Crawford Perpetual Trophy Returns to Palouse

May 1, 2010

PULLMAN, Wash. - The No. 10 Washington State University women's rowing team battled 11 mile per hour head winds to defeat Oregon State at Wawawai Landing Saturday. The Cougars recaptured the Winchell Cup, named for 11-year WSU novice coach Jodi Winchell (1990-2001), by earning victories in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four races. The regatta was delayed 30 minutes due to white caps on the 2000 meter Snake River course caused by strong gusts of wind.

No amount of wind or rain was going to stop the 'Chilibeck showdown' from taking place Saturday. Cougar varsity eight coxswain Corina Chilibeck and her sister, OSU varsity eight coxswain Bonnie Chilibeck, went head-to-head on the water for the first time in their careers. Corina led the WSU varsity eight (Kyann Martin, Hannah Rothstrom, Justine Galbraith, Allie Reilly, Irena Neffeova, Lisa Roman, Katie Dick, Sarah Wolff, Corina Chilibeck - cox) in reclaiming the Crawford Perpetual Trophy, by finishing approximately 16 seconds in front of the Beavers with a time of 7:26.8. The varsity eight victory marks the fifth consecutive year in which the home team has won the Crawford Perpetual Trophy, named for first WSU rowing head coach Tammy Crawford.

'I was really excited because of the Chilibeck showdown,' WSU head coach Jane LaRiviere said. 'I think that was really meaningful for Corrie being the senior and the older sister, and I think she got the boat really fired up for that.'

The WSU second varsity eight (Erika Jorgensen, Danya Levesque, Corinna Sharick, Erica Lewis, Liz England, Christina Kinck, Crystal Martin, Natasha Ostopovich, Lexi Ryman - cox) also finished ahead of Oregon State by a margin of approximately 25 seconds, with a time of 7:41.09.

The varsity four (Katie Wollstein, Rachel McNeil, Lauren Johnson, Annie Eastwood, Cayla Ravancho - cox) also helped the WSU point total for the Winchell Cup with its ten second victory over the Beavers in the first race of the afternoon, finishing with a time of 8:56.7.

The Cougar novice eight crew (Stephanie Hinkle, Jessica Start, Erin Ranney, Alison Smith, Jennifer Hale, Josie Lallemand, Rachel Snodgrass, Brianne Gould, Heidi Kim - cox) finished eight seconds behind Oregon State, with a time of 8:00.5. The WSU second novice eight (Sam Story, Liana DeMaris, Annie Tomlinson, Teira Graham, Victoria Bladwin, Lindsey Nichols, Kaitlan Foster, Alex Swayne, Whitney Welch - cox) outstroked its Beaver counterparts by 21 seconds, finishing with a time of 8:21.9.

The Cougars will spend the next two weeks preparing for the Pacific-10 Championships, which will be held May 16 at Gold River, Calif. The Cougars can be followed all season long via the WSU Rowing blog, Tales from the Snake, which can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Oregon State vs. Washington State Results
Wawawai Landing, Snake River
May 1, 2010

Varsity 8+: 1. WSU 7:26.8; 2. OSU 7:42.9
Second Varsity 8+: 1. WSU 7:41.09; 2. OSU 8:06.79
Varsity 4+: 1. WSU-A 8:56.7; 2. OSU-A 9:06.6; WSU-B DNR; WSU-C DNR; OSU-B DNR
Novice 8+: 1. OSU 7:52.7; 2. WSU 8:00.5
Second Novice 8+: 1. WSU-A 8:21.9; 2. OSU 8:42.4; 3. WSU-B 9:04.0
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