Cougar Rowers Head To NCAA Championships
May 25, 2004
What's Happening This Week: The Washington State University women's rowing team travels to Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif., and will compete in the 2004 NCAA Division I Championships, May 28-30...second straight year the Cougars have been selected to compete at the national championships...last year, WSU finished 12th.
Championship Format: The NCAA Championships award a team title based on points earned by each team's boats, and boats can earn an individual national championship in their respective categories: first varsity eight, second varsity eight and first varsity four...schools that have only first varsity eight crews are not eligible for the team national championship.
The advancement formula for the first varsity eight begins in the three heats...top three boats in each heat advance directly to one of the two semifinals...remaining seven boats from all three heats then race in the repechage...top three crews in the repechage advance to fill the remaining spots in the semifinals...four boats that do not make it out of the repechage have one final race for places 13-16...In the semifinals, the top three boats from each race advance to the grand final for places 1-6...bottom three boats from each semifinal move to the petite final for places 7-12.
For the second varsity eight and first varsity four races there are two heats...top boat from each heat advances directly to the grand final...remaining boats compete in one of two repechages with the top two finishing boats advancing to the grand final...boats not advancing to the grand final are relegated to the petite final...See the chart below for the point breakdown determined by each boat's final finish.
The Competitors: The team championship competition consists of 12 schools...in addition to WSU, Brown, California, Harvard, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Princeton, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Yale will field a team consisting of a varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four boats...four schools, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas and USC will send just their varsity eight boat to the championships...the selection of teams for the NCAA Championships is determined by taking into account a large number of criteria...selection of teams and individual boats was based on eligibility and availability of student-athletes; regional championship results; regional rankings; late-season performance; head-to-head results; results against teams/boats already selected; results against common opponents and results against regionally ranked teams/boats...one team from each of the five regions was selected and the remaining seven teams were selected at-large.
Ticket Information: Tickets can be purchased by calling (916) 278-2222...prices for tickets are $5 Friday and $10 Saturday and Sunday for adults, and $3 Friday and $5 Saturday and Sunday for youth and seniors...a three-day pass is $20 for adults and $10 for seniors and youth...heats for Division I teams begin at 8 a.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the NCAA Championships: 'The varsity eight used up eight of their nine lives at the Pac-10 Championships,' WSU Rowing Head Coach Jane LaRiviere said. 'We are indebted to the second varsity team for its spectacular performance at the Pac-10 Championships and for our NCAA bid. Our team has one more weekend of racing to make its mark.'
Varsity Eight Nationally Ranked: The Cougars are No. 17 in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll...WSU is one of four Pacific-10 Conference teams in the poll... California (No. 1), Washington (No. 6), and USC (No. 12 ) complete the quartet...also in the poll is Tennessee at No. 10...the Cougars defeated the Lady Vols at Wawawai Landing, April 24.
Washington State's Line-Up for the NCAA Championships
WSU Duo Earns Region Honors: Senior Erin Patterson (Sumner) and sophomore Jody Thomas (Blenheim, New Zealand), both earned All-West Region honors from the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association...Patterson was named first team and Thomas earned second team accolades...both are members of the Cougars' varsity eight boat.
Cougars Coming Off Historic 2003 Season: WSU experienced a memorable 2003 season as the Cougars earned their first team bid to the NCAA Championships...Cougars finished 12th at the NCAAs headed by a top 10 finish from the varsity four...varsity eight led the Cougars at the Pac-10 Championships with a third place effort...novice eight achieved success as well by winning the San Diego Crew Classic for the second consecutive year.