Cougar Rowing Advances Boats to Collegiate Eight Grand Final NightSprints

Oct. 4, 2008

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Both Washington State University women's collegiate eight A and B crews advanced to the NightSprint Grand Finals to take place Saturday night at the 2008 Head of the Oklahoma on the Oklahoma River Saturday afternoon.

The WSU A boat placed third in the NightSprint qualifier with a time of 14:44.287. Stanford's A team won the race with a time of 14:25.935, followed by Radcliffe A with a time of 14:36.955.

The WSU B boat came in sixth in the race with a time of 15:02.207, in a field comprised of 20 boats. Both WSU boats will compete again tonight at 9:10 p.m. local time.

'The WSU B had a solid start,' Washington State Head Coach Jane LaRiviere said. 'The WSU A has a couple of things to work out, but it's always great to get racing.'

In the women's open four event later in the afternoon, three of the Cougars' four boats placed in the top four. WSU took a one-two finish as the A crew won the race with a time of 16:02.231. The D boat came in second, clocking a time of 16:30.033. WSU's B boat crossed the finish line in a time of 16:37.393.

'I was pleased by the performance of the fours,' LaRiviere said.

Results from the NightSprints will be posted following the competition this evening. Tomorrow the Cougars will conclude competition at the Head of the Oklahoma with the women's open pairs and women's collegiate four races.

Women's Collegiate Eight (Top 10)1. Stanford A (14:25.935), 2. Radcliffe A (14:36.955), 3. WSU A (14:44.287) (Erica Lewis-bow, Kyann Martin, Natasha Ostopovich, Pip Summerville, Sarah Powell, Justine Galbraith, Karin Brevick, Irena Neffeova, Corina Chilibeck-cox). 4. University of Miami A (14:57.089), 5. University of Texas A (15:01.991), 6. WSU B (15:02.207) (Danya Levesque-bow, Annie Eastwood, Tereza Kocianova, Monica Teague, Lauren Johnson, Christina Kinck, Erika Jorgensen, Amy Brevick, Kasey Heil-cox), 7. University of Texas B (15:20.143), 8. Southern Methodist A (15:22.037), 9. University of Kansas B (15:22.961), 10. University of Kansas C (15:34.491)

Women's Open Four (Top 10)1. WSU A (16:02.231) (Erica Lewis, Kyann Martin, Karin Brevick, Irena Neffeova, Corina Chilibeck-cox), 2. WSU D (16:30.033) (Danya Levesque, Michelle Mindemann, Erika Jorgensen, Christina Kinck, Kasey Heil-cox), 3. University of Miami A (16:32.549), 4. WSU B (16:37.393) (Justine Galbraith, Natasha Ostopovich, Pip Summerville, Sarah Powell, Lexie Ryman-cox), 5. Austin Rowing Club A (16:37.507), 6. University of Texas A 16:42.013), 7. The University of Tulsa A (16:45.079), 8. WSU C (16:45.335) (Tereza Kocianova, Annie Eastwood, Lauren Johnson, Monica Teague, Cayla Ravancho-cox), 9. The University of Oklahoma A (17:07.049), 10. University of Kansas A (17:07.655)

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