Winchell Cup Returns to Washington State

May 3, 2008

PULLMAN - The Cougar rowing team only won two of its six races Saturday at Wawawai Landing, but won the races that mattered to give the team the one point advantage over the Beavers in deciding the winner of the Winchell Cup. Washington State ended the dual meet against Pacific-10 Conference opponent, Oregon State with 67 overall team points, narrowly defeating the Beavers' 66 team points.

The novice eight kicked off the event with a tight race decided by less than a second. The Cougars finished the 2,000 meter course on the Snake River with a time of 7:32.12, .23 seconds ahead of Oregon State.

The big race of the day was between the third ranked WSU varsity eight boat and the No. 13 Beavers. Washington State jumped out to an early lead outstroking OSU by the 500 meter mark and then widening the gap to a half of a length of open water by the 1,000 meter mark. The Cougars finished the race with a time of 6:54.84, almost four full seconds ahead of Oregon State's 6:58.57 finish. The varsity eight win marked the return of the Crawford Perpetual Trophy to the Palouse. The award, named in honor of former WSU rowing coach Tammy Crawford, has been given to the winner of the WSU-OSU varsity eight race since 2003.

Following the varsity eight match-up was the second varsity eight competition. The Cougars fell to the Beavers, finishing with a time of 6:56.80, five seconds behind Oregon State.

A broken part on one of Oregon State's four boats led to a short delay in racing and slight change in the schedule for the second half of the day. The second novice eight, originally slated to follow the second varsity four, began the races after the break. Oregon State won the event with a time of 7:11.11 while Washington State took second and third.Oregon State continued to dominate the rest of the event claiming victories in the second varsity four race with a time of 7:34.11 and the varsity four competition with a time of 7:32.97.

'There was a little bit of mixed results today,' head coach Jane LaRiviere said. 'I was pleased that the varsity and the first novice were able to pull out the victories. There was some pretty close racing, but I think we have some work to do in the second varsity eight and the varsity four. I didn't feel like they rowed up to their potential today.'

Saturday's race marked the final regular race of the Cougar's 2008 season. Washington State will not row again until the Pacific-10 Championships at Gold River, Calif., May 18.

WSU-OSU Dual Regatta
Pullman, Wash.
Saturday, May 03, 2008

Novice Eight
1. Washington State, 7:32.12
2. Oregon State, 7:32.35

Varsity Eight
1. Washington State, 6:54.84
2. Oregon State, 6:58.57

Second Varsity Eight
1. Oregon State, 6:51.52
2. Washington State, 6:56.80

Second Novice Eight
1. Oregon State, 7:11.11
2. Washington State A, 7:32.41
3. Washington State B, 7:35.07

Varsity Four
1. Oregon State, 7:32.97
2. Washington State A, 7:42.61
3. Washington State B, 8:05.93

Second Varsity Four
1. Oregon State, 7:34.11
2. Washington State A, 7:37.36
3. Washington State B, 7:53.35
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