Cougars Win Four of Six Races at Head of the Spokane

Oct. 25, 2008

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Washington State University women's rowing team competed at a windy Head of the Spokane Saturday, winning four of its six races against the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

In the first 5,000 meter flight of the morning the combined varsity eight/second varsity eight boat earned the fastest time of the day, 17:31, coming in 42 seconds ahead of the Gonzaga varsity eight. Finishing only two seconds behind the Bulldog varsity eight, the Cougar second varsity eight won its race with a time of 18:15.

'Everybody put a good effort in, and we learned a lot today,' Washington State head coach Jane LaRiviere said.

In the first collegiate race for several members of the Cougar novice squad, the novice eight boat finished with a time of 21:45, nearly two minutes behind Gonzaga's novice eight time of 19:55. Later, in flight two, the second novice eight boat crossed the finish line 27 seconds ahead of the Gonzaga second novice eight, clocking a time of 21:26.

With the headwind dying down in the second women's flight of the morning, both teams revised their varsity eight lineups for a second race. The Cougar varsity eight boat finished with a time of 18:20, 25 seconds behind the Bulldog varsity eight crew. The third varsity eight claimed a three second victory over Gonzaga's third varsity eight, with a time of 19:03.

Washington State University will return to the Palouse to host the Head of the Snake Friday, Oct. 31, at Wawawai Landing.

Head of the Spokane
Spokane, Wash.
Saturday October 25, 2008

Flight One

Varsity Eight: Washington State, 17:31; Gonzaga, 18:13; Washington State 2, 18:15; Gonzaga 2, 18:45.

Novice Eight: Gonzaga, 19:55; Washington State, 21:45.

Flight Two
Varsity Eight: Gonzaga, 17:55; Washington State, 18:20; Washington State 3, 19:03; Gonzaga 3, 19:06.

Novice Eight: Washington State, 21:26; Gonzaga, 21:53.
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