The WSU women’s rowing team finished their fall season Sunday in the 31st annual Head
of the Lake Regatta.
WSU beat the University of Washington (UW) teams in three of the five races at the event.
The best race for the Cougars during the regatta was the Collegiate Women’s JV 8+. The WSU JV eight, which featured Kayla Wakulich, Sarah Powell, Kendall Boliba, Emily Starkel, Elise Jones, Sarah Wolff, Kasia Rademacher and Mickey Aylard in the bow with Heidi Kim as coxswain, took first place.
The team completed the course in 18:04. This was the first time that the WSU JV eight has beaten UW at the Head of the Lake Regatta under the coaching of Jane LeRiviere. The UW JV eight completed the course ten seconds behind WSU with a time of 18:14.
Both of the WSU varsity four teams beat UW in the Women’s Collegiate 4+ race. The Cougars varsity four boat A had the fastest collegiate time of the event with 20:41.
WSU's varsity four boat A featured Liana Demaris, Rachel Snodgrass, Alex Waddell and Carly Johnson in the bow with Emily Boquet as coxswain. The Cougars varsity four boat B finished the course three seconds later with a time of 20:44. The WSU varsity four boat B featured Kerry Hassall, Jess Munro, Stephanie Hinkle and Ashlee Bonahoom in the bow with Lexi Ryman as coxswain. UW finished almost a minute after the WSU teams with a time of 21:30 for the race.
In the Championship Women’s Varsity 8+, the Cougars did well but did not beat UW. The WSU varsity eight featured Alison Smith, Lisa Roman, Liz England, Mollie McCabe, Katie Dick, Allie Reilly, Hannah DeVos and Jennifer Hale in the bow with Rachel Johnson as coxswain.
The team finished the race five seconds behind UW, taking second place with a time of 17:56. UW had a time of 17:51 for the race. The Cougars beat Seattle University in the event. Seattle University completed the race with a time of 21:33.
During the regatta, WSU also raced a third varsity eight that featured Alyssa Rumann, Samantha Hoeper, Kelsey Lounsbury, Martha Jackson, Jess Munro, Kerry Hassall, Ashlee Bonahoom and Noel Christiansen in the bow with Sarah Wu as coxswain.
The team completed the race in 19:04, taking second place behind UW’s third varsity eight boat A that won with a time of 18:47. However, the Cougars third varsity eight did beat the Husky boats B, C and D in the event.
The 2012 Women’s rowing spring season will begin March 24 with Class Day races at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River.