Cougar Rowing Prepares For Pac-10 Championships

May 10, 2007

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What's Happening This Week: Washington State travels to Gold River, Calif., for the 2007 Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championships...event will be held on Lake Natoma, Sunday, May 13...competition begins at 8 a.m. with varsity four heats followed by novice eight heats at 8:40 a.m., second varsity eight heats at 9 a.m. and varsity eight heats at 9:20 resumes at 2 p.m. with the varsity four petite final and continues through the varsity eight grand final at 4 p.m.

The Field: The Cougars will compete against the six schools in the Pac-10 as well as UC Davis, Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's and San Diego State...WSU is among others receiving votes in the current Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing top 20 varsity eight poll...other six Pac-10 schools are ranked led by No. 1 USC...California is No. 8, followed by No. 10 UCLA, No. 16 Washington, No. 18 Stanford and No. 20 Oregon State.

Scoring: Points are scored in varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and novice eight competitions toward the Pac-10 Championship...varsity eight winner scores 40 points with each subsequent place reduced by four points (i.e. 36 for second, 32 for third, etc.)...second varsity eight winner scores 20 points, with each subsequent place receiving two points less...varsity four and novice eight winners score 10 points and each subsequent place receiving one point less...winner earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn., May 25-27...novice eight does not compete at nationals.

WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere: 'We are going to have to row our best in order to return to the NCAA Championships.'

Championship Results: Live scoring of the 2007 Pacific-10 Rowing Championships will be available at

2006 Pac-10 Championships: Washington State finished second to eventual national champion California...Cougars' varsity eight and varsity four were second to California...second varsity eight was third behind California and UCLA...novice eight was seventh...effort earned WSU a trip to the NCAA Championships where the Cougars placed fourth, the highest finish by a women's program in school history.

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