Cougars Battle Huskies, Continue Progression

April 11, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University women's rowing team posted strong performances against cross-state rival Washington on a rainy Saturday morning at Wawawai Landing.

Having raced against No. 6 Washington last weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic, the No. 15 Cougars executed a game plan that would help tighten the race, and help the squad better prepare for the Pacific-10 Championships in May.

'We had much improved racing at all levels,' Washington State head coach Jane LaRiviere said. 'Four straight days of training this week helped us close the gap.'

The Cougar varsity eight, which finished approximately seven seconds behind UW last weekend, fell short by a narrow margin of 1.87 seconds. The WSU crew finished with a time of 6:44.83, while the Huskies took the trophy home with a time of 6:42.96.

The WSU second varsity eight finished with a time of 6:51.04, coming in five seconds behind UW. Washington captured four more victories in the varsity four, novice eight and second novice eight races, wrapping up a sweep of the Cougars.

Junior Erica Lewis has added her thoughts on Saturday's race on the women's rowing blog, Tales from the Snake, which can be accessed HERE.

Next week the Cougars travel to Columbus, Ohio to square off with No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Michigan State and No.12 Ohio State, April 17 and 18.

Washington vs. Washington State Dual Regatta

Varsity 8+
1. UW - 6:42.96
2. WSU - 6:44.83

2 Varsity 8+
1. UW - 6:45.91
2. WSU 6:51.04

Varsity 4+
1. UW A - 7:35
2. WSU A - 7:45
3. UW B - 8:01
4. WSU B - 8:07

Novice 8+
1. UW - 7:09.3
2. WSU - 7:40.3

2 Novice 8+
1. UW - 7:18.7
2. WSU 8:02.7

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