No. 14 Cougar Rowing set to dual No. 9 Huskies

April 7, 2010

What's Happening This Week: The No. 14 Washington State University rowing team will look to improve on its successful showing in San Diego two weeks ago by traveling to Seattle to take on No. 9 Washington Saturday, April 10...WSU has defeated the Huskies in three out of their last four spring dual regattas...the event starts at 8:20 a.m at Montlake Cut on Lake Washington...the first women's race will feature the varsity eight crews at 9 a.m...the WSU second varsity eight, varsity four, second varsity four, novice eight and second novice eight will also square off against UW.

WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere on preparing for Washington: 'It's very easy to focus. Whenever we face Washington we know we are going to need a great race to compete.'

Pac-10 Highly Ranked: All seven Pacific-10 Conference rowing teams are ranked in the CRCA/U.S. Rowing Division Top-20 Poll for April 7, 2010...the leaders are No. 2 California and No. 3 Stanford, with No. 14 WSU ranked fifth highest of the Pac-10 schools...WSU moved up two spots, from No.16 to No. 14, last week after its performance at the San Diego Crew Classic and remains in that position in this week's poll.

WSU at UW Line-ups:
Varsity Eight: Sarah Wolff, Kyann Martin, Hannah Rothstrom, Justine Galbraith, Allie Reilly, Katie Dick, Lisa Roman, Irena Neffeova, Corina Chilibeck (cox).

Second Varsity Eight: Annie Eastwood, Danya Levesque, Corinna Sharick, Erica Lewis, Erika Jorgensen, Sarah Powell, Christina Kinck, Natasha Ostopovich, Lexi Ryman (cox).

Novice Eight: Erin Ranney, Jessica Start, Stephanie Hinkle, Alison Smith, Jennifer Hale, Josie Lallemand, Rachel Snodgrass, Brianne Gould, Heidi Kim (cox).

2009 vs. Washington: The Cougar varsity eight finished 1.87 seconds behind the Huskies on the Snake River with a time of 6:44.83...WSU closed the gap from the weekend prior at the San Diego Crew Classic where it finished approximately seven seconds behind UW...the WSU second varsity eight, novice eight and varsity four also fell to UW in the head-to-head regatta.

Last Time Out: March 27-28, the varsity eight, second varsity eight and novice eight squads competed at the San Diego Crew Classic, marking the first races of the season for the Cougars...varsity eight placed fourth in the Jessop-Whittier Cup grand final...second varsity eight earned a third-place finish in the Hungness Trophy grand final...the WSU novice eight won the Korholz Perpetual Trophy grand final with a time of 7:17.20.

Next Week: The Cougars will travel to Gold River, Calif. to compete at the Lake Natoma Invite April 17-18...this will be the first time WSU has competed at the Lake Natoma Invite, though it regularly races at Lake Natoma for the Pac-10 Championships...Lake Natoma is also the site of the 2010 NCAA Championships, hosted by WSU.

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

CRCA/U.S. Rowing Division I Top-20 Poll
April 7, 2010
(1st place votes)

1. Virginia (14)
2. California (3)
3. Stanford (5)
4. Yale (3)
5. Brown
6. Princeton
7. Michigan State
8. USC
9. Washington
10. Michigan
11. Wisconsin
12. Clemson
13. Ohio State
14. Washington State
15. UCLA
16. Harvard
16. Oregon State
16. Notre Dame
19. Tennessee
20. Dartmouth
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