First Day Of NCAA Championships In The Books For WSU
May 30, 2003
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The first day of the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships is completed for the Washington State Cougars at Eagle Creek Reservoir.
The second varsity eight highlighted the Cougars' day by rallying to capture third place in its heat. WSU rowed a time of 7:01.42 to edge Stanford by two hundredths of a second, avenging a defeat to the Cardinal at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships just 12 days earlier. The Cougars also bested Princeton and Michigan in the race.
WSU was sixth through 1500m of the 2000m event but flew through the final 500m to move up three positions. The Cougars clocked a split of 1:33.90 in the final 500m, a time that was nearly eight seconds faster than the next fastest boat, California, which won the heat.
The Cougars will attempt to advance to Sunday's Grand Final when they will race in the first of a pair of second varsity eight Repechage heats, Saturday at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Cougars will face Harvard, Princeton, Virginia and Michigan State in their heat. A top two effort will place the Cougars in Sunday's Grand Final.
In the varsity eight competition, the Cougars finished out of the top three in their morning heat and were forced to race in the afternoon's Repechage heat for the right to race in Saturday's semi-finals.
Needing to finish in the top three, the Cougars placed sixth in the Repechage clocking a time of 7:15.51. As a result, the varsity eight will race in Saturday's consolation final at 11 a.m. EST with Boston, Michigan State and Tennessee. Last year, WSU won the consolation final to finish 13th in the nation.
The Cougars started strong in the Repechage, which was moved up 90 minutes due to expected inclement weather, leading the field at the 500m mark with a time of 1:42.90. WSU was in second after 1,000m, less than three tenths of a second behind pace-setting Yale. However, a 1:56.09 split from the 1,000m to 1,500m mark proved to be the Cougars' undoing as the crew fell to fifth position with 500m remaining.
The varsity four took fifth place in its heat with a time of 7:55.37. WSU will race in Saturday's Repechage heat at 9:30 a.m. EST for the right to advance in Sunday's Grand Final.
Head Coach Jane LaRiviere
(on the varsity eight) "The Repechage was a really tight race and I was proud of them because they came back. They had a really tough race in the morning. I think they were coming off such a high from Pac-10s. It's a learning process of understanding that you don't try to replicate good performances but you have to create new ones."
(on the second varsity eight) "The second varsity eight did a great job; they had a great race. It was better than Pac-10s and they are looking competitive for tomorrow. They beat some respectable crews today."
(on the varsity four) "The varsity four had a good race. We have had a little bit of sickness in that boat and they felt a bit of low energy. But they held it together and I think they are looking forward to a better race tomorrow."
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