Cougar Rowing Squad Travels To Boston For The Head Of The Charles

Oct. 19, 2004

What's Happening This Week: The Cougars will travel to Massachusetts Sunday to compete in the Head of the Charles Regatta... the event takes place on the Charles River in Boston ... ...the lone race that the Cougars will participate in is scheduled to begin Sunday, Oct. 24 at 12:25 p.m., Pacific... the Cougars will race in the Championship eights against 38 other teams, including the US National team, Brown, which finished first at the NCAA Championships in May, and Yale, which finished second at the NCAAs... the races will be held in a 'head' format where the teams will race against each other and the clock, starting sequentially 15 seconds after each other

LaRiviere On This Weekend: 'I am excited about this race. We are just going to go to Boston to absorb and observe the racing. Being successful in our race would be icing on the cake.'

Varsity Eight Faces Stiff Competition: At this weekend's events, the Cougar varsity eight will face tough competition...out of the field of 39 crews competing in the Championship eights, 14 squads finished ranked in the top 25 in the final Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/US Rowing poll...the WSU varsity eight was ranked 17th in the poll that was released on May 19.

Cougar Varsity Eight Lineup: May Lundberg (coxswain), Jody Thomas (stroke), Amber McKnight, Casey Long, Sarah Waterfield, Angela Manson, Becca Gibson, Kasia Bloch, Lori Maricle (bow)

About the Head of the Charles: According to the event's website,, the Head of the Charles is the world's largest two-day rowing event...the original event was held in 1965 by the Cambridge Boat Club...each year, the event welcomes 7,000 competitors from 500 top tier college and club teams...the event also attracts over 300,000 visitors and spectators...more information regarding the event, including results, can be found at

Last Race Recap: The Washington State women's rowing team opened its fall season winning multiple races against Gonzaga last weekend at the Spokane River...the Cougar crews competed in three flights, each crew rowing once in each the first flight, the WSU varsity eight finished first, with the WSU second varsity eight and the Gonzaga varsity eight tying for the second flight, both WSU varsity eight and second varsity eight crews bested the times of the top two Gonzaga varsity the final flight, the varsity eight squad won its third race of the regatta, defeating the Bulldog varsity the varsity four race, the Cougar varsity four crews placed one-two while the Bulldog varsity four squads placed three-four.

Coaching Staff: LaRiviere begins her third season at the helm of the her first two years on the Palouse, LaRiviere has led WSU to its first two team bids to the NCAAs in school history...LaRiviere is assisted by Janey Charlton and Mike Stahlman...Charlton is in her third year with the rowing program and is entering her first as the head coach for the novice squad...Stahlman is beginning his first season as assistant coach for the Cougars.

On Tap for Next Week: Next week, the Cougars will return home to host the Head of the Snake at Wawawai Landing Friday, Oct. 29.

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