Cougars Completes Day 2 at NCAA Rowing Championships

May 31, 2008

GOLD RIVER, Calif. - Washington State University advanced all three boats into Sunday's Petite Finals following second day action at the 2008 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships, Saturday morning at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center.

'I think both the 2-V and varsity four had their best races of the season when it counted the most and put themselves in position to be in a great lane in the Petite Final,' said WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere. 'I am really proud of them...they took the ball and ran with what they were given and did a great job.'

The second varsity eight, racing out of lane 3, was in fourth place at 1,000 meters, trailing third place Yale by almost two seconds. Over the next 500 meters WSU erased the deficit and moved into third then had the fastest final 500 meters of the race, closing the margin on second-place California but ran out of room down the stretch to finish third behind Virginia (6:47.83) and California (6:48.87). WSU's final time of 6:52.89 was almost four seconds ahead of Yale (6:56.01) and fifth-place Harvard (6:57.72).

In the varsity four race, WSU started in lane 4 and was solid from start to finish. Yale jumped out to an early lead after 500 meters, ahead of Michigan State and the Cougars. By the midway point of the race, Michigan State took a lead it didn't relinquish as it finished the race in a time of 7:33.77, ahead of Yale (7:38.04) and WSU (7:41.72) as the three schools pulled away from the field. The Cougars again finished strong, posting a time of 1:53.00 over the final 500 meters, the fastest split of the race. Princeton (7:48.30) and Tennessee (7:54.46) rounded out the field.

In the varsity eight race, the Cougars felt the effects of having to race twice Friday and finished sixth in its semifinal. In breezy conditions and under cloudy skies, WSU began on the outside lane and covered the course in a time of 6:54.01. Yale won the heat in a time of 6:35.16, followed by California (6:38.66), Stanford (6:39.93), Harvard (6:42.58) and Princeton (6:48.51).

'(The varsity eight) didn't have a poor race,' said LaRiviere. 'Everybody that did the (second race) yesterday was a ways back of the field. It's tough to do it that way but we made our own bed so we have to sleep in it.

'I am really proud of this team,' LaRiviere continued. 'I am looking at it compared to last year when we weren't here and compared to last year when we finished seventh in the Pac-10. This is a pretty good first step in a rebuilding process. I'm very optimistic about the future and Washington State is always going to be about the team. The V-8 has received a few more accolades this year, but our strength right now is the performance of our whole team.'

Racing concludes Sunday at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center with Petite and Grand Final races. The Cougars varsity four will compete in the Petite Final at 10 a.m., followed by the second varsity eight Petite Final at 10:30 a.m. and the varsity eight Petite Final at 11:15 a.m. Live results can be found at

Sacramento State Aquatic Center
Lake Natoma
Gold River, Calif.
May 30 - June 1

First Semifinal
(Top 3 advance to Grand Final, 4-6 advance to Petite Final)
1. Yale, 6:35.16; 2. California, 6:38.66; 3. Stanford, 6:39.93; 4. Harvard, 6:42.58; 5. Princeton, 6:48.51; 6. WASHINGTON STATE, 6:54.01
WSU Lineup - cox-Kelly O'Brien, stroke-Irena Neffeova, 7-Karin Brevick, 6-Kyann Martin, 5-Sarah Powell, 4-Monica Teague, 3-Hannah Rothstrom, 2-Tiana Rodriquez, bow-Erica Lewis.

Second Semifinal
(Top 3 advance to Grand Final, 4-6 advance to Petite Final)
1. Brown, 6:34.93; 2. Washington, 6:36.37; 3. Michigan State, 6:36.34; 4. Virginia, 6:36.92; 5. Southern California, 6:46.00; 6. Michigan, 6:48.60.

First Semifinal

(Top 2 advance to Grand Final, 3-5 advance to Petite Final)1. Virginia, 6:47.83; 2. California, 6:48.87; 3. WASHINGTON STATE, 6:52.89; 4. Yale, 6:56.01; 5. Harvard, 6:57.72.
WSU Lineup - cox-Corina Chilibeck, stroke-Amy Brevick, 7-Erika Jorgensen, 6-Phillippa Summerville, 5-Christina Kinck,4-Justine Galbraith, 3-Lauren Johnson, 2-Carly Farris, bow-Natasha Ostopovich.

Second Semifinal
(Top 2 advance to Grand Final, 3-5 advance to Petite Final)
1. Washington, 6:49.28; 2. Tennessee, 6:51.84; 3. Wisconsin 6:55.90; 4. Michigan State, 7:02.08; 5. Princeton, 7:09.32.

First Semifinal
(Top 2 advance to Grand Final, 3-5 advance to Petite Final)
1. Michigan State, 7:33.77; 2. Yale, 7:38.04; 3. WASHINGTON STATE, 7:41.72; 4. Princeton, 7:48.30; 5. Tennessee, 7:54.46.
WSU Lineup - cox- Tara McTavish, stroke-Jamie Deyette, 3-Michelle Mindemann, 2-Katie Wollstein, bow-Patricia Schlachter.

Second Semifinal
(Top 2 advance to Grand Final, 3-5 advance to Petite Final)
1. California, 7:32.06; 2. Brown, 7:32.21; 3. Ohio State, 7:38.58; 4. Wisconsin, 7:52.25; 5. Harvard, 8:04.84.
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