Cougars to Finish Fall in Seattle

Nov. 6, 2009

What's Happening This Week: The Cougars will travel to Seattle for the 29th annual Head of the Lake Regatta Sunday, Nov.8.

The 2009 Head of the Lake: Races will begin at 8 a.m...the three-mile regatta is hosted by the Lake Washington Rowing Club and is the largest Fall regatta west of the Mississippi...the Head of the Lake Regatta starts on Lake Union, continues east through the Montlake Cut to Lake Washington and finishes near the UW's Conibear Shellhouse...this year's course is known as the 'classic course' used most often in the regatta's 28 years.

WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on Head of the Lake: 'It's going to be nice to race outside competition. We've faced Gonzaga for two weeks in a row, and now we get to see some Pac-10 competition. University of Minnesota is going to be there and some crews from Canada and it will be great to race against some stiffer competition.'

'I think they're ready to have a good race. We can't control anybody else's speed, we just have to do our best and see what happens.'

About the Head of the Lake: With unpredictable Seattle weather, there exists each year the possibility of the course being shortened due to inclement weather, as was the case in 2007, or of the race being cancelled as was the case in 2006...notable teams competing in this year's regatta include cross-state rival Washington, as well as the University of Minnesota...the event attracts more than 2,500 rowers each year.

Last Year at the Head of the Lake: The Cougar varsity eight finished second, with a time of 17:38.23, only eight seconds behind first place Washington and 24 seconds ahead of British Columbia...the WSU second varsity eight also placed second, with a time of 18:20.14...the Cougar third varsity eight placed third, finishing 16 hundredths of a second in front of the fourth place boat from Washington, with a time of 19:18.06.

Head of the Lake
All-Time Varstiy Finishes
Year V8 2V8

2008 2nd 2nd
2007 1st 1st
2006 Cancelled
2005 1st 2nd
2004 6th DQ
2003 8th 4th
2002 2nd 2nd
2001 7th 2nd
2000 6th 6th
1999 5th 3rd
1998 4th 3rd
1997 4th 4th
1996 5th 3rd
1995 3rd 6th
1994 3rd 1st
1993 3rd 4th
1992 3rd 4th
1991 4th 3rd
1990 4th ----

Last Time Out: The Cougars won the seventh annual Head of the Snake regatta despite severe wind that delayed races for approximately 45 minutes...the WSU varsity eight (15:17.52), second varsity eight (16:17.87) and third varsity eight (16:39.01) each defeated Gonzaga for the second consecutive week, this time on their home course.

Follow the Cougs: The Cougars can be followed all season long via the WSU Rowing blog, Tales from the Snake, which can be accessed HERE.

On Tap for the Cougars: WSU will next begin winter training, followed by the start of the spring season March 20, 2010, with Class Day races at Wawawai Landing.

Directions to Head of the Lake:
From 520 Westbound (toward Seattle) exit Montlake Boulevard.
Turn Right (north). Follow Montlake past the stadium, past Hec Ed Pavillion.Just past cement overpass to Hec Ed, take second drive to right toward Parking Lot and Boathouse

From I-5, take Eastbound 520, exit Montlake Blvd. Turn left at stop lightFollow Montlake past the stadium, past Hec Ed Pavillion.Just past cement overpass to Hec Ed, take second drive to right toward Parking Lot and Boathouse
It's the third right from overpass, the first two rights are a parking area for the ticket office.
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