Cougars Finish 12th at NCAA Rowing Championships
May 29, 2011
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - Washington State University finished 12th overall at the 2011 NCAA Rowing Championships Sunday at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma. The Cougars' second varsity eight and varsity four each placed 10th in their respective events, while the varsity eight was 11th.
Washington State finished with 39 points, just three points behind Yale in 11th with 42. WSU bettered its 13th-place finish from last year's 2010 NCAA Championships. The Cougars place 12th for the second time in school history, as they matched the finish in 2003. Brown took home the team championship, tying Stanford with 85 points, but held the tie-breaker by finishing ahead of Stanford in the varsity eight race. California was third with 83 points, followed by Princeton in fourth with 72 points and USC in fifth with 72 points.
"All of our boats had really great races today," WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere said. "I think the varsity four and the second varsity eight got rewarded for their efforts. The effort was there in the varsity eight but it was such stiff competition that we had to settle for fifth place. There's a little bit of disappointment, but they had a great race. We're improved from last year, without doubt, and I think we competed well all week. I'm super excited to get started again next year."
Seeded third in the varsity eight Petite Final (ninth overall), WSU (coxswain Lexi Ryman, stroke Sarah Wolff, Hannah deVos, Allie Reilly, Corinna Sharick, Christina Kinck, Crystal Martin, Lisa Roman, Annie Eastwood) finished fifth in the heat and 12th overall with a time of 6:42.66, just beating out Michigan with a time of 6:42.74. The Cougars earned 18 points for their finish. Virginia won the heat to place seventh with a time of 6:33.24, followed by Yale in second at 6:33.83. Wisconsin was third, followed by Washington. Princeton won the Grand Final with a time of 6:27.12, while Brown nipped Stanford to clinch the overall team championship placing second in the race with at time of 6:28.62. Stanford was just 0.05 seconds behind in third with a time of 6:28.67. California was fourth (6:30.06), followed by USC (6:30.19) and Michigan State (6:36.12).
The Cougar varsity four (coxswain Cayla Ravancho, stroke Rachel McNeil, Liz Beck, Kasia Rademacher, Liana DeMaris) finished fourth in the Petite Final for a 10th overall finish, earning seven points for the team. WSU finished with a time of 7:24.00. Brown won the heat to place seventh overall with a time 7:17.67, followed by Ohio State (7:18.32) and Princeton (7:19.24). California won the Grand Final with a time of 7:09.60, followed by Virginia in second (7:11.39), USC in third (7:12.73), Washington in fourth (7:17.51), Wisconsin in fifth (7:17.74) and Stanford in sixth (7:18.08).
Seeded 12th in the second varsity eight, Washington State (coxswain Emily Boquet, stroke Natasha Ostopovich, Liz England, Stephanie Hinkle, Justine Galbraith, Mollie McCabe, Alison Smith, Sarah Powell, Carly Johnson) finished ahead of Michigan, Wisconsin and Yale in the Petite Final to place fourth in the heat and 10th overall for 14 points with a time of 6:40.57. Washington won the heat with a time of 6:35.91 four seventh overall, followed by Michigan State with a time of 6:37.28 and Princeton right behind in third at 6:37.43. Stanford took the championship with a first place finish in the Grand Final in a time of 6:27.76. It was followed by Brown (second, 6:29.41), California (third, 6:31.70), Ohio State (fourth, 6:33.42), Virginia (fifth, 6:37.20) and USC in sixth (6:37.83).
For the second-straight year Washington State hosted the event down in Gold River, Calif., along with the Sacramento State Aquatic Center and Pacific-10 Conference. Racing began Friday with the event concluding late Sunday morning.
"Once again I was proud to be able to perform in front of many members of our Washington State staff," LaRiviere said. "It was our second year hosting and everything was pretty smooth. It's also nice to be able to have a few extra people along to cheer you on."
Complete results from the championships can be found HERE.
2011 NCAA ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Final Team Standings
Division I Eights
Division I Second Eights
Division I Fours
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