The WSU Women’s Rowing team will be racing against the University of Washington this Sunday in the Head of The Lake regatta.
The competing teams will be racing not just against each other but against the clock as well. The competition will be a head format where the boats will start at intervals.
The 3-mile course will start on Lake Union, pass through Montlake Cut and finish in Lake Washington. WSU will be competing against the University of Washington, Seattle University, Lewis & Clark College, Pacific Lutheran University, Portland State University, University of Victoria, Western Washington University and the University of British Columbia.
“We’ve kept the regatta’s simple, but I think effective,” Head Coach Jane LaRiviere. “I think every time we’ve raced, we’ve found a little bit of improvement.”
LaRiviere said that she thought the team has been motivated coming back from each of the previous competitions to work hard. The team is seeing some of the benefits from the conditioning and training programs, she said.
“Our real goal when we go to Seattle is to race the best that we possibly can,” she said. “And hopefully we’re competitive, and that’s the number one goal.”
The regatta this weekend will be an opportunity for the WSU team to compare themselves to other college programs, she said. It will give the team an idea of where they are at currently, giving them goal ideas for getting stronger and faster for the Spring season.
“(In) the head style race, (the teams) go off every 15 to 20 seconds one after another so it’s all against the clock,” LaRiviere said. “It really is just staying focused, keeping the power inside the boat and working as well as possible for as long as possible within the team.”
This week in practice, the team is trying out different combinations and line-ups, senior kinesiology major Sarah Powell said. For her boat in particular, Powell said they are going to work on their power more than their rate so that they will be able to sprint faster at the end of the race.
“I think my expectation is to go out and just really improve on the areas that have been our weakest points in other races,” she said. “We can’t control how fast UW goes … but we can control how fast we go and control our race.”