The WSU women's rowing team, currently ranked 16th in the nation, held the lone home regatta of the season against Oregon State at Wawawai Landing, this past weekend.
The Cougars nearly completed a sweep of the Beavers with victories in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and novice eight events.
In the varsity eight race, the Cougars and Beavers both started strong, going neck-and-neck for the first 500 meters. However, the WSU crew (coxswain - Heidi Kim, Alison Smith, Emily Starkel, Jess Munro, Jennifer Hale, Liz England, Sarah Powell, Elise Jones, bow - Lisa Roman) began to pull away in the middle of the race. But Oregon State would not go down without a fight and closed the gap as the teams neared the finish line. When the results came in, the Cougars had held on to first place with a time of 6:50.39, three seconds ahead of OSU in a time of 6:53.72.
The victory gave the Cougars rights to the Crawford Perpetual Plate, named after WSU's first head rowing coach, Tammy Crawford, which is award to the top varsity eight boat. In addition, WSU garnered the Winchell Cup, named after 11-year novice coach, Jodi Winchell, which is awarded to the team with the highest point total. Points are awarded based on each boat's finish and is weighted with the most points available in the varsity eight race. This marks the third-straight year the Cougars have garnered the pair of awards, and four of the last five matchups with the Beavers.
"It was a good day of racing," Head Coach Jane LaRiviere said. "All of our top boats secured wins and I was very pleased with how the day went. It was nice to have a home event and the crowd and weather made it a lot of fun."
WSU's second varsity eight (coxswain - Emily Boquet, Kendall Boliba, Allie Reilly, Katie Dick, Alex Waddell, Hannah deVos, Mollie McCabe, Kayla Wakulich, bow - Liana DeMaris) faced a lone Oregon State boat in the second varsity eight race. The Cougar's finished in a time of 6:59.17, outpacing the Beavers that finished in 7:11.32.
The Cougars launched three boats in the varsity four event, with WSU's "A" squad (coxswain - Rachel Johnson, Mickey Aylard, Gina Head, Ashlee Bonahoom, bow - Carly Johnson) clocking a first-place finish in a time of 7:50.41, while Oregon State's lone four finished in 7:57.58. Washington State's "B" boat (coxswain - Sarah Wu, Brianne Gould,Stephanie Hinkle, Kasia Rademacher, bow - Rachel Snodgrass) finished in 8:12.71, 11 seconds behind WSU's "C" boat (coxswain - Sydney Frederick, Erin Ranney, Alyssa Rumann, Samantha Hoeper, bow - Ella Odland) that finished in 8:01.73.
In the novice eight-event Oregon State jumped out to an early lead, but the Cougars (coxswain - Raeanne Marks, Andi Yoxsimer, Johanna Walther, Kellen Srb, Noel Christiansen, Erin Schuster, Courtney Hammer, Carter Marks, bow - Megan McDonald) quickly matched the Beavers and pulled ahead. Washington State finished in a time of 7:19.3, over 17 seconds ahead of Oregon State in 7:36.6.
Saturday's racing also included a second novice eight event. WSU launched a pair of eights against a lone Oregon State boat. WSU's "B" boat (coxswain - Raeanne Marks, Andi Yoxsimer, Johanna Walther, Erin Schuster, Courtney Hammer, Chloe Payne, Julia Monroe, Jordan Pritchard, bow - Hannah Morrison) finished in second place with a time of 7:46.8. The "B" boat was followed be the Cougar "A" boat (coxswain - Hannah Piazza, Marrisa Dormaier, Sydney Ferryman, Krista Lizardi, Alex Vaughn, Molly Cullwell, Erin Manhardt, Kelly Heagerty, bow - Lauren Powell) with a time of 7:48.1.
The Cougars will take a week off from racing for WSU's graduation and will return to action Sunday, May 13 at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif., for the Pac-12 Championships.