No. 11 WSU Rowing Finishes Sixth at Pac-10 Championships

May 16, 2010

GOLD RIVER, Calif. - Led by a fourth-place finish by the varsity eight, 11th-ranked Washington State University women's rowing placed sixth at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships Sunday at Lake Natoma near Sacramento, Calif.

'The second varsity eight did a good job,' WSU head coach Jane LaRiviere said. 'They closed the margins and had a really good performance.'

The Cougars finished in sixth place with 17.5 points. For the third-consecutive season, California took home the team title with 39.5 points, just edging out Stanford which finished with 39 points. The Golden Bears have won six conference titles in the last seven years. Washington finished third (31.5 points), followed by USC (24.5 points) and UCLA (22 points). Oregon State placed seventh with eight points.

The Cougars' best finish of the day came courtesy of the second varsity eight (Erika Jorgensen, Danya Levesque, Corinna Sharick, Erica Lewis, Liz England, Christina Kinck, Crystal Martin, Natasha Ostopovich, Lexi Ryman -cox) which placed fourth in a time of 6:52.8. Stanford was first in the race with a time of 6:44.8, followed by Washington (6:48.9) and California (6:50.6). USC came in fifth, just over six seconds behind WSU (6:59.0), followed by UCLA (7:00.8) and Oregon State (7:02.7).

WSU's varsity eight (Kyann Martin, Hannah Rothstrom, Justine Galbraith, Allie Reilly, Irena Neffeova, Lisa Roman, Katie Dick, Sarah Wolff, Corina Chilibeck -cox) finished sixth with a time of 6:46.8, just over one-and-a-half seconds behind fifth-place Washington. California beat out Stanford with a time of 6:29.9, to take home the gold medal. Stanford was less than a second behind at 6:30.8. USC placed third (6:36.6), followed by UCLA in fourth (6:43.6).

The novice eight (Stephanie Hinkle, Jessica Start, Erin Ranney, Alison Smith, Jennifer Hale, Josie Lallemand, Rachel Snodgrass, Brianne Gould, Heidi Kim -cox) provided a fifth-place finish for the Cougs, notching a time of 7:06.2. Washington rowed to victory in the event with a time of 6:53.7.

In the varsity four, WSU (Sarah Powell, Katie Wollstein, Lauren Johnson, Annie Eastwood, Cayla Ravancho -cox) finished seventh with a time of 7:48.4. Washington won the event with a time of 7:28.1.

Last season the Cougars finished sixth at the Pac-10 Championships as a team as the varsity eight and second varsity eight finished sixth, the varsity four seventh and the novice eight fourth.

The Cougars will now await the selections for the NCAA Rowing Championships which WSU will host at Lake Natoma May 28-30. The selections will be announced by the NCAA Tuesday, May 18.

Pacific-10 Championship
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Final Results

Women's Team Scores
1. California - 39.5
2. Stanford - 39
3. Washington - 31.5
4. USC - 24.5
5. UCLA - 22
6. Washington State - 17.5
7. Oregon State - 8

Women's Varsity Eight
1. California - 6:29.9
2. Stanford - 6:30.8
3. USC - 6:36.6
4. UCLA - 6:43.6
5. Washington - 6:45.0
6. Washington State - 6:46.8
7. Oregon State - 6:52.2

Women's Second Varsity Eight
1. Stanford - 6:44.8
2. Washington - 6:48.9
3. California - 6:50.6
4. Washington State - 6:52.8
5. USC - 6:59.0
6. UCLA - 7:00.8
7. Oregon State - 7:02.7

Women's Varsity Four
1. Washington - 7:28.1
2. California - 7:35.0
3. UCLA - 7:36.1
4. Stanford - 7:38.8
5. USC - 7:40.3
6. Washington State - 7:48.4
7. Oregon State - 7:50.5

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