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Rowing Has Strong Showing at First Regatta of the Fall

Oct 23, 2021

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Washington State rowing team had two varsity eight boats post a top-five finish at the Head of the Spokane, as the Cougars competed in their first fall regatta since 2019.

WSU's 1V8 boat clocked in at 16:39 to finish second place in the first flight's varsity eight race at the Head of the Spokane. The Cougars 1V8 boat finished 10 seconds ahead of third-place Gonzaga and 30 seconds in front of the Washington State 2V8 boat. Oregon State won the varisty eight race with a time of 16:24.

"It was a great day for racing," said WSU rowing head coach Jane Lariviere. "The weather held up and conditions were perfect. The team was excited to finally get a fall race in. Thanks to Gonzaga for hosting a great event and thanks to Oregon State and Loyola Marymount for making the trip up."

The Cougar's varsity 4-A boat and novice boats rounded out the morning's first flight. The WSU 4V-A boat clocked in at 19:28 to finish first in the heat and WSU's novice boat finished with a time of 19:29.

Washington State's 3V8 boat posted a fourth-place finish to open the second flight's 8+ race. The Coug's third eight varsity eight boat clocked in at 19:34, while WSU's second novice eight clocked in at 22:59.

Kateryna Maistrenko and Lucy Climer-Kennedy guided WSU's B pairs boat to a third-place finish, as the Cougar duo clocked in at 20:28.  Gabby Hannen and Caitlin Donaldson finished fifth after crossing the finish line at 20:34.

Washington State will be back in action next Saturday, Oct. 30, as the Cougars head to the Golden State to race against Cal.

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