Cougars Begin Fall Season With Head Of The Spokane Regatta

Oct. 24, 2002

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State University women's rowing squad begins its fall rowing season at the Head of the Spokane Regatta against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Spokane River, Saturday, Oct. 26 at 9 a.m. This is the first regatta under new head coach Jane LaRiviere, who spent the last eight years at Oregon State University. The team also welcomes a new assistant coach Janey Charlton. LaRiviere is taking over a squad that finished third in the Pacific-10 Conference Championships and 13th at the NCAA Championships. Novice coach Vita Scaglione is looking to continue her success after coaching the novice team to a second place effort in the Pac-10 Championships and a first place finish in the San Diego Crew Classic.

WSU Coach Jane LaRiviere on facing Gonzaga: 'Our goal is to get out there and perform our best. Since I'm a new coach and the athletes are new to me as well we just have to take one day at a time. We need to set a nice high standard for the fall, so we can build on that in the winter.'

Schedule for Saturday's Regatta - WSU vs. Gonzaga:
Three Heats - Three Mile Course
8:00 coxswains meeting
9:00 Heat I V8-pairs, 2V8, 3V8 and N8, 2N8
10:00 Heat II V8, 2V8, 3V8, 3N8, 4N8
10:45 Heat III V8, 2V8, 3V8, N8, 2N8

Directions to Gonzaga's Boathouse:
From I-90 heading east from downtown Spokane.
Exit Argonne Ave.
Take a left onto Argonne - heading north.
Proceed through three traffic signals.
At fourth signal take a left onto Trent Ave - heading west.
Take a right onto Park Ave.
Proceed down Park until it ends and take one more left - follow this road all the way down to the boathouse.

Season Outlook: As the 2002-03 rowing season begins there is an air of excitement buzzing around the WSU boathouse. Great strides were made in the program last year with the varsity eight qualifying for the 2002 NCAA Championships for the first time since the event was officially sanctioned in 1997. A strong final burst in the season saw the varsity eight come home in third place at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships and then place 13th at the NCAA's.

Six returning seniors will lead the strong Cougar varsity squad this year, headed by Corrie McGrath (Marysville, Wash.). McGrath, a three-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-West region first team selection, capped off the 2002 season with a CRCA All-America second team honor. In addition, McGrath attended the 2002 national development camp and garnered first team All-Pac-10 honors.

Completing the senior contingent is Catherine Lortie (Cornwall, Ontario), Jamie Orth (Seattle, Wash.), Carolyn Oury (Vancouver, Wash.), Emily Rains (Kennewick, Wash.) and Naomi Turnbull (Winnipeg, Manitoba), who all bring a wealth of rowing experience and mental toughness to the team.

Also returning to the program from last year's varsity eight are juniors Emily Tribe (Melbourne, Australia) and Erin Patterson (Sumner, Wash.). Looking to make an impact this year are returning athletes, sophomore Dorothea Hunter (Berkeley, Calif.), and juniors Devon Carroll (Hana, Hawaii), Debbie Curry (Pullman, Wash.), Katie Dahlgren (Des Moines, Wash.), Audra Durfey (Pullman, Wash.) and junior coxswain Nicole Wright (Yacott, Wash.).

Newcomers to the team bring an international flavor to the WSU rowing environment this season. Not only do they add some real power to the program but they all bring with them high level racing experience. Amber McKnight (Auckland, New Zealand) is coming off a winter racing season in New Zealand as part of a victorious NZ U21 team that competed in the Youth Cup in Australia. Katarzyna Bloch (Wroclaw, Poland) is an experienced junior sculler from Poland with a strong family pedigree of rowing as both her parents have rowed at the Olympic level for Poland. Davia Tacionyte (Kaunas, Lithuania) is a former Lithuanian junior national team member.

Two talented American athletes round out the recruiting class, Courtney Goodridge (North Merrick, N.Y.) will make an immediate impact as a coxswain in the program and Emily Collins (Falls Church, Va.) brings her 2001 Crash B junior lightweight title with her as well as a second place finish in the Junior 2X at US Nationals this past summer.

The depth of the program is at an all-time high, with the past two seasons producing outstanding performances from the novice squad. In 2002, the novice eight defeated UW three times, along the way winning the novice eight at the San Diego Crew Classic and placing second in a photo finish race at Pac-10's. In 2001 the novice eight took the Pac-10 title.

Moving up from the very successful novice program last year are rowers Laura Barnes (Ellensburg, Wash.), Tristen Curtis (Monroe, Wash.), Angela Manson (Battle Ground, Wash.), Lori Maricle (Bellingham, Wash.), Rosy Miller (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho), Jennifer Strickling (Orting, Wash.), Kelsey Wertzler (Portland, Ore.) and coxswain Maryann Lundberg (Brush Prairie, Wash.). The success they experienced last year under coach Vita Scagilone will only help lift the standard of the whole program.

Under the guidance of new head coach, Jane LaRiviere, the Cougars are looking to surpass their results from the past season and perform strongly in Pac-10 competition, with the ultimate aim of qualifying a full team at the 2003 NCAA Championships. LaRiviere will be assisted by second year novice coach Scaglione and first year assistant coach Janey Charlton.
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