Rowers Set for Competitive Weekend in California

April 12, 2006

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What's Happening This Week: Led by the sixth-ranked varsity eight, Washington State's women's rowing team travels to Redwood Shores, Calif. for the Stanford Invitational...No. 17 Cardinal host No. 14 UCLA, No. 15 Tennessee, Clemson and Central Florida in addition to WSU...Cougars race UCF on Friday, April 14, and take on Tennessee and Clemson in separate races on Saturday, April 15.

Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Stanford Invitational: 'This weekend is important because it's the last time we're going to see out-of-conference teams. Tennessee is ranked in the top-20 and has been a bit of an arch-rival the last few years. It's been a really tight, competitive relationship.'

Building a Rivalry: Since LaRiviere's first season at WSU in 2002, the Cougars have raced Tennessee seven times, winning four times...closest race came May 30, 2003 at the NCAA Championships, where UT finished .41 seconds ahead of WSU.

Previously at Redwood Shores: WSU last competed at Redwood Shores as part of the Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic in 2004...first and second varsity crews outraced Cornell, but fell to then-ranked No.7 Virginia and No. 8 Michigan State.

Polls Friendly to Cougs: WSU is ranked sixth in this week's Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/U.S. Rowing Varsity Eight Top-20 poll...ranking is the best-ever placement for the Cougars.

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

1. Princeton (23)
2. California (1)
3. Southern California
4. Yale
5. Ohio State
6. Washington State
7. Michigan State
8. Harvard
9. Michigan
10. Brown
11. Virginia
12. Notre Dame
13. Washington
14. UCLA
15. Tennessee
16. Wisconsin
17. Stanford
18. Minnesota
19. Dartmouth
20. Oregon State

Pac-10 Highly Ranked: The Pacific-10 Conference has all seven of its varsity eight crews 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.

Cougars Claw Canines: Last week, WSU's varsity eight defeated UW for the second time this year...Cougars marked a 6:45.0 finish en route to a two-second victory over the Huskies...WSU also defeated UW November 13 at the Head of the Lake...victories mark the second and third times in WSU history the Cougar varsity eight has defeated UW's best boat.

Varsity Eight Line-up: Kelly O'Brien (cox), Sarah Waterfield, Tiana Rodriquez, Amber McKnight, Kasia Bloch, Laura Griffin, Jody Thomas, Sarah Lende, Liz Rand.

Next Week: Cougar crews will be on the prowl Saturday, April 22 at Wawawai Landing for the first time this spring to race Stanford.
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