separating third, fourth, and fifth," LaRiviere said. "It was a tight race and we are happy with the way they performed."
Washington captured the overall title with 52 points. California placed second with 50, while the Cougars and Stanford finished deadlocked at 47.
The Seventh Annual NCAA Championships will be held Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1, 2003, at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. A total of 16 teams will be selected Tuesday, May 20 for the event.
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