Cougar Varsity Four Rows Past Central Florida and Tennessee

April 14, 2007

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. - The Washington State University women's varsity four posted victories over Central Florida and Tennessee at the Windermere Real Estate Rowing Classic, Saturday.

Against UCF, Washington State opened up a six second lead with 500 meters to before sprinting to the finish to end the 2,000 meter course in 7:58.78. The Golden Knights were over 12 seconds behind at 8:10.93.

The Cougars had to come from behind to defeat Tennessee in their afternoon race. Tennessee led by three seconds after 500 meters. WSU trimmed about a second off the deficit in by the midpoint, and took a less than one second lead at the 1,500 meter mark. The Cougars then pulled away for a four second victory in a time of 8:19.83. Tennessee crossed the line in 8:23.83.

Washington State's second varsity eight split its races, defeating UCF before losing to Tennessee. The Cougars lead the Golden Knights by four seconds at 1,000 meters and by seven seconds with 500 meters to go. WSU finished in 7:13.09 followed by UCF in 7:19.84.

The Lady Vols built a second six second lead over the Cougars with 500 meters to go, then outstroked WSU to the line for a victory in 7:39.35 while the Cougars posted a 7:55.16.

'I was pleased with the way the second varsity eight and varsity four raced and with the progress both boats are making,' Cougar Head Coach Jane LaRiviere said. 'The varsity eight next get the result we wanted, but I still think it's possible for us to make progress.'

In the varsity eight races, both UCF and Tennessee defeated Washington State. The No. 12 Golden Knights and No. 14 Cougars battled closely throughout their race. UCF held a three second advantage through 1,500 meters before adding some distance for a victory in 6:56.55 to the Cougars 7:02.37.

The No. 15 Lady Vols led by three seconds over the Cougars through 500 meters and maintained their lead at the halfway point. The advantage grew to six seconds at the 1,500 meter mark and Tennessee pulled way for a victory in 7:06.18, followed by WSU in 7:15.63.

In other action, UCF's novice eight rowed by WSU in 7:46.22. The Cougars finished in 8:00.16

Sunday, the Cougars will face Virginia in varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four races. Virginia's varsity eight boat is No. 13 in the nation. For live scoring, log onto

Windermere Real Estate Rowing ClassicRedwood Shores, Calif. (2,000 meters, 20 mph crosswinds)

Women's Varsity 8+UCF 6:56.55, WSU 7:02.37Tennessee 7:06.18, WSU 7:15.63

Women's Second Varsity 8+WSU 7:13.09, UCF 7:19.84Tennessee 7:39.35, WSU 7:55.16

Women's Varsity 4+WSU 7:58.78, UCF 8:10.93WSU 8:19.83, Tennessee 8:13.83

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