Novice Eight Defends Title At San Diego Crew Classic

April 6, 2003

SAN DIEGO - - The Washington State novice eight crew defended its title while the second varsity eight took second place and the varsity eight finished fifth in the Grand Finals of the San Diego Crew Classic, Sunday at Mission Bay.

In the varsity eight Jessop-Whittier Cup Grand Final, the Cougar line-up of Nicole Wright, Corrie McGrath, Erin Patterson, Emily Tribe, Naomi Turnbull, Emily Rains, Catherine Lortie, Tristen Curtis, Jamie Orth rowed a time of 6:52.62 en route to its fifth place finish. WSU - ranked No. 14 in the US Rowing/NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll - finished less than six seconds behind No. 7 USC for fourth place.

The race featured four crews ranked in the top seven in the nation according to the poll. With a time of 6:42.5, No. 4 California upset No. 1 Washington, which clocked a time of 6:42.58. No. 3 Stanford finished third, aforementioned No. 7 USC fourth while No. 19 Oregon State and No. 17 Texas captured sixth and seventh, respectively.

'I am pretty happy with their performance,' WSU Coach Jane LaRiviere said of the varsity eight. 'Obviously, I would like to finish a little higher but I think this is early in the season and we know exactly what we need to do to improve.'

The novice eight crew of Kelly Longman, Cora Fix, Amy Jo Hendershot, Shayna Morgan, Laura Griffin, Kasia Bloch, Daiva Tacionyte, Sharon Finney, and Emily Collins opened up the day's competition for WSU and did not disappoint.

The Cougars recorded a time of 7:01.7 on the 2000m course bettering Oregon State's 7:02.76. WSU was fourth after 500 meters but improved their position to third at 1000 meters and took the lead at the 1500-meter mark. In addition to OSU, the Cougars defeated UCLA, Washington, Texas and California to win the championship for the second consecutive year.

The second varsity eight line-up of Courtney Goodridge, Kelsey Wertzler, Devon Carroll, Carolyn Oury, Amber McKnight, Angela Manson, Audra Durfey, Lori Maricle, and Katie Dahlgren rallied to take second in its Grand Final.

WSU rowed a time of 6:50.08 to edge California by .07 for the runner-up position, just behind Washington's first place time of 6:48.8. WSU was fourth after 500 meters but recorded the fastest time in the ensuing 1000 meters to improve its position to third.

WSU found itself just over two tenths of a second behind Washington and less than a second and a half behind California heading into the final 500 meters. In that stretch, WSU clocked a time of 1:40.53 enabling the crew to overtake Cal, which recorded a time of 1:42.03, for second place. The Huskies posted a time of 1:39.58 in the final 500 meters to take the championship.

San Diego Crew Classic
Mission Bay, San Diego, Calif.
All races 2000m

Varsity Eight (Jessop-Whittier Cup):
1, California 6:42.5. 2, Washington 6:42.58. 3, Stanford 6:45.65. 4, USC 6:46.94. 5, Washington State 6:52.62. 6, Oregon State 6:54.06. 7, Texas 6:59.75.

Second Varsity Eight:
1, Washington 6:48.8. 2, Washington State 6:50.08. 3, California 6:50.15. 4, USC 7:03.30. 5, Stanford 7:05.52. 6, Minnesota 7:13.71.

Novice Eight:
1, Washington State 7:01.7. 2, Oregon State 7:02.76. 3, UCLA 7:03.82. 4, Washington 7:04.58. 5, Texas 7:07.55. 6, California 7:09.92.
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