Washington State Rowing Set to Compete at the Head of the Spokane
Oct. 17, 2012
Rowing Heads North to Take on Gonzaga: The Cougars are back in action three weeks after competing against Gonzaga in the Head of the Pend Oreille. The Washington State women's rowing team travels to Spokane, Wash. to compete in the Head of the Spokane regatta at the Gonzaga Boathouse on the Spokane River Saturday, Oct. 20.
The 2012 Head of the Spokane: Racing will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Gonzaga Boathouse on the Spokane River...the race is in "head" format, in which the boats start at intervals, racing both the clock and each other...the Head of the Spokane is part of Gonzaga's annual Alumni Weekend hosted by the men's and women's rowing teams, taking place Oct. 19-21...the race covers a 5,000 meter stretch of the Spokane River.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Head of the Spokane: "We're really looking forward to getting out in the big boats and racing on the Spokane River against Gonzaga this weekend. It's a great course and there are a lot of Cougars in Spokane to support us."
Last Year at the Head of the Spokane: Last year in Spokane, the Cougars competed against Gonzaga in their first dual regatta of Washington State's season...WSU's varsity eight out-stroked the Gonzaga varsity eight and took the top women's time of the day (17:14)...the Cougars' second varsity eight also out-stroked Gonzaga's varsity eight with a time of (17:28)...in addition, Washington State's third varsity eight defeated the Bulldogs' third varsity eight, clocking in at (17:56)...Washington State's varsity four performed well with the first varsity four (19:13) and the second varsity four (19:35) out-stroking both Gonzaga's first and second varsity fours.
Cougars' Last Outing: The Washington State University women's rowing team completed its first regatta of the fall season Sept. 29 at the Head of the Pend Oreille...the Cougars posted the top women's time of the day while racing two varsity eights and four varsity fours against Gonzaga...the Cougars raced mixed varsity four boats, distributing the student-athletes to create parody among the boats...the highlight of the day was Washington State's A boat, which finished the 5,000 meter race in the fastest time of any women's boat at the regatta with a time of 20:10...the D boat finished in a time of 20:18...the C boat finished in a time of 20:28...the C boat clocked in at 20:32...all four Washington State crews notched faster times than the two Gonzaga varsity four boats...later in the day, Washington State raced two varsity eights...Washington State's A boat finished at 19:02, edging Gonzaga's A boat 19:09...the Washington State B boat finished with a time of 19:37, well ahead of Gonzaga's B boat 20:50.
Coaching Staff: Jane LaRiviere begins her 11th year as head coach of the WSU women's rowing program...the Cougars have raced in six NCAA Championships under LaRiviere...she is joined by assistant Josh Adam, and novice coach Corrie McGrath...Adam is in his third year after coaching his prior two years at Indiana...McGrath is in her fifth year at WSU, after coaching stints at Clemson and Central Florida.
Directions From I-90 East: 1. Exit on 287 (Argonne Exit) 2. Head North on Argonne towards Mt. Spokane Park 3. Follow through four stop lights until you reach Trent 4. Take a left on Trent and follow about two miles 5. Take a right on Park Road heading North 6. Follow Park Road North until it ends at the river 7. Go left one block and thru the gates to boat house 8. Once through the gates follow gravel road until you reach the boat house.
Next up for the Cougars: WSU will head to Portland, Sunday, Oct. 28 to compete in the Portland Fall Classic, before closing at the fall season at the Head of the Lake in Seattle, Sunday, Nov. 4.
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