Women's Rowing to Finish Fall Season at Head of the Lake

Nov. 6, 2008

What's Happening This Week: The Cougars will travel to Seattle for the 28th annual Head of the Lake Regatta Sunday, Nov. 9.

The 2008 Head of the Lake: Races will begin at 8 a.m...the three-mile regatta is hosted by the Lake Washington Rowing Club and is the largest Fall regatta west of the Mississippi...the Head of the Lake Regatta starts on Lake Union, continues east through the Montlake Cut to Lake Washington and finishes near the UW's Conibear Shellhouse...this year's course is known as the 'classic course' used most often in the regatta's 27 years.

WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on Head of the Lake: 'If we do the best we are capable of on Sunday, it will be a leap-off point for winter break.'

About the Head of the Lake: With unpredictable Seattle weather, there exists each year the possibility of the course being shortened due to inclement weather, as was the case in 2007, or of the race being cancelled as was the case in 2006...notable teams competing in this year's regatta include Gonzaga and cross-state rival Washington...the event attracts more than 2,500 rowers each year.

Last Year at the Head of the Lake: The Cougar varsity eight boat took first in the open 8+ race, finishing two seconds ahead of University of Victoria...second varsity eight won the Collegiate JV 8+ race, and the third varsity eight placed second in the Collegiate 8+ 3V race, less than two seconds behind Gonzaga...last year's Head of the Lake experienced poor weather conditions, causing the course to be shortened and several boats to withdraw from competition.

Last Time Out: WSU won four of six races against Gonzaga at the Head of the Snake...varsity eight boat beat the Bulldogs' varsity eight for second-straight week, finishing the windy course with a time of 20:29.01...second varsity eight, third varsity eight, and third novice eight also claimed victories.

Coaching Staff: Jane LaRiviere is in her seventh year as head coach of the WSU women's rowing program...the Cougars have raced in four NCAA Championships under LaRiviere, including a ninth place finish in 2008...she is joined by assistant coach Tara Medina, novice coach Corrie McGrath, and graduate assistant Crystal Culp...Medina is in her third year as an assistant, after coaching one year for Michigan...McGrath is in her first year coaching at WSU, after coaching stints at Clemson and the University of Central Florida...Culp comes to WSU after coaching in Canada and Michigan for the past three years.

Head of the Lake Lineups:Women's Collegiate/Open Eight: Corina Chilibeck (cox), Amy Brevick, Karin Brevick, Irena Neffeova, Christina Kinck, Kyann Martin, Natasha Ostopovich, Monica Teague, Erica Lewis.

Women's Collegiate Junior Varsity Eight: Lexi Ryman (cox), Phillippa Summerville, Erika Jorgensen, Michelle Mindemann, Katie Wollstein, Justine Galbraith, Tereza Kocianova, Carly Farris, Danya Levesque.

Women's Collegiate Third Varsity Eight: Kasey Heil (cox), Emily Hilton, Senia Rauma, Annie Eastwood, Liz Beck, Stephanie Doane, Amanda Kyle, Sarah Arndt, Johanna Gerig.

Directions to Head of the Lake: From 520 Westbound (toward Seattle) exit Montlake Boulevard.Turn Right (north). Follow Montlake past the stadium, past Hec Ed Pavillion.Just past cement overpass to Hec Ed, take second drive to right toward Parking Lot and BoathouseFrom I-5, take Eastbound 520, exit Montlake Blvd. Turn left at stop lightFollow Montlake past the stadium, past Hec Ed Pavillion.Just past cement overpass to Hec Ed, take second drive to right toward Parking Lot and BoathouseIt's the third right from overpass, the first two rights are a parking area for the ticket office.

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