Washington State to Host Oregon State Saturday

April 30, 2008

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State University rowing team will race the Oregon State Beavers Saturday, May 3, on its home course on the Snake River at Wawawai Landing...racing is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. and will feature races between the third-ranked WSU varsity eight boat and the No. 13 OSU varsity eight as well as second varsity eight, first, second and third varsity four, and first, second and third novice eight match-ups.

Last Season Against the Beavers: Last year the Cougars fell to the Beavers at Dexter Lake...the varsity eight finished the course just seven seconds behind OSU with at time of 7:07.29 while the second varsity eight (7:07.29) lost a race by a three second margin.

WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on Oregon State: 'They're tough, they're fit, they're coming off a big win against Washington, and they are definitely a force to be reckoned with. It's going to take a complete race [to defeat them].'

WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on the dual regatta: 'We just need to go down there [Wawawai Landing] and execute our race plan. That's all we have to do. We don't have to get caught up in all the things that are impossible to measure. We can't speed them [OSU] up and we can't slow them down. We can only execute what we practice. I'm hoping that we are able to channel the energy from the crowd and family and friends and put together a polished race.'

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).
Varsity Four: Annie Rauchenstein, Jamie Deyette, Carly Farris, and Katie Wollstein.
Second Varsity Four: Patricia Schlachter, Kerri Blegen, Crystal Martin, and Danya Levesque.

Pac-10 Highly Ranked: All seven Pac-10 varsity eight boats are ranked in the CRCA/U.S. Rowing Varsity Eight Top-20 Poll...three are in the top 10...WSU moves up this week from No. 4 to No. 3.

Championship Season Begins: This will the last regular season regatta for Washington State University...the Cougars will compete again Sunday, May 18, at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships...the event takes place at Gold River, Calif....the women of WSU will be competing for a NCAA Championship bid.

Tentative Schedule of Events:
Time Event
10:30 a.m. Novice Eight
10:45 a.m. Varsity Eight
11 a.m. Second Varsity Eight
11:15 a.m. Second Varsity Four
11:45 a.m. Second Novice Eight
12 p.m. Varsity Four

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

1.Yale (13)
2.California (9)
3.Washington State
6.Michigan State
7t. Harvard University
7t. Virginia
9. Stanford
10. Brown
11. Michigan
12 USC
13 Oregon State
14 Ohio State
15 Washington
16 Minnesota
20. UCLA

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.

Directions to the WSU Boathouse at Wawawai Landing: From Highway 195 (North or South), turn west on Wawawai Road at the blinking yellow light...travel 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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