Rowers Travel to Sunny San Diego for Annual Crew Classic

March 29, 2006

What's Happening This Week:Washington State's women's rowing team will split up this weekend...first and second varsity eights along with the first novice crews travel to Southern California for the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay, April 1-2...third varsity and second novice eights will caravan across the Cascades to compete in the Husky Invitational in Seattle, Saturday, April 1.

WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the SDCC: 'This race is important because we will get to see a lot of the Pac-10 competition, but we will also get to see Wisconsin, Northeastern, Notre Dame and quite a few other out-of-conference teams. In some ways it's going to be the only comparison we have this year.'

Classic Competitors: The SDCC field features seven of the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/U.S. Rowing Top-20 varsity eight crews, including second-ranked California, the defending national champion... ninth-ranked Cougars will also face ranked opponents Wisconsin (8), Southern California (11), UCLA (14), Stanford (15), and Northeastern (18).

The 2005 SDCC: All three Cougars crews advanced to their respective finals at the 2005 SDCC...WSU's second varsity eight highlighted the weekend, earning a second place finish...varsity eight finished fifth, 14 seconds behind the winner in a tight race for the Jessop-Whittier Cup...Cougar novice eight placed sixth in its race...California championed all three races.

Huskies Club Competition: Of the seven teams competing in the Husky Invitational, four are club squads: Sammamish Rowing Association, Pocock Rowing Center, Baker Rowing Club and Everette Rowing Association... collegiate crews are WSU, Washington and Western Washington, the top-ranked Division II team in the nation.

The 2005 Husky Invitational: WSU boats took first and second place in the varsity four race...Cougars' eight also bested the Huskies, finishing in 6:51, nine seconds better than the Washington crew.

Pac-10 Highly Ranked: The Pacific-10 Conference has six teams ranked in the CRCA/U.S. Rowing Varsity Eight Top-20 poll, the most of any conference...also well represented in the rankings are the Big-10 with five and the Ivy League, which has four ranked teams.

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 (1)
12. Tennessee
13. Michigan State
14. UCLA
15. Stanford
16. Boston
17. Harvard
18. Northeastern
19. Minnesota
20. Columbia

Last Week:WSU's women's varsity crews swept Gonzaga, British Columbia and Simon Fraser Saturday, March 25...varsity eight earned rights to the Fawley Cup for ninth consecutive year.
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