Washington State Women's Rowing Prepares for the Head of the Lake
Oct. 31, 2012
Cougars in Seattle to Finish Fall Season: The Washingtion State University women's rowing team looks to ride the momentum of its success in Portland this past weekend in its final fall event. The team travels to Seattle for the Head of the Lake Sunday, Nov. 4 with hopes of closing out the fall season on a high note.
The 2012 Head of the Lake: The 2012 Head of the Lake, hosted by the University of Washington and the Lake Washington Rowing Club, will begin Sunday, Nov. 4 at 8 a.m with the first women's event at 8:06....the race is in "head" format, in which the boats start at intervals, racing both the clock and each other...the Head of the Lake is a 3-mile race open to juniors, masters, open, championship, and collegiate crews ...the Head of the Lake poses a unique twist, as the race takes place on both Lake Washington and Lake Union, with the Montlake Cut linking the two lakes...the Cougars will compete against a number of colleges this weekend, including the University of Washington, Seattle University, Lewis & Clark College, Camosun College, Pacific Lutheran University, Portland State University, University of Montana, University of Oregon, and the University of Victoria
Last Time at the Head of the Lake: Last year at the Head of the Lake, the Cougars launched three varsity eights and notched a second-place finish in the championship women's varsity eight event...the University of Washington was the only school to post a faster time in the event...this finish marked the fourth-consecutive year WSU took second place in the championship women's varsity eight race...the Cougars' JV boat performed well and defeated Washington, as well as the University of Victoria, Western Washington, Lewis & Clark, Pacific Lutheran, Portland State, and Seattle University...the third varsity eight placed second in their event...the varsity four also out-stroked Washington, though they did not win the event...the last time the Cougars won the Head of the Lake regatta was Nov. 11, 2007 defeating the University of Victoria, Gonzaga University, Oregon State University, and California State - Sacramento to round out the top five.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Head of the Lake: "It is always fun to go to the Montlake Cut. They have wonderful rowing support in Seattle and there are a ton of Cougar fans over there cheering for Washington State. A lof of parents, family and friends show up to make it a really great atmosphere. It is a big race and I am hoping for calm waters and great weather."
Varsity Portland Performance: This past weekend, the Cougars had a strong showing in Portland at the Portland Fall Classic Sunday...WSU finished with first-place finishes in every event they competed in, posting the top women's varsity eight, junior varsity eight, varsity four, and junior varsity four times in the regatta...Washington State also defeated its first Pac-12 opponent of the 2012-13 season, posting first-place victories over Oregon State on three occasions...Sunday, at the Portland Fall Classic, the Cougars raced three varsity eights and two varsity fours...the Cougars clinched the top women's time of the course in 17:23, en route to the varsity eight edging the Beavers by seven seconds...the varsity eight also defeated Gonzaga for the third time this season.
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.
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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