Cougars Sweep Beavers in Final Regatta Before Pac-10s

April 29, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State's varsity crews swept the Oregon State Beavers, Saturday at Wawawai Landing, earning the team rights to the Winchell Cup for the fourth consecutive season.

The seventh-ranked Cougar varsity eight clocked-in at 6:51.56, five seconds better than OSU's time of 6:56.60 in the race for the Tammy Crawford Trophy. WSU pulled out to an early lead, and didn't relinquish, despite a Beaver run at the end of the race. The win is the varsity eight's seventh first-place finish of the season.

'They put up a good fight. When we were racing these guys, somewhere around the last five-hundred meters they pushed into us a little bit,' WSU head coach Jane LaRiviere said.

WSU's second varsity eight pulled for the largest margin of victory on the day. The Cougar boat led the Beaver's by eight seconds at the halfway point, and continued expanding its lead, earning a 21 second victory. The crew finished in 7:55.50, the second fastest time of the day. The Cougar's third varsity eight battled to a third place finish the race.

The varsity four led by 10 seconds at the halfway mark of its race, and held the lead for an 11 second victory over the Beavers in the opening flight of the day.

'It's always tough to beat somebody you respect and like a lot,' LaRiviere said of the victories. 'I've spent a lot of time with (OSU Head Coach) Charlie (Owen). I have more fun beating other crews than beating his.'

OSU's novice boats swept the Cougars in three races: a novice eight, second novice eight, and varsity four.

Next up, the Cougars stroke into post-season action in Rancho Cordova, Calif. for the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, Sunday, May 14.

Washington State, Oregon State Dual Regatta
Wawawai Landing, Pullman, Wash.
Saturday, April 29, 2006

Varsity Eight
1. WSU 6:51.56

2. OSU 6:56.60

Second Varsity Eight
1. WSU 'A'6:55.50
2. OSU 7:16.32
3. WSU 'B' 7:19.97

Varsity Four
1. WSU 'A' 7:47.89

2. OSU 8:08.68
3. WSU 'B' 8:10.41

Novice Eight
1. OSU 7:05.87
2. WSU 7:13.88

Second Novice Eight
1. OSU 7:38.35
2. WSU 7:47.42

Novice Four
1. OSU 'A' 8:52.43
2. OSU 'B' 8:53.73
3. WSU 10:05.56

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