Cougars Host Tennessee and Oregon State on The Snake River Saturday at 1 p.m.
April 21, 2004
What's Happening This Week: After a week off from competition, Washington State University's women's rowing team will host Oregon State and Tennessee, Saturday, April 24 at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River...races begin at 1 p.m.
Directions to Wawawai Landing: From Highway 195 (north or south), turn west on Wawawai Road...travel on Wawawai Road for 10 miles...the road will end at a stop sign, turn right and drive down into the canyon six miles...at the bottom of the canyon, go past the county park on the right and over the railroad tracks...the boathouse is a cinderblock building on right...park on the side of the road or in the parking lot south of the boathouse.
Varsity Eight Stays Put In Poll: The Cougars remain at No. 12 in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll...this weekend's regatta features No. 11 Tennessee versus No. 12 WSU...Cougars were ranked No.15 in the preseason poll...WSU is one of four Pacific-10 Conference teams in the poll...California (No. 2), Washington (No. 8), and USC (No. 15), are the other conference teams ranked...Ohio State University holds the No. 1 position in the poll for the fourth consecutive week.
Non-Conference Opponent: Tennessee will be the first non-conference varsity eight ranked team and the first Southeastern Conference team to travel to the Snake.
History Against Tennessee: The Cougars' varsity eight raced against Tennessee at the San Diego Crew Classic April 4...Tennessee finished third in the Grand Final of the Jessop-Whittier Cup, rowing a time of 7:02.68, while the Cougars took fourth rowing a time of 7:04.10 in the 2000 meter race...Cougars also competed against the Volunteers at last year's NCAA Championships.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere's Connection to Oregon State: Before Jane LaRiviere became the WSU Rowing Head Coach, she spent at eight years as the Beaver's freshman and novice coach, as well as the recruiting coordinator...LaRiviere led the Beavers' novice eight boat to the 2002 Pac-10 Championship.
LaRiviere on This Week's Competition: "I'm very excited that Tennessee is coming all the way out here. It's a big weekend from a ranking perspective because they're ranked one spot ahead of us and the (NCAA) committee looks at how you race against non-conference opponents. Tennessee beat us earlier this year by less than two seconds, so we know it's going to be a good race. Our team has a lot of heart, and I think that is what this race will boil down to. I told the team not to overlook Oregon State as well because they are a dangerous team. Also, racing at home this weekend will be nice because it's finally a chance for the team to show off what they can do in front of the fans."
Washington State's line-up versus Tennessee and Oregon State:
Cougar Novice Eight: Meghann Price (cox), Fritha Strand-Davern, Becca Gibson, Casey Long, Sarah Lende, Jennifer Copeland, Kim Behrends, Michelle Morris, Megan Schuyler
Cougar Second Novice Eight: Amy Sherman (cox), Amy Antisdel, Kim Dale, Jessica Regalado, Megan Schuyler, Kristin Patterson, Lexie Conley, Kristen Dunseth-Orth, Cristina Dressel
Cougar Third Novice Eight: Nicki Compogno (cox), Michelle Morris, Kim Behrends, Kayla Smith, Adele Durfey, Janae Scott, Cortney DuBois, Jennifer Copeland, Sarah Lende
What Happened Last Weekend: The Cougars took a week off competition, giving them a chance to focus on their training for the Pacific-10 Championships May 16...WSU last raced against Washington, April 10, in Seattle at Montlake Cut...Cougars' second varsity eight defeated the Huskies' second varsity eight by seven seconds.
What Happened In The Fall: The Cougars took advantage of the fall training session by competing in three regattas: the Head of Spokane and Head of the Snake against Gonzaga, and the Head of the Lake in Seattle...at the Head of the Lake, the Cougars faced opponents that included Virginia, Michigan State, Stanford, Syracuse and Washington...varsity eight took eighth while the second varsity eight and third varsity eight boats garnered fourth place finishes...varsity eight captured first place against Gonzaga in the Head of the Snake...second varsity eight won the Head of Spokane...fall campaign also provided an opportunity for newly acquired members of the team and first year rowers to compete in scrimmages in preparation for the spring season.
Cougars Coming Off Historic 2003 Season: WSU enters 2004 after a memorable 2003 season where the Cougars earned their first team bid to the NCAA Championships...Cougars finished 12th at the NCAAs headed by a top 10 finish from the varsity four...varsity eight led the Cougars at the Pac-10 Championships with a third place effort...novice eight achieved success as well by winning the San Diego Crew Classic for the second consecutive year.