Rowing Strokes into Spring Season Competing for Fawley Cup

March 23, 2006

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's rowing team begins its spring season with a regatta Saturday, March 25, facing Gonzaga, Simon Fraser and British Colombia...races start at 10 a.m. on Silver Lake at Medical Lake, near Spokane.

Race for the Fawley Cup: This year marks the 16th annual race for the Fawley Cup, awarded to the winner of the Gonzaga-WSU varsity eight race...WSU has won the cup in 14 of its 15 years, losing to the Bulldogs only in 1997.

WSU Head Rowing Coach Jane LaRiviere on facing the Bulldogs: 'It's going to be good to meet outside competition and practice our race plan. In their own conference (West Coast), Gonzaga has been dominating the last few years, so they're good competition.'

Zinging the Zags: WSU raced Gonzaga twice in the fall...second varsity eight bested the Bulldogs by 28 seconds Oct. 22 in Spokane...varsity eight claimed a 57 second win at the Head of the Snake at Wawawai Landing Oct. 29.

Cougars in the Top-10: WSU's varsity eight is ranked ninth in the nation in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/U.S. Rowing preseason poll for 2006...placement is 10 spots higher than where the Cougars finished the 2005 season...WSU is one of six Pacific-10 Conference teams ranked in the top-20.

Home Cookin': The Cougars compete in their home state five times this spring, including two home regattas at Wawawai Landing, April 22 against Stanford and April 29 against Oregon State...WSU will also race twice on the Montlake Cut in Seattle, at the Husky Invitational April 1 and April 8 versus Washington...this Saturday's race is also in-state.

Last Time Out: WSU completed its fall season Nov. 13, 2005 with a triumphant showing at the Head of the Lake in Seattle...varsity eight championed the event for the first time in 16 attempts...third varsity eight won its race by nearly 10 seconds...second varsity eight earned a runner-up position.

CRCA/U.S. Rowing Varsity Eight Top-20(1st place votes)

1. Princeton (13)
2. California (9)
3. Virginia
4. Ohio State
5. Yale
6. Brown
7. Michigan
8. Wisconsin
9. Washington State
10. Washington
11. USC
12. Tennessee
13. Michigan State
14. UCLA
15. Stanford
16. Boston
17. Harvard
18. Northeastern
19. Minnesota
20. Columbia

Directions to Spirit Lake:

Take Interstate 90 West to Exit #272 (WA 902) Medical Lake Exit
Turn right onto WA-902 (West Medical Lake Road)
Follow Medical Lake Road 5.25 miles
Turn left onto Stanley Road
Follow Stanley Road for .5 miles
Turn right onto East Lake Road
Follow East Lake Road for one block
Turn left onto North Hallet Road
Follow North Hallet Road 2.25 miles
Road ends at Silver Lake Camp
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