Rowing to Open Fall Season in Boston at Head of the Charles Regatta

Oct. 19, 2005

What's Happening This Week: For the second straight year, Washington State rowing will compete at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston Sunday, Oct. 23...the varsity eight crew will make the trip to the Atlantic coast, while the remaining crews will caravan to Spokane, Wash. to compete against Gonzaga Saturday, Oct. 22.

The 2005 Head of the Charles: The Cougars will start their race in Boston at 12:57 p.m. Pacific...the course stretches just over five kilometers...the race is in 'head' format, where the boats start at 15 second intervals, racing both the clock and each other...the WSU varsity eight will start 18th in a field of 46 in Massachusetts, which includes seven of the top 10 finishers at last season's NCAA Championships, 11 crews ranked in the final Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/US Rowing poll of the 2005 spring season and the US Rowing team.

About the Head of the Charles: The Head of the Charles, now in its 41st year, 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 Year at the Charles: The Cougars finished 18th in a field of 42 at last year's regatta...the varsity eight crew completed the race in 12:55.849, 49 seconds behind the first place finisher, ASR Nereus in a race officials abbreviated due to poor weather conditions...WSU was the 14th among collegiate crews at the event.

Head of the Charles Lineup: Kelly O'Brien (coxswain), Sarah Waterfield (stroke), Kasia Bloch, Karin Brevick, Laura Griffin, Sarah Lende, Amber McKnight, Elizabeth Rand, Tiana Rodriquez.

WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Head of the Charles: 'We use Boston as motivation to keep kids training in the summer. I feel like we've been training well and we're fit. It's not the first time we've seen this competition. Most of the juniors and seniors have seen these people before.'

Opening At Gonzaga: The second, third and fourth varsity squads will compete in Spokane against Gonzaga at the Gonzaga boathouse on the Spokane River...races begin at 10 a.m....last season, the Cougar varsity crews swept the Bulldogs in both the fall and spring regattas.

Coaching Staff: Jane LaRiviere begins her fourth season at the helm of the Cougars...WSU earned team bids the NCAA Championships in two of LaRiviere's first three years with the program...LaRiviere is assisted by Mike Stahlman and Christina Meyer... Stahlman is beginning his second season as assistant coach for the Cougars...he previously coached at Princeton...Meyer enters her first year at WSU after coaching stints at Harvard and Brentwood College in British Columbia.

On Tap for Next Week: The Cougars return home Saturday, Oct. 29 to host the Head of the Snake Regatta at Wawawai Landing...WSU will compete against the Gonzaga Bulldogs...races begin at 10 a.m..

Directions to Gonzaga's Boathouse:
Head to Spokane, take I-90 East bound through Spokane
EXIT at Broadway (# 286)
Turn RIGHT at the top of the ramp
Turn LEFT onto Park St (turn just before 7-11)
Keep going to the River and then turn LEFT onto a gravel road
Continue driving on this road, it will cut across a field and go through a gate.
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