Rowing Showdown With Cross-State Rival

April 4, 2007

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State University women's rowing team takes on cross-state rival Washington Saturday, April 7 at Wawawai Landing...dual regatta is set to start at 2 p.m. as crews race for the rowing Apple Cup.

2007 Coaching Staff: WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere is in her fifth year of coaching the women's rowing team...last year LaRiviere was named the coach of the year for the CRCA West Region and the Pac-10...LaRiviere is joined by assistant coach Tara Medina, novice coach Christina Meyer and graduate assistant Paul Hawksworth...first year assistant Medina comes to the Palouse from the University of Michigan where she coached and competed...Meyer enters her second season as novice coach...previously Meyer coached at Harvard...Hawksworth coached club and collegiate teams in British Columbia.

Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on Washington: 'I wouldn't be surprised if all the races are close. They are always tough. We have to row better than we have so far this year if we want to compete. But is it possible? Absolutely.'

Cougars Remain Ranked: WSU is ranked 18th in this week's Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/U.S. Rowing Varsity Eight Top-20 poll...falling from No. 8 in the last vote.

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

1. California (14)2. Virginia (8)3. Brown (3)4. Ohio State5. Yale6. Princeton7. Washington8. Southern California9. Tennessee10. Minnesota11. Stanford12. Clemson13. Notre Dame14. UCLA15. Wisconsin16. Louisville17. Michigan State18. Washington State19. Michigan20. Harvard

Continuing Competition: The Cougars have not competed against the Huskies this year...Head of the Lake was cancelled in the fall due to poor weather conditions...during the 2005-06 season WSU outraced Washington in the Head of the Lake and the Washington Quad regatta.

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

2006 Stellar Year for Cougar Rowing: Last year, WSU rowing had the best finish for any women's athletic program in school the 2006 Division I NCAA Championships all three varsity boats earned top five finishes...Cougars earned a fourth-place team standing...this was the fourth appearance in five years at the NCAA Championships for the rowing program.

Last Week: The Cougars traveled to the San Diego Crew Classic, where the varsity eight finished sixth in the race for the Jessop-Whittier Cup, seven seconds behind second-place California...second varsity eight finished fifth in the grand final...novice boat finished sixth in the novice grand final...other Cougar crews raced in Seattle at the Husky Invitational, where the novice four placed first.

Next Week: WSU rowers travel to the Windemere Invitational, April 14-15...regatta takes place in Redwood Shores, Calif.

Directions to the WSU Boathouse at Wawawai Landing: From Highway 195 (north or south), turn west on Wawawai Road at the blinking yellow on Wawawai Road for 10 miles, the road will end at a stop sign...turn right and drive six miles down into the canyon...go past the county park on the right and over the railroad tracks...the boathouse is a cinderblock building on the right...park on the side of the road or in the parking lot south of the boathouse.

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