Cougar Rowing Heads to Portland to Compete in the Portland Fall Classic
Oct. 24, 2012
Varsity Rowing Travels to Portland for the Weekend: Fresh off of a strong showing at the Head of the Spokane regatta, the Washington State University varsity women's rowing team will head to Portland to compete in the Portland Fall Classic, Sunday, Oct. 28. The Cougars will launch one varsity eight, two junior varsity eights, one varsity four and two junior varsity four boats.
The 2012 Portland Fall Classic: The Portland Fall Classic begins at 8:30 a.m. with the first women's race starting at 8:36 a.m....the Cougars will face their first Pac-12 oppenent of the 2012-13 season as Oregon State is scheduled to compete in the Portland Fall Classic as well...other collegiate teams include Gonzaga, Lewis Clark College, Seattle University, University of Portland, University of Puget Sound and Willamette University...the race will take place on the Willamette River in downtown Portland...the Portland Fall Classic is a 5-kilometer race open to juniors, masters, open, championship and is put on by Station L Rowing Club & Rose City Rowing Club.
WSU Head Coach on the Portland Fall Classic Returning to the Willamette River: "Last year they had some bridge construction in downtown Portland so we raced at Vancouver Lake. Now we get to go back to the original course. It's pretty exciting with a lot of bridges and a fairly strong current. A lot of things can happen and I think it is going to be really fun."
Last Year in the Portland Fall Classic: The Cougars' varsity and junior varsity crews dowminated the Fall Classic last year, taking first place in every event they competed in...Washington State's varsity eight finished the 5-kilometer race in a time of 18:03, out-stroking Oregon State who finished with a time of 18:11...the junior varisty eight took first and third in their event with the A boat finishing in 18:19 and the B boat in 19:32, sandwiching Oregon State which finished with a time of 19:00...the Cougars dominated the varsity four and junior varsity four events, clocking in at times of 21:12 and 21:31, respectively.
Cougars' Last Outing: Last weekend WSU's varsity crew competed well at the Head of the Spokane against Gonzaga and garnered the fastest women's time of the day in the second and fourth flights...the Cougars raced three varsity eights, three novice eights, two varsity fours, and a pair...in the second flight, Washington State's varsity eight finished the five-kilometer head race in the fastest time of any women's boats at the regatta with a time of 19 minutes and 02 seconds 19:02, en route to beating the Gonzaga varsity eight, which posted a time of 19:06...the second varsity eight notched a time of 19:07, followed by the fourth varsity eight that finished in 20:30...the first novice eight competed in the second flight also, finishing the course in a time of 25:36...Washington State's first varsity four and second varsity four competed in a flight compiled of all men's boats and finished in times of 21:47 and 22:37, with both boats taking a ten second penalty for missing buoy...Washington State raced their second and third novice boats in the fifth flight...the third novice completed the event with a time of 29:28, while the second novice clocked in at 29:30.
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.
Next up for the Cougars: WSU will head to Seattle, Nov.4, to compete in the Head of the Lake in its last event of the fall season.
Fall Season Schedule:
Date Day Opponent Site
Sept. 29 Saturday Head of the Pend Oreille Priest River, Idaho
Oct. 20 Saturday Head of the Spokane (Gonzaga) Spokane, Wash.
Oct. 28 Sunday Porland Fall Classic Portland, Ore.
Nov. 4 Sunday Head of the Lake (Washington) Seattle, Wash.
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