No. 16 Cougs Battle No. 19 Beavers this Saturday at Wawawai Landing
PULLMAN, Wash. – The No. 16-ranked Washington State rowing team host its final regular season regatta of the spring this Saturday, May 1, as the Cougars host No. 19-ranked Oregon State. The first race against the Beavers from Wawawai Landing is set for 7 a.m. PT. Times are subject to change.
The Cougars return to the Snake River after a successful two-regatta road trip at the Pac-12 Invitational in Las Vegas and the Big Ten Invitational in Bethel, Ohio. The strong performance at the two regattas have helped WSU elevate to No. 16 in the Pocock/CRCA Poll. It will be a battle between top-20 teams at Wawawai Landing this Saturday, as Oregon State comes in at No. 19 in this week's poll.
It will be the second time that the Jodi Winchell Cup and the Tammy Crawford Plate will be up for grabs this spring, as WSU and OSU previously raced back on March 20, with the Cougars claiming both. The Winchell Cup is giving annually to the overall winner of the dual regatta between WSU and OSU and is named after Washington State novice rowing coach Jody Winchell. The Tammy Crawford Plate is a trophy that is presented annually to the winner of the WSU/OSU first varsity eight race, and is named after the former Cougar varsity rowing coach.
"It's been a very, very close battle the last couple of times against Oregon State," said head coach Jane LaRiviere. "There were only seconds separating us in the 1V8 race, and they had the upper-hand in the 2V8 race. "OSU has been closing the gap in the V4, but we've managed to squeak out a victory. It's going to be wire-to-wire (this Saturday) and we're expecting a huge battle. We're going to do our best to protect our home water."
The morning gets underway at 7 a.m. PT with the third varsity eight/novice eight race. The first varsity four race will get started at 7:15 a.m. PT, while the second varsity eight race will follow at 7:30 a.m. PT. The first varsity eight race will begin at 7:45 a.m. PT and the second varsity four and third varsity four race will close the regatta out at 8:00 a.m. PT. All race times are subject to change.
Washington State will also be saying goodbye to six seniors on Saturday, as Madeleine Bingham, Isabella Cristelli, Nora Hefte, Renee Kemp Abigail Linnenkohl and Sue Yu will be competing in their final race for WSU on the Snake River.
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