Cougars Notch Wins at Head of the Lake to Close Out Fall Season
SEATTLE - The Washington State University women's rowing team concluded its fall season in exciting fashion Sunday at the 31st annual Head of the Lake Regatta. The Cougars garnered the top spot in the collegiate junior varsity eight class and defeated fellow Pac-12-rival Washington in two of four matchups.
The highlight of the day was WSU's JV eight (Kayla Wakulich, Sarah Powell, Kendall Boliba, Emily Starkel, Elise Jones, Sarah Wolff, Kasia Rademacher, Mickey Aylard, coxswain - Heidi Kim), which posted the fastest time of its class (women's collegiate JV 8+), clocking a time of 18:04.327. The JV eight took first place, en route to beating the University of Washington for the first time at the Head of the Lake during head coach Jane LaRiviere's tenure at WSU. The Huskies clocked a time of 18:14.094. The JV eight also beat the University of Victoria Rowing Club, Western Washington University, Lewis & Clark College, Pacific Lutheran University, Portland State University, and Seattle University.
The Cougars' varsity four (Liana DeMaris, Rachel Snodgrass, Alex Waddell, Carly Johnson, coxswain - Emily Boquet) and second varsity four (Kerry Hassall, Jess Munro, Stephanie Hinkle, Ashlee Bonahoom, coxswain - Lexi Ryman) turned in the fastest collegiate times in the collegiate/open four event, bettering the Huskies on the three-mile course that starts on Lake Union and continues through the Montlake Cut to finish on Lake Washington. This marks the first time that WSU's varsity four has beaten Washington at the Head of the Lake, notching a time of 20:41.561, nearly a minute ahead of Washington which recorded a time of 21:30.546.
In the Championship Women's 8+, the Cougars' varsity eight (Alison Smith, Lisa Roman, Liz England, Mollie McCabe, Katie Dick, Allie Reilly, Hannah deVos, Jennifer Hale, coxswain - Rachel Johnson) took home a second-place finish, five seconds behind Washington which clocked in at 17:51.343. WSU out-stroked Seattle University by over three minutes and posted a time of 17:56.671.
WSU also launched a third varsity eight (Alyssa Rumann, Samantha Hoeper, Kelsey Lounsbury, Martha Jackson, Jess Munro, Kerry Hassall, Ashlee Bonahoom, Noel Christiansen, coxswain - Sarah Wu) at the regatta, which picked up a second-place finish, 17 seconds behind Washington's third varsity eight with a time of 19:04.218.
The Cougars will now begin winter training in the Tom and Barbara Wilson Rowing Facility. The 2012 spring season will begin March 24 with Class Day races at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River. WSU will have rematches with Gonzaga, Oregon State, and Washington this spring, traveling to Seattle to face the Huskies April 7, Gonzaga April 21, and hosting the Beavers April 28.
Champ Collegiate Women's Varsity 8+
Women's Collegiate JV 8+
Women's Collegiate 3V 8+
Women's Collegiate/Open 4+