WSU Returns Home To Host The Annual Head Of The Snake

Oct. 26, 2004

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State University women's rowing team takes on Gonzaga, Friday, Oct. 29 in a scrimmage at Wawawai Landing...the Cougar varsity eight, second varsity eight, third varsity eight and novice teams will be racing against the Bulldogs...all crews will be racing in a five kilometer race...the course will mimic that of the Head of the Lake, a regatta in which the Cougars are preparing to participate in on Nov. 14...on the men's side, the Gonzaga crew will take on the WSU men's club rowing squad.

Last Race Recap: The Washington State varsity eight traveled to Boston to compete in the Head of the Charles...the Cougars placed 17th overall and 14th against collegiate competitors in the Championship Eight race...the Cougars finished in the middle of the 42-crew field which included the US National Team, the Canadian National Team and the defending varsity eight NCAA Champions, Brown...the ASR Nereus team, a selection of Dutch National Team members, took first place with Princeton University and Yale crews rounding out the top three...the Cougar varsity eight line up was May Lundberg (coxswain), Jody Thomas (stroke), Amber McKnight, Casey Long, Sarah Waterfield, Angela Manson, Becca Gibson, Kasia Bloch and Lori Maricle (bow).

Coaching Staff: Jane 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 the Cougs: The Cougars will take a weekend off before returning to action Saturday Nov. 13 and Sunday Nov. 14...WSU will wrap up its fall season racing in the Pairs Head Race and the Head of the Lake on the Montlake Cut in Seattle.

Directions to the WSU Boathouse at Wawawai Landing: From Highway 195 (north or south), turn west on Wawawai Road at the blinking yellow on Wawawai Road for 10 miles, the road will end at a stop sign...turn right and drive six miles down into the canyon...go past the county park on the right and over the railroad tracks...the boathouse is a cinderblock building on the right...park on the side of the road or in the parking lot south of the boathouse.