Rowing Launches Fall Season at 42nd Annual Head of the Charles

Oct. 17, 2006

What's Happening This Week: The Cougars will head to Boston to take part in the 42nd annual Head of the Charles Regatta...this is the third consecutive year WSU has competed in the event...varsity eight crew will compete Sunday, Oct. 22nd while second, third and fourth varsity eight as well as novice boats will travel to Spokane to compete against Gonzaga.The 2006 Head of the Charles: WSU will race at 1:26 p.m. Pacific in the women's championship eights race...Cougar varsity eight will start 10th in a field of 46 which includes the US and Canadian national teams, as well as Princeton, the defending NCAA varsity eight course is just over five kilometers...race is a 'head' format with boats starting at 15 second interval and competing against the clock and each other.About the Head of the Charles: The Head of the Charles, now in its 42nd year, is the world's largest two-day rowing event...original event was held in 1965 by the Cambridge Boat Club...each year, the event welcomes 7,000 competitors from 500 top-tier college and club teams...event also attracts over 300,000 visitors and spectators...more information regarding the event, including results, can be found at

Last Year at the Charles: The Cougars finished 10th last year at the 41st annual Head of the Charles Regatta and were the seventh fastest collegiate crew...WSU finished the race in a time of 17:30.966, less than a minute behind first place US Rowing.

Head of the Charles Lineup: Kelly O'Brien (coxswain), Sarah Waterfield (stroke), Tiana Rodriquez, Becca Gibson, Kim Behrends, Carey Homan, Lina Brazinskaite, Sarah Lende, Catherine Watt.

WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Head of the Charles: 'The Head of the Charles is the premier fall regatta in North America. We have an opportunity to race some of the best crews in the country as well as several national team crews. It will be great to get out there and race.'

Opening at Gonzaga: Gonzaga will play host the second, third, and fourth WSU varsity eight boats Saturday, Oct. 21...will also be the first race of the fall season for the novice...last fall, the Cougars finished first and second against the Bulldogs...races will take place at the Gonzaga Boathouse on the Spokane River.

Coaching Staff: Jane LaRiviere enters her fifth year as WSU women's rowing head coach...Cougars earned a program-best fourth place at the NCAA National Championships last year under LaRiviere...she is joined by assistant Tara Medina, novice coach Christina Meyer, and graduate assistant Paul Hawksworth...Medina is in her first year as an assistant...she joins WSU women's rowing after coaching one year at Michigan...Meyer is entering her second year as the novice coach...Hawksworth is a first year graduate assistant.

On Tap for Next Week: The Cougars will host the Gonzaga Bulldogs Saturday, Oct. 29 in the Head of the Snake Regatta...located at the Wawawai Landing...race time has not been determined.

Directions to Gonzaga's Boathouse:Head to Spokane, take I-90 East bound through SpokaneEXIT at Broadway (# 286)Turn RIGHT at the top of the rampTurn LEFT onto Park St (turn just before 7-11)Keep going to the River and then turn LEFT onto a gravel roadContinue driving on this road, it will cut across a field and go through a gate.

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