No Fooling Around: Both Varsity Crews Advance to Finals

April 1, 2006

SAN DIEGO - Washington State women's rowing advanced two crews to the grand finals on the first day of the San Diego Crew Classic, Saturday.

The second varsity eight stroked to the fasted overall time in its class (6:36:60), and bested its closest heat competitor by five seconds. The crew will compete in the grand final for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy Sunday at 10:40 a.m.

The varsity eight finished second in its heat, and raced to the third-fastest time overall in the Jessop-Whittier Cup preliminaries. The crew clocked-in at 6:25:45, less than two seconds behind heat winner and defending national champion California (6:23:80), which rowed to the fastest overall time in the varsity eight prelims.

Four Pacific-10 Conference crews are among the six-team varsity eight grand final field. In addition to California and WSU, Southern California and UCLA will also compete for the Whittier Cup, Sunday at 11:45 a.m.

The Cougar novice crew finished second in its heat, as well. However, its time is ninth overall in the preliminaries, leaving the team out of Sunday's grand final race for the Seaworld Trophy. The team will race in Sunday's petite final at 8:20 a.m.

WSU crews also raced in Seattle at the Husky Invitational, highlighted by a second place by the varsity four.

For complete results from San Diego, including live updates from Sunday's races, visit www.crewclassic.org.

San Diego Crew Classic, San Diego (Mission Bay)

Whittier Cup Prelim A
Varsity Eight+

1. California 6:23:80
2. WSU 6:25:45
3. UCLA 6:27:13
4. Northeastern 6:32:34
5. Texas 6:34:00
6. Purdue 6:57:79

Hungness Trophy Prelim C
Second Varsity Eight+

1. WSU 6:36:60
2. UCLA 6:41:97
3. Texas 6:50:94
4. SDSU 6:53:48
5. St. Joseph's 7:07:43
6. Santa Clara 7:22:40

Seaworld Trophy Prelim D
Novice Eight+

1. Stanford 6:57:80
2. WSU 7:10:42
3. Loyola 7:37:69
4. Colorado 7:51:89
5. Sonoma St. 'B' 8:01:40
6. Chapman 'B' 8:27:27

Husky Invitational, Seattle (Montlake Cut)

Varsity Eight+
1. UW 6:19.3
2. UW 'B' 6:33.8
3. WSU 7:17.9

Varsity Four+
1. UW 7:25.7
2. WSU 7:29.2
3. UW 'B' 7:37.8
4. WSU 'B' 7:51.5

Novice Eight +
1. UW 7:03.3
2. UW 'B' 7:26.1
3. WSU 7:57.7

Novice Four+
1. UW 8:10.4
2. WSU 8:20.8

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