WSU Advances Two Crews to Grand Finals in San Diego

April 4, 2009

SAN DIEGO - The Washington State University women's rowing team raced three boats in the San Diego Crew Classic prelims Saturday, with the varsity eight and novice eight advancing to the grand finals Sunday.

The Cougar varsity eight finished third in its heat with a time of 6:44.14, edging out UCLA by 1.64 seconds for a spot in the grand final. The Jessop-Whittier Cup race will launch at 9 a.m. Sunday.

The WSU second varsity eight also finished third in its heat, with a time of 7:03.03, but fell short of advancing to the grand final because in the second varsity and novice races only the top two boats in each heat advance to the grand final.

'The Varsity put on a dead sprint to get into the grand final, I'm glad they got that done,' said Washington State head coach Jane LaRiviere. 'Second varsity will take this race as a learning experience. We are looking forward to tomorrow.'

Winning its heat, the WSU novice eight finished with a time of 7:19.45. With the third best time amongst collegiate novice eights, behind only Washington and Oregon State, the Cougars will compete in the grand final for the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy at 11 a.m. Sunday.

WSU crews also raced in Seattle at the Husky Open Regatta. The two WSU varsity four boats finished behind the two Washington varsity fours, with times of 7:39.7 and 7:53.5 respectively. The Cougar third varsity eight finished behind four Washington eight boats, with a time of 7:05.8.

Sunday's races will be streamed live at

San Diego Crew Classic, San Diego (Mission Bay)
Whittier Cup Prelim B

1. USC 6:40.11
2. Wisconsin 6:41.99
3. WSU 6:44.14
4. UCLA 6:45.78
5. Miami 6:58.88

Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy Prelim C
1. Wisconsin 6:59.08
2. Oregon State 7:00.89
3. WSU 7:03.03
4. San Diego State 7:18.00
5. San Doego 7:24.41
6. Loyola 7:34.55

Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy Prelim C
1. WSU 7:19.45
2. UCLA 7:22.00
3. Sacramento State 7:32.17
4. San Diego State 7:32.76
5. San Diego 7:50.21
6. CSULB 8:15.58
7. UOP 8:33.25

Husky Open Regatta, Seattle (Montlake Cut)

Varsity Eight
1. UW 6:33.7
2. UW 6:39.8
3. UW 6:42.7
4. UW 6:43.8
5. WSU 7:05.8

Varsity Four
1. UW 7:10.7
2. UW 7:35.3
3. WSU 7:39.7
4. WSU 7:53.5

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