No. 5 Cougars Set for Two-Day Regatta

April 16, 2008

What's Happening This Week: The fifth ranked Washington State University rowing team will return to California this week for the second time this month to compete in the Stanford Invitational at Redwood Shores Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20...the event is hosted by No. 10 Stanford and features four Pacific-10 Conference teams...the Cougars' weekend will begin with the varsity eight match-up between WSU and Stanford at 9:08 a.m., Saturday...second varsity eight and varsity four will also face Stanford Saturday morning...novice eight will race UCLA at 11 a.m....crews will take a break and continue racing Saturday afternoon with the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four, taking on Central Florida beginning at 3:16 p.m....novice four squads will face Stanford at 4:28 p.m....Cougar racing will resume Sunday morning at 9:24, with a varsity eight match-up between WSU and UVIC...crews will also race St. Mary's and UCF.

Last Time at Redwood Shores: Last year the Cougars traveled to Redwood Shores for the Windermere the first day the varsity four defeated Central Florida and Tennessee, while the second varsity eight split its races against UCF and Tennessee...the varsity eight lost both of its competitions...Virginia swept WSU crews on day two.

WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the Stanford Invitational: 'It will be great because Stanford has proven itself to be a worthy opponent and UCF went to the NCAA Championships last year. It will also be a good practice for the Pacific-10 Championships with heats and finals in the same day.'

Last Week: The Cougars and Huskies faced off in a cross-state dual regatta at Seattle last weekend...varsity eight defeated Washington for the third straight year.

This Week's Line-ups:Varsity Eight: Kelly O'Brien (cox), Irena Neffeova (stroke), Karin Brevick, Kyann Martin, Sarah Powell, Monica Teague, Hannah Rothstrom, Tiana Rodriquez, Erica Lewis (bow).Second Varsity Eight: Corina Chilibeck (cox), Phillippa Summerville (stroke), Christina Kinck, Amy Brevick, Lauren Johnson, Justine Galbraith, Erika Jorgensen, Michelle Mindemann, and Natasha Ostopovich (bow).

Pac-10 Highly Ranked: Six of the seven Pac-10 teams are ranked in the CRCA/U.S. Rowing Varsity Eight Top-20 Poll...five are in the top 10...WSU moves up this week from No. 8 to No. 5...Oregon State is the only team not on the list.

Next Week: WSU will take a break next week and will resume racing May 3, at Wawawai Landing against the Oregon State Beavers.

Coaching Staff: Jane LaRiviere enters her sixth year as the WSU head women's rowing coach...Cougars earned a program-best fourth-place finish at the NCAA National Championships in 2006 under LaRiviere...she is joined by assistant Tara Medina, novice coach Christina Meyer and graduate assistant Paul Hawksworth...Medina is in her second year as an assistant...she joined WSU women's rowing after coaching one year at Michigan...Meyer is entering her third year as the novice coach...Hawksworth is a second-year graduate assistant.

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

1.California (18)
2.Yale (6)
5.Washington State
7.Michigan State
14.Ohio State
17t.Notre Dame
19. Northeastern
20. Pennsylvania
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