Windy Wawawai Yields Success

Oct. 30, 2009

Pullman, Wash. - The Washington State University women's rowing team defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the seventh annual Head of the Snake Regatta Friday, Oct. 30. The Cougars finished four of seven boats ahead of Gonzaga, despite unfavorable weather conditions.

The Snake River lived up to the reputation Friday afternoon. Earlier this week Gonzaga men's head rowing coach Dan Gehn said the Snake River can either be a garden snake or a pit viper. Intermittent strong wind gusts caused whitecaps and forced a 45 minute delay of the first flight. Race officials nearly cancelled races, but the weather held out and all flights were able to proceed.

'Today it was a bit of a viper,' WSU head coach Jane LaRiviere said, 'but most important right now is just getting out and racing.'

All four WSU varsity boats finished in front of Gonzaga for the second straight week. The Cougar varsity eight finished with a time of 15:17.52, approximately 51 seconds faster than the Bulldog varsity eight. Second varsity eight and third varsity eight each finished approximately 30 seconds in front of their Gonzaga counterparts, finishing with times of 16:17.87 and 16:39.01 respectively. The WSU fourth varsity eight also finished with a faster time than the Bulldog third varsity eight, finishing with a time of 17:01.33.

Each of the three Cougar novice boats dropped its race against the Bulldogs. The WSU novice eight and second novice eight finished with times of 18:16.75 and 19:11.76 respectively. In the closest contest of the regatta, the Cougar third novice finished approximately five seconds in front of the Gonzaga third novice eight, finishing with a time of 19:20.77.

Next week the Cougars will travel to Seattle to compete in the Head of the Lake Regatta Sunday, Nov. 8. The event is hosted by Pac-10 rival Washington.

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