WSU Varsity Eight Places 17th at Head of Charles

Oct. 24, 2004

BOSTON, Mass. - The Washington State University's varsity eight crew garnered a 17th place finish, Sunday at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.

'I am very happy with our finish,' WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere said. 'It was a super exciting race and our crew handled themselves extremely well.'

In the Championship Eight race that included the US National Team, the Canadian National Team and the defending varsity eight NCAA Champions, Brown, the Cougars placed in the top half of the 42-boat field. The WSU squad of May Lundberg (coxswain), Jody Thomas (stroke), Amber McKnight, Casey Long, Sarah Waterfield, Angela Mason, Becca Gibson, Kasia Bloch, and Lori Maricle (bow), finished the 2.5 mile course with a time of 12:55.849, giving them a 17th finish overall and a 14th place finish out of the colligate competitors.

The ASR Nereus, a selection of Dutch National team members, took first place in the race, with the Princeton University and Yale crews rounding out the top three. US Rowing, the US National Team, finished the race barely beating out Virginia, to take fourth. Other notable finishes included an eighth place finish by Brown and a 10th place finish by London Training Center, the Canadian National Team.

According to the event's website,, the Head of the Charles Regatta is the world's largest two-day rowing event. The event welcomes 7,000 competitors from 500 top tier college and club teams and also attracts over 300,000 visitors and spectators.

For complete results of the Head of the Charles, visit the event website at

The Cougars will be back in action Friday, Oct. 29, when they return home to host the Head of the Snake at Wawawai Landing in Pullman.

Head of the CharlesBoston, MassOct. 24, 2004

Championship Eights: 1. ASR Nereus, 12:06.663; 2. Princeton, 12:08.312; 3. Yale, 12:14.516; 4. US Rowing, 12:17.609; 5. Virginia, 12:17.741; 17. Washington State, 12:55.849
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