Cougars Travel To Oregon State To Take On Beavers

March 22, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. - What's Happening This Week: The Washington State University women's rowing team will travel to take on a Pacific-10 Conference rival, the Beavers of Oregon State in a dual regatta...the races will take place at Lowell Park in Eugene Saturday March will being at 8:30 a.m...the Cougar varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and novice crews will compete...races will take place 15 minutes apart...the racing order is varsity fours, second novice eights, novice eights, varsity eights, second varsity eights and novice fours.

What Happened Last Week: WSU took on the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Silver Lake... the Cougs took three of four races from the Zags...the varsity eight crew took the first race of the day, 7:28.1, with WSU second varsity eight finishing second, 7:37, and the Bulldogs' second varsity eight finishing third, the first flight of fours, the Cougars finished first and second, with times of 8:29.4 and 8:45.4, Gonzaga's varsity four 'A' crew came in third rowing a time of 8:87.7...WSU V4 'C' took the victory in the second flight of fours with a time of 8:59.7... Gonzaga's V4 'B' and V4 'C' placed second and third, finishing with times of 9:01.3 and the novice race, the Bulldogs were victorious completing the 2,000 meter course in a time of 8:20.1, the two WSU novice crews finished the race with times of 8:31.5 and 9:00.1.

Varsity Eight Ranked in Preseason Poll: The Cougars are tied for the No. 18 position in the US Rowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Preseason Poll...WSU is tied with Boston University...the Cougars are one of five Pac-10 teams in the poll...California (No. 7), Washington (No. 9), Stanford (No. 13) and USC (No. 14) were the other conference teams...Princeton holds the No. 1 position in the poll...the first regular season poll will be released March 30.

Cougars Travel to Boston: At the Head of the Charles in October, the Cougar varsity eight faced tough competition...WSU raced 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...out of the field of 39 crews that competed in the Championship eights, 14 squads finished ranked in the top 25 in the final 2004 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/US Rowing poll...the WSU varsity eight was ranked 17th in the poll that was released on May the race, the Cougars finished in the top half of the 42-boat field in the Championship eight race...WSU's crew finished the 2.5 mile course with a time of 12:55.849...the Cougs finished the race 17th overall and 14th out of all collegiate competitors... ASR Nereus, a selection Dutch National team members, won the race with Princeton University and Yale rounding out the top three...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

2003-04 Season Recap: For a second consecutive year, the Cougars earned a team bid to the NCAAs ... WSU earned its NCAA team bid following multiple strong finishes throughout the season, including a second place finish by the second varsity eight at the Pacific-10 Championships...WSU rounded out the season with a ninth place finish at the NCAAs, the highest team finish at the national championships in school history...the trip to NCAAs was highlighted by a third place finish by the second varsity eight crew...the second varsity eight was the first boat from Washington State to advance to a Grand Final at the NCAA Championships since the regatta's inception in 1997.

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.

Varsity Line-ups:Varsity Eight: May Lundberg (coxswain), Catherine Shirley, Adele Durfey, Jody Thomas, Sarah Waterfield, Kasia Bloch, Robyn Stephenson, Lina Brazinskaite, Emily Collins.Second Varsity Eight: Kelly O'Brien (coxswain), Sharon Finney, Amy Jo Hendershot, Willow English, Kim Behrends, Suzanne Vogt, Sarah Lende, Lori Maricle, Becca Gibson.Varsity Four: To be determined.

Directions to Boathouse at Eugene: Take I-5 South past Eugene.Take Exit 188 (Hwy 58).Go to milepost 13 (white covered bridge).Take a left.Go into town and take a left at the second intersection.Lowell Park is on the left about a quarter mile down.Turn left in park entrance.First gravel road right leads to boathouse.

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