Cougar Crews Stroke Throught Day One at Nationals

May 26, 2006

West Windsor, N.J. - Washington State's women's rowing team advanced all three of its crews to the semifinals at the first day of the NCAA Championships, Friday.

'Things went according to plan,' head coach Jane LaRiviere said. 'We've got a lot more work to do.'

Needing third or better to advance to the semifinals, the varsity eight kicked off the day with a second place finish in its heat. The team clocked in at 6:38.5, the fourth fasted time in all the opening heats. The Cougars pulled in a tight race with Pacific-10 foe UCLA, which finished 0.7 seconds off the WSU pace. Pac-10 Champion California led from start to finish, and won with a time of 6:36.7. All six Pac-10 varsity eights competing for the national championship advanced to the semifinals.

In later action, WSU was one of three teams that led a raucous varsity four race, but finished second behind the Golden Bears. Princeton jumped out to a lead early in the race, but fell into a tie with the Cougars at the midway point. WSU then pushed ahead, and led for the next 800 meters of the 2,000 meter course. Down the last 200 meters of the course, the Cougars couldn't hold off California, which netted a time of 7:25.24, about one and a half seconds faster than the WSU.

The second varsity eight finished fourth in one of the tightest races of the day. The second through fourth positions were within 0.5 seconds of each other. Ohio State took the victory at 6:54.4, while California (second), Princeton (third) and WSU notched nearly identical times.

Nearly identical times don't match the closest finish off the day, as Southern California and Yale's varsity eights raced to a dead heat. The teams tied for third in the opening varsity eight heat with times of 6:44.8120. In accordance with NCAA rules, both teams will advance to the semifinals, which will now have 13 teams, rather than 12.

The Cougars continue competing at the NCAA Championships Saturday. The varsity four heats initiate the race day at 9:30 a.m. EST, followed by the second varsity eight heats at 10 a.m. The varsity eights will wrap-up the race day at 10:30 a.m.

NCAA Championships
West Windsor, N.J.
Mat 26, 2006

Varsity Eights - Heat 3

1. California 6:36.79
2. Washington State 6:38.59
3. UCLA 6:39.28
4. Tennessee 6:39.82
5. Boston 6:48.85

Second Varsity Eights - Heat 1

1. Ohio State 6:54.56
2. California 6:56.21
3. Princeton 6:56.44
4. Washington State 6:56.71
5. Tennessee 7:02.50
6. Stanford 7:02.79

Varsity Fours - Heat 2

1. California 7:25.24
2. Washington State 7:26.63
3. Michigan State 7:28.96
4. Princeton 7:33.78
5. Wisconsin 7:34.72
6. Stanford 7:35.08
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