Rowing Returns to California for Competition

April 11, 2007

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State University rowing team travels to Redwood Shores, Calif. for the Windermere Classic...competition will take place Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15...Stanford Cardinal hosts the race with Windermere...competition features 10 collegiate teams from around the nation, as well as masters and junior crews...Cougars race No. 12 Central Florida and No. 15 Tennessee in separate races on Saturday, and face No. 13 Virgina on Sunday.

2007 Coaching Staff: WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere is in her fifth year with the women's rowing team and last year was named the coach of the year for the CRCA West Region and the Pacific-10...LaRiviere is joined by assistant coach Tara Medina, novice coach Christina Meyer and graduate assistant Paul Hawksworth...first year assistant Medina comes to WSU from Michigan where she coached and competed...Meyer enters her second season as novice coach, and previously coached at Harvard...Hawksworth coached club and collegiate teams in British Columbia.

An Elite Line-Up: Nine of the 10 varsity eight crews competing in the Windermere Classic and ranked...field features No. 5 California, No.7 Stanford, No. 8 UCLA, No. 12 Central Florida, No. 13 Virginia, No. 14 WSU, No. 15 Tennessee, No. 16 Notre Dame, and No. 19 Washington...Louisville received votes in the CRCA/U.S. Rowing poll but remains unranked.

Previously at Redwood Shores: Last year, the Cougar varsity eight defeated UCF, Tennessee and Clemson...on day one, WSU varsity eight posted the fastest time of the day while the second varsity eight captured the widest margin of victory, defeating UCF by 25 seconds...Cougar crews completed the two-day event with a total of nine wins.

CRCA/U.S. Rowing Varsity Eight Top-20(1st place votes)

1. Brown (13)2. USC (10)3. Ohio State4. Yale (1)5. California6. Harvard7. Stanford8. UCLA9. Princeton10.Minnesota11.Michigan12.Central Florida13.Virginia14.Washington State15.Tennessee16.Notre Dame17.Oregon State18.Wisconsin19.Washington20.Michigan State

Polls Friendly to Cougs: WSU is ranked 14th in this week's Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/U.S. Rowing Varsity Eight Top-20 poll...Cougars move up five spots in poll after last weeks victory over Washington.Pac-10 Highly Ranked: The Pac-10 Conference has all seven of its varsity eight crews ranked in the CRCA/U.S. Rowing Varsity Eight Top-20 poll, the most of any conference...also well represented in the rankings are the Big-10 with five and the Ivy League, which has four ranked teams.

2006 Stellar Year for Cougar Rowing: Last year, WSU rowing had the best finish for any women's athletic program in school the 2006 Division I NCAA Championships all three varsity boats had top five finishes...Cougars earned a fourth-place team standing...fourth appearance in five years at the NCAA Championships for the rowing program.

Cougars Claw Canines: Last week WSU's varsity eight claimed a third straight victory over UW...Cougars finished with a time of 6:47.47, more than five seconds ahead of the Huskies...WSU second varsity eight also came out ahead of UW on the Snake River course...only the fourth victory over the Huskies in the history of WSU rowing.

Varsity Eight Line-up: Kelly O'Brien (cox), Sarah Waterfield, Tiana Rodriquez, Carey Homan, Kim Behrends Amber McKnight, Monica Teague, Sarah Lende, Lina Brazinskaite.

Next Week: WSU takes a break from competition next weekend...back in action April 28, at Oregon State.