Cougars Head To Seattle For Opening Day Regatta

May 4, 2005

What's Happening This Week: Washington State will travel across the Cascade Mountains to compete in the Opening Day Regatta on the Montlake Cut in Seattle, Saturday May 7...Cougars will compete against Washington and Cornell as well as international competitors from the Czech Republic...traveling to Seattle will be the second varsity eight, varsity four and novice eight is scheduled to being at 10:20 a.m.

What Happened During Last Action: The Cougars captured victories in two of three races during a dual regatta against Tennessee April 23 on Fort Lake Loudon at Knoxville...WSU captured victories in the second varsity eight and varsity four races...Cougars captured a narrow victory over the Lady Vols in the second varsity eight race winning with a time of 7:14.08 to Tennessee's fours action, the WSU varsity four squad captured its sixth victory of the season...WSU prevailed in the race finishing with a time of 8:09.00, UT 'A' finished second with a mark of 8:16.00 while the UT 'B' crew completed the 2000-meter course with a time of 8:30.60...the varsity eight crew in its racing action with then - No. 13 Tennessee fell with a mark of 7:28.10 to UT's 7:19.90.

2004 Opening Day Regatta: Washington State University's second varsity eight crew won the Women's Erickson Cascade Cup for the first time as part of the 2004 Opening Day regatta...WSU rowed a time of 6:34.25 in the 2000 meter race out racing Washington, Oregon State and UCLA...WSU placed third in the varsity fours race, falling to UW and OSU.

Varsity Eight Ranked in National Poll: The Cougars are ranked 19th this week in the US Rowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll...the Cougars are one of six Pac-10 teams in the poll...California (No. 2), Stanford (No. 10), Washington (No. 12), USC (No. 13), UCLA (tied No. 16) are also ranked...Oregon State has received votes but is not of this weeks competitors, Cornell, has also received votes but is not in the rankings...Princeton holds the No. 1 position in the poll...polls are released every Wednesday.

Cougars Ranked Top in West: The NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Committee has ranked the Washington State varsity four crew as the top fours squad on the West Coast in the most recent poll dated April 27 a team, the Cougar women's rowing squad is ranked fourth...WSU second varsity eight crew is ranked second in the region and the varsity eight squad is ranked sixth.

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: 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.

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