Cougars Head To Seattle To Compete In Opening Day Regatta
April 29, 2004
What's Happening This Week: The Washington State University women's rowing team, minus the varsity eight, will travel to Seattle to race at Montlake Cut against teams from throughout the Pacific-10 conference in the Opening Day Regatta, Saturday, May 1...event gets its name due to the fact that May 1 is the opening day of the yachting season...races begin at 10 a.m...Cougars' varsity eight will head to Victoria, B.C. for an exhibition race against the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia.
Varsity Eight Moves Up In Poll: The Cougars jumped one spot from No. 12 to No. 11 in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll...the move is due in large part to the Cougars victory over previously 11th ranked Tennessee last weekend...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 fifth consecutive week.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere's on This Weekend's Competition: 'Next to Head of the Charles in Boston, this probably has the most spectators of any regatta in North America. It will be nice to race again against Washington and Oregon State. I will be taking the varsity eight up to Victoria, B.C. to race sort of an all star team from the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia. This weekend for the most part is a tune-up before the Pac-10s Championships.'
Washington State's Line-Up for the Opening Day Regatta:Cougar Second Varsity Eight: May Lundberg (cox), Daniela Nachazelova, Amber McKnight, Kasia Bloch, Laura Griffin, Shayna Morgan, Debbie Curry, Lori Maricle, Audra Durfey
Cougar Novice Eight: Meghann Price (cox), Fritha Strand-Davern, Megan Schuyler, Casey Long, Sarah Lende, Jennifer Copeland, Kim Behrends, Michelle Morris, Becca Gibson
What Happened Last Weekend: The Cougars hosted Tennessee and Oregon State, Saturday, April 24 at their only home regatta of the spring season...Cougars, ranked No. 12 in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll, defeated No. 11 Tennessee and Oregon State in an important varsity eight match-up as the teams prepare for the Pac-10s and NCAA Championships...in the second varsity eight race, WSU was victorious as well.
Schedule for Opening Day Regatta:10:20 a.m. Women's varsity four.10:30 a.m. Women's open eight (mix of varsity and novice rowers).11:05 a.m. Women's novice eight.11:15 a.m. Women's Erickson Mem Cup (second varsity eight).
Directions to Montlake Cut:From 520 Westbound (toward Seattle) exit Montlake Boulevard. Turn Right (north).Follow Montlake past the stadium, past Hec Ed Pavillion.Just past cement overpass to Hec Ed, take second drive to right toward Parking Lot and Boathouse.From I-5, take Eastbound 520, exit Montlake Blvd. Turn left at stop light.Follow Montlake past the stadium, past Hec Ed Pavillion.Just past cement overpass to Hec Ed, take second drive to right toward Parking Lot and Boathouse.It's the third right from overpass, the first two rights are a parking area for the ticket office.
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...secondvarsity 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.
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