WSU Rowing Looks to Improve Against Beavers, Cardinal

April 25, 2007

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State University women's rowing team will travel to compete against No. 19 Oregon State and No. 17 is hosted by the Beavers and takes place Saturday, April 28 at Lowell Park in Eugene.

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.

Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on This Weekend's Competition: 'I think it's very, very important that we take this opportunity and make the most of it. Stanford beat us by five seconds at San Diego, and I think if we put together a good race then we can be very competitive with both teams. It has to be a good race. The whole Pac-10 is very tight this year besides USC, and it is anybody's game on any given day.'

Past Performance: LaRiviere spent eight years coaching at Oregon State as the recruiting coordinator and women's freshman and novice coach...helped coach the program to third place overall finishes at the Pacific-10 Championships in 1998, 2001 and 2002, and the Beavers' varsity eight boat to 13th and 15th place finishes at the NCAA Championships in 1999 and 2000, respectively.

Pac-10 Highly Ranked: The Pac-10 Conference has six of its varsity eight crews ranked in the CRCA/U.S. Rowing Varsity Eight Top-20 poll, the most of any conference...USC is ranked No. 1 in the most recent poll, followed by No. 11 Washington, No. 12 California, No. 14 UCLA, No. 17 Stanford, and No. 19 Oregon State...WSU is not ranked for a second consecutive week but is top team receiving votes...also well represented in the rankings are the Ivy League with five and the Big-10, 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.

Last Time Out: The Cougar varsity four and second varsity eight crews had strong showings Saturday, April 14, at the Windermere Classic in Redwood Shores, Calif...varsity four posted wins over Central Florida and Tennessee...second varsity eight came away victorious against UCF...varsity eight fell in all three races...WSU had last weekend, April 21 and 22, off from competition.

Championship Season Begins: The WSU women don't compete again until the Pac-10 Rowing Championships, May 13...takes place in Gold River, Calif...Cougars compete for a chance to race at the NCAA championships at the end of May.

Directions to Boathouse at Eugene: Take I-5 South past Eugene.Take Exit 188 (Hwy 58).Go to milepost 13 (white covered bridge).Take a left.Go into town and take a left at the second intersection.Lowell Park is on the left about a quarter mile down.Turn left in park entrance.First gravel road right leads to boathouse.