WSU to Host Sixth Annual Head of the Snake Regatta

Oct. 29, 2008

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State University women's rowing team will host the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the annual Head of the Snake regatta Friday, Oct.31.

The 2008 Head of the Snake: WSU will square off with Gonzaga at Wawawai Landing, the home course of the Cougars...women's racing begins with the first flight at 2:30 p.m...the men's clubs will compete in the second flight at 3 p.m...third and fourth flights will begin at 3:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. respectively.

About the Head of the Snake: In its sixth year, the Head of the Snake features a 5,000 meter stretch of the Snake River...race is in 'head' format, in which the boats start at intervals, racing both the clock and each other...WSU varsity eight crew has gone undefeated against the Bulldogs at the Head of the Snake five consecutive years, and will look to add to that total Friday.

Last Year at the Head of the Snake: Washington State captured six of seven races against Gonzaga...Cougar varsity eight won by finishing the course with a time of 20:22.49...second varsity eight followed seven seconds later with a time of 20:29.75, finishing ahead of Gonzaga's first and second varsity eight boats...third varsity eight, novice eight, second novice eight, and third novice eight were also victorious...Gonzaga's fourth varsity eight was its only winning boat, finishing 28 seconds ahead of WSU's boat.

WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on racing at home: 'We will not have to do anything outside of our normal travel to the river, so there is an advantage because we are comfortable, and it's always nice to have our fans there for support.'

Last Time Out: WSU competed for the second time during its fall season, facing Gonzaga at the Head of the Spokane Oct. 25, 2008...Cougars defeated the Bulldogs in four out of six races...the varsity eight raced the fastest time of the day, completing the 5,000 meter course on the Spokane river in 17:31...second varsity eight, third varsity eight, and second novice eight also claimed victories over Gonzaga.

Coaching Staff: Jane LaRiviere is in her seventh year as head coach of the WSU women's rowing program...the Cougars have raced in four NCAA Championships under LaRiviere, including a ninth place finish in 2008...she is joined by assistant coach Tara Medina, novice coach Corrie McGrath, and graduate assistant Crystal Culp...Medina is in her third year as an assistant, after coaching one year for Michigan...McGrath will start her first year coaching at WSU, after coaching stints at Clemson and the University of Central Florida...Culp comes to WSU after coaching in Canada and Michigan for the past three years.

On Tap for Next Week: The Cougars will travel to Seattle to compete in the Head of the Lake Regatta Sunday, Nov. 9...Pac-10 rival Washington will host the event.

Directions to the WSU Boathouse at Wawawai Landing: From Highway 195 (north or south), turn west on Wawawai Road at the blinking yellow 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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