Rowers Return to Wawawai to Battle No. 16 Stanford

April 19, 2006

What's Happening This Week: Washington State's women's rowing team will be on the prowl on its home course of Wawawai Landing for a dual regatta against begins Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m.

Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on Stanford: 'They've got some phenomenal athletes in their boat. We have some really good athletes, and we have some really good team chemistry. It's going to take a real united effort to look after the business this weekend.'

Close, but No Cardinal: WSU and Stanford have raced at the same event twice this spring, but have not directly faced the San Diego Crew Classic, April 1-2, after competing in separate preliminary heats, WSU finished third in the grand final and Stanford won the petite final, good for a seventh-place overall finish...the teams also competed at the Stanford Invitational, April 14-15, but did not race each other.

Varsity Eight Line-up: Kelly O'Brien (cox), Sarah Waterfield, Tiana Rodriquez, Amber McKnight, Kasia Bloch, Laura Griffin, Jody Thomas, Sarah Lende, Elizabeth Rand.

Pac-10 Highly Ranked: The Pacific-10 Conference has six of its seven varsity eight crews ranked in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/U.S. Rowing Varsity Eight Top-20 poll, the most of any conference...also well represented in the rankings are the Big-10 and the Ivy League with five teams each.

CRCA/U.S. Rowing
Varsity Eight Top-20

(1st place votes)
1. Princeton (24)
2. California
3. Southern California
4. Yale
5. Ohio State
6. Michigan State
7. Washington State
8. Michigan
9. Brown
10. Dartmouth
11. Virginia
12. Harvard
13. Notre Dame
14. Washington
15. UCLA
16. Stanford
17. Minnesota
18. Wisconsin
19. Tennessee
20. Central Florida

Next Week: WSU will race in the second spring regatta at Wawawai Landing, Saturday, April 29, facing off against Oregon State.

Cougars Claw Canines: WSU's varsity eight defeated UW for the second time this season, Saturday, April 8...Cougars marked a 6:45.0 finish en route to a two-second victory over the Huskies...first victory in Cougar history over the Huskies in a spring regatta...WSU also defeated UW November 13 at the Head of the Lake...victories mark the second and third times in WSU history the Cougar varsity eight has defeated UW's best boat.

Directions to the WSU Boathouse at Wawawai Landing: From Highway 195 (north or south), turn west on Wawawai Road at the blinking yellow on Wawawai Road for 10 miles, the road will end at a stop sign...turn right and drive six miles down into the canyon...go past the county park on the right and over the railroad tracks...the boathouse is a cinderblock building on the right...park on the side of the road or in the parking lot south of the boathouse.
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