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Rowing opens the fall North of the Border at the Burnaby Small Boat Invitational

Sep 29, 2022

BURNABY, B.C. – The Washington State women's rowing team is set to head North of the Border this Saturday, Oct. 1, as the Cougars will compete in the 11th Annual Burnaby Small Boat Invitational to kick off the 2022 fall season. The regatta will take place at Burnaby Lake in Burnaby, British Columbia, with races starting at 9 a.m. PT.

It will be the first time since the fall of 2019 that the Cougars will compete at the Burnaby Small Boat Invitational. The regatta will feature pairs and single sculls competing in a 4-kilometer time-trailed race. The top six boats advance to a final 250-meter sprint to race for the title of Regatta Champion.

"I'm really excited to return to Burnaby, it's always been a really fun regatta," said WSU Women's Rowing Head Coach Jane LaRiviere. "The team gets a lot out of it because we get to spend a fair amount of time in the small boats during the fall. It will be nice to measure ourselves against other schools. It should be fun."

Washington State will be taking three single sculls and eight pairs. Races for the singles begin at 9 a.m. PT, while the pairs races take place at 10:15 a.m. PT. The 250-meter sprints will start at 1:30 p.m. PT. Check the WSU Rowing Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages Saturday morning for boat lineups.

Fans can follow all the action at the 11th Annual Burnaby Small Boat Invitational at RegattaCentral.com.

WSU has spent the last few weeks training at Wawawai Landing for the Burnaby. Washington State has had to battle the elements of the Snake River in preparation for this week's regatta, but the head coach feels her team is ready for racing.

"To be honest, there have been a lot of barges and cruise ships on the water and the wind has been up. So, we haven't been able to get into the pairs as much as we have in other years. We're getting in a nice mix of eights and fours, along with some pairs at practice. I feel like we've been getting the conditioning done, which is the important part. At this point in the year, that's what it is really all about."

The last time Washington State made the trip North of the Border to compete at the Burnaby Small Boast Invitational came during the 2019-20 season. That year, the Cougars placed five boats in the pairs 250-meter sprint final, with the duo of Emma Gribbon and Gabby Hannen taking the title of Regatta Champion.

For more information on the Washington State rowing team, follow @WSUCougarRowing on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.