Three Crews Advance to Grand Finals at Pac-10s

May 14, 2006

Rancho Cordova, Calif. - All of Washington States varsity crews advanced to the grand finals of the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, Sunday.

The eight-ranked Cougar varsity eight earned a second place finish with a time of 6:38.1, five seconds off the pace of Southern California. The Women of Troy pulled out to an early lead, and steadily outpaced the field, while WSU and Stanford battled for second place. The Cougar and Cardinal crews were even through the first 750 meters of the 2,000 meter course. WSU then pulled out to a three-seat lead by the 1,500 meter mark and held on for the runner-up position.

'The varsity eight's mental framework is exactly where it needs to be,' WSU head coach Jane LaRiviere said. 'I hope we come back and are really aggressive and get our best race out when we need it most.'

Members of the crew added that the race went smoothly.

'I don't think we could ask for a more perfect heat race,' senior Sarah Lende said. 'We started out hard, and then it just stayed calm and relaxed and internal.'

The second varsity eight also pulled for second in a race with little drama. The crew clocked-in at 6:41.8, seven seconds behind race-winner California, and five seconds ahead of third-place USC.

WSU's varsity four rallied from a slow start to take second in its race, as well. The crew narrowly held onto third place over Loyola Marymount and was down to UCLA and California when crossing the 500 meter mark. The boat then pushed for separation from LMU, and stroked past UCLA over the next 250 meters. By the finish line, WSU extended its lead to five seconds over the Bruins, but couldn't catch the Bears for the win.

The Cougar novices earned the fourth fastest time among novice boats, but did not make the grand final because they placed fourth in their heat, as well. LaRiviere was unfazed by the team not making the grand final.

'They had closer time to Gonzaga, Oregon State and Washington than they'd had so far this year,' she explained. 'In my mind, at the novice level it's all about improvement, and so I was pleased with their showing.'

LaRiviere was happy with the results of the morning heats.

'In terms of the NCAA qualifying boats, the two eights and the four, everything went as we had hoped it would. We finished strong and we definitely kept some in our tanks,' she said.

The Cougars return to action at 4 p.m. today for the grand finals of the Pac-10 Championships. For live results and streaming video of the finish line, visit

Pacific-10 Conference Championships
Rancho Cordova, Calif. (Lake Natoma)
May 14, 2006

Women's Varsity Eight - Heat 2
1. Southern California 6:33.7
2. Washington State 6.38.1
3. Stanford 6:40.6
4. Oregon State 6:43.4
5. Gonzaga 6:51.9
6. San Diego State 7:00.1

Women's Second Varsity Eight - Heat 2
1. California 6:34.4
2. WSU 6:41.8
3. USC 6:46.7
4, OSU 6:53.1
5. Sacramento State 7:02.0

Women's Varsity Four - Heat 1
1. California 7:09.9
2. WSU 7:19.0
3. UCLA 7:28.9
4. Loyola Marymount 7:34.6
5. SDSU 7:43.9

Novice Eight - Heat 2
1. Gonzaga 6:41.3
2. Washington 6:43.0
3. Oregon State 6:43.5
4. WSU 6:45.7
5. Sonoma State 7:25.7
6. California Davis 7:28.8

Men's Varsity Eight - Heat 2
1. Stanford 5:50.8
2. Washington 5:56.6
3. LMU 6:04.7
4. WSU 6:10.8
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