No. 7 Washington State Welcomes Beavers to Pullman

April 26, 2006

What's Happening This Week: Washington State's women's rowing team races Oregon State for rights to the Winchell begins Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m. at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River, just outside of Pullman.

Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on Oregon State: 'I have a lot of respect for (OSU Head Coach) Charlie Owen and I had a great time being his assistant coach for eight years. I'm especially looking forward this week because Oregon State was leading at the 1,000 meter mark when they raced Washington and Washington State. So, they're not somebody we can overlook.'

Bettering the Beavers: LaRiviere spent eight years coaching at Oregon State as the recruiting coordinator and women's freshman and novice coach...helped coach the program to third place overall finishes at the Pacific-10 Championships in 1998, 2001 and 2002, and the Beavers' varsity eight boat to 13th and 15th place finishes at the NCAA Championships in 1999 and 2000, respectively.

The Hardware: WSU and Oregon State will compete in the sixth annual race for the Winchell Cup...Beavers have captured the trophy only once, in 2002...cup named for former WSU novice coach Jody Winchell...trophy is awarded to team champion of the day...varsity eight boats compete in the fourth annual race for the Tammy Crawford Trophy, named for the head coach of the Cougars from 1990-2002...teams began competing for the trophy in 2003...WSU has won all three races since.

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

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

(1st place votes)
1. Princeton (23)
2. California
3. Southern California
4. Yale
5. Ohio State
6. Michigan State
7. Washington State
8. Michigan
9. Brown
10. Dartmouth
11. Washington
12. Notre Dame
13. Harvard
14. Virginia
15. UCLA
16. Stanford
17. Minnesota
18. Wisconsin
19. Central Florida
20. Tennessee

Last Week: The Cougars took two of three races from Stanford at Wawawai Landing...varsity eight captured its sixth win of the spring...second varsity eight came away victorious...varsity four fell to the Cardinal.

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 at the Head of the Lake, Nov. 13.

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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