Big Thank You to Anonymous Alum!
Commodore William Miedema 'cleaning' with new bumper weights
Dear Anonymous Alumni (we know you are female!),
All of Cougar Crew would like to thank you for buying us these new bumper plates for our strength training! Not only did we desperately need more weight plates, but these rubber ones will keep us from getting complaints from our neighbors below for "dropping" after our lifts. We are stronger and faster because of you, and safer too. We will always remember the generosity of our alumni!
Treasurer Joe Lillis posing with the new weight set
Head of the Snake Cancelled
The Head of the Snake regatta has been cancelled due to high winds.
Strong Effort Not Enough for Cougar Crew at Head of the Lake RegattaJaz Gill11/4/13
Men's Lightweight 8+
After an interesting turn of events at the DARE Duel Saturday, Cougar Crew participated in the annual Head of the Lake Regatta in Seattle. The 4,800 meter head racing began with the men’s varsity eight event at 8:00 AM. The Cougar fleet consisted of three varsity eights, the varsity lightweight women’s eight, and two alumni boats.
The men’s varsity eight kicked off the regatta for Cougar Crew. Despite some issues with the course, the Cougars were able to pull together for a finishing time of 17:04. They placed ahead of the University of British Columbia for an overall fifth place finish. The lightweight eight faced tough competition in the junior varsity eight event. The Cougar lightweights finished ahead of Lewis and Clark College with an overall time of 18:15 in seventh place. Sophomore political science major Jeff Arnevick reflected, “After going through the Montlake Cut and hearing people cheer, "Go... Cougs!!", inspired us to really dig deep the rest of the race.” Beating three crews, the third varsity eight also took the seventh place spot in their race. Their time of 18:26 includes them having to stop rowing completely due to course issues by other crews.
The varsity lightweight women were entered into the open weight third varsity women’s eight event. The ladies fought hard throughout the race, completing the course in 21:54. They were able to secure the 9th spot, ahead of Gonzaga, UBC, and Seattle University. The alumni boats were entered into men’s master’s 8+ and 4+ events. The alumni eight consisted of eight lightweight Cougar Crew alumni rowers coxed by Caitlin Aldrich. Their overall time for the course was 19:56. The highlight of the day for Cougar Crew alumni was the 4+ taking the first place finish in their event. They crossed the line with an overall time of 19:14, over 8 seconds ahead of the second place crew. The Cougar Crew alums had another champion on Sunday as former coxswain Nichole Martin led her Lake Union crew to victory in the Men's Masters 8+ event in a time of 16:57.
Cox: Ashley Vomund, John Gehring, Curtis Treiber, Alex Weatbrook, Max Vaughn, Josh Benson, William Miedema, John Dorscher, David Herrick
Cox: Hayden Wise, Jake Brisson, Kenji Thompson, Jeff Arnevick, Austin Ebert, Jaz Gill, Michael Sheremet, Griffin Berger, Joe Lillis
Cox: Alyssa Kodoma, Matt Brady, John Dingman, August Boyle, Adam Ziegler, Trevor Paul, Camilo Orozco, Ryan Haaland, Zach Jensen
Cox: Robin Weigel, Shayla Boyle, Bre Trimble, Allison Thomas, Sarah Doumit, Ashley Vu, Sami Wilson, Teresa Nguyen, Simone Parker
Alum Lwt 8+
Cox: Caitlin Aldrich, Kramer Wahlberg, Jake Logar, Mark Hoffman, Sean Martin, Brian Chapman, Garrett Heiman, Dan Thayer, Keith Sullivan
Cox: Caitlin Aldrich, Orion McCabe-Gould, Josh Wadagnolo, Giles Dakin-White, Joe Sudar
Cougars Pull through White Caps to Victory against the VikingsJaz Gill11/3/13
The weather in Bellingham on Lake Whatcom heavily influenced the results of the 6th annual WWU DARE Duel. The varsity race was originally planned to be 6,500m around the island on the lake. The race, starting at 8:30 AM, was cut down to a 3,500 straight course race. To help ensure safety of the crews and boats, the coaches decided to only allow the crews to row by four at a time. The relentless crashing waves caused Western’s first varsity eight and the Cougars’ third varsity eight to swamp.
The coaches acted quickly to get all of the rowers and boats back to shore safely. Among the excitement of the race, finishing times were not taken for the 3 boats that finished the race. WSU’s first varsity eight finished the race first. The second varsity (lightweight) eight followed about 2 boat lengths behind. The Viking second varsity boat finished a few lengths behind them.
When asked about his experience, junior construction management major Trevor Paul commented, "That race was one that I will never forget. For the record our swamped boat made it farther than theirs. Getting rescued with the Western guys was a good bonding experience." The novice 3,500m race was cancelled because of the rough water conditions.
The Cougars final fall race will take place on Wawawai Landing on November 16th against Gonzaga.
Cougar Crew Westbound for more Head Racing!Jaz Gill11/1/13
2012 Men's Varsity 8+ racing at Head of the Lake
Cougar Crew has a full weekend of racing coming up. The men’s crew will be in full force racing against Western Washington University (WWU) on Lake Whatcom on Saturday November 2nd. The following day, the varsity lightweight women and Cougar Crew alumni will join the fleet on the Montlake Cut for the Head of the Lake.
The WWU DARE Duel will consist of a 6,500 meter race for the varsity and 3,500 meters for the novice men. Last year the team hosted WWU on the Snake River. Over the 5k course, Cougar Crew swept the field on all levels. This year the Cougars look to find similar success against the Vikings. The varsity and novice are putting forth 3 solid eights. The second varsity boat consists of 8 lightweight men looking to show what they can do out on the water. “I hope that the varsity lightweight eight has an excellent debut as the 2V that sets the tone for the rest of the fall and upcoming spring season,” remarks sophomore biology major, Jake Brisson.
The Head of the Lake is the biggest regatta for fall head racing on the west coast. The regatta is hosted by the University of Washington and the Lake Washington Rowing Club. The 5,000 meter head race starts on Lake Union, goes east through the Montlake Cut, and finishes near UW’s Conibear Shellhouse. The Cougars have three men’s varsity eights and the varsity lightweight women’s eight racing Sunday. This regatta is a great opportunity to race against other teams around the west coast. Majoring in management and operations, sophomore Allison Thomas commented, “I think we have a lot of potential to do well this weekend, especially coming off last week’s race. “ Cougar Crew alumni will be racing in the masters category in an eight and a four.
DARE Dual: Schedule
Head of the Lake: Schedule
, boats launching from Lake Union boathouse
, watch the race from UW
Cougar Crew Shows Depth at Season OpenerJaz Gill and Samantha Wilson10/27/13
Men's Novice A
Cool temperature and flat water made for ideal racing conditions at Saturday’s Head of the Spokane. The racing began with the varsity men at 9:00 AM. For each heat, the boats were called up to the starting line 15 seconds apart.
The Cougars were matched with fierce competition by the Bulldogs. The first varsity 8 followed within a 9 second margin to Gonzaga’s time of 15:28. That was the fastest time of the day overall. “We beat our expectations and improved from last year. I’m looking forward to more opportunities during the rest of the fall season,” remarked junior finance major, Max Vaughn. The second varsity 8 posted a time of 16:19, which was 19 seconds off Gonzaga. The third varsity 8 finished with a time of 17:37. Head coach Arthur Ericsson commented, “our lineups just started clicking this week so it was good to see them all show promise during today’s test. I am confident we will be able to develop these new lineups over the next 3 weeks to fully capitalize on our fall season.”
The novice men also had 3 eights battling the Bulldogs today. The novice A crossed the finish line in 17:28. Not far behind them, the novice B finished with a time of 17:57. The novice C posted a time of 19:47. Novice coach Giles Dakin-White mentioned, “today’s race showed us where the competition is and where we need to be.”
The Lightweight Women had three great races at Head of the Spokane. There were two novice boats at racing today. The first novice boat had an exceptional time of 22:32. The second novice boat had an amazing time of 24:21. Katie Shadler (novice) who raced in both boats says, "I think that it was definitely a learning experience for all of us from trying to set the boat to getting through the numerous crabs that we encountered. But overall I feel that we were able to get focused and work as a team through the kinks by continuing to move forward and push through to the end. These races today I feel are really going to help us prepare and improve in races to come and I look forward to see what we can do this season". The varsity women's final time was 19:43. This is the fastest time the lightweights have had so far in the program. Robin, the varsity coxswain said, "today's race was really positive, the girls rowed well, the boat moved fast and we had no hold ups. I can't wait to see how we'll we do next week!" Next weekend our varsity women will be heading to Seattle to race in the Head of the Lake. This is the most competitive race of the fall season. Please come show your support! We will be looking forward to seeing you!
Cougar Crew Dives into Season Opener at Head of the SpokaneBy Jaz Gill10/25/13
Saturday, October 26th Cougar Crew takes on Gonzaga at the Head of the Spokane. This annual event is a 5,000 meter head race starting at 9:00 AM on the Spokane River.
This will be the first race of the season for the Cougars who have been training since school started in late August. Both the varsity and novice men are fielding three eights, which is deeper than last year's entries. Last year at this same event, the men's varsity 8 fell short to the Bulldogs by a 14 second margin. Senior oarsman David Herrick, majoring in psychology, commented on the varsity 8, "I am confident in the boat. We are rowing well together and have better chemistry. I think we will have a better showing than last year." Head Coach Arthur Ericsson added, "we have approached our training differently this fall. It will be interesting to see if that has an impact, and as always, what the margins are between our own WSU entries."
This is also the first fall race of the season for the lightweight women. Varsity is looking for a fast time and good preparation for Head of the Lake, which is their biggest race of the fall season the following weekend. Novice coxswain Kiera said, “I am excited about the race and I am confident that we will do well as a team because of all the effort we have been putting out during practices. We all respond to stress and row a little differently, but we will come together as a team and push each other to success. At the first race as a novice boat, I want to push us hard and set our standard high!” This is the first year we have a promising roster size. We have two fast novice boats and a solid experience in the varsity 8. As a team we are all super excited to see what we can accomplish during this race and throughout the upcoming season.
9:00am: Men's Varsity 8+, 2V8+, 3V8+
9:15am: Women's Lightweight Varsity 8+, Novice 8+ A
10:30am: Men's Novice 8+ A, B, C
10:45am: Women's Lightweight Novice 8+ B
to Head of the Spokane
Cougar Crew ROW POCALYPSEBy Jaz Gill10/3/13
Starting at 9:00am on Saturday, October 5th, members of WSU Cougar Crew, Men's Crew and Women's Lightweight Rowing will be divided up into teams of six and compete against each other in the first ever ROW POCALYPSE. During the 24 hour period that follows, teams will be assigned to one erg (rowing machine) with each team member required to row for an equal amount of time, four hours each. Each team can strategize when and how often to switch places on the rowing machine.
Each team will set up "camp" in the SRC backyard, taking naps in tents. They will also be setting up study tables so that they can support their teammates while also get homework done.
The goal of the event is to impress family and friends in hopes that they will make a donation
to the team. The team has always done a 24 hour row-a-thon before, but it has always taken place during the daytime over two separate days.
Head Coach Arthur Ericsson commented, "We thought about having less people per team, but as the length of the shifts get shorter, the intensity has to be that much higher. This will be a real test of mental and physical endurance. By the time it gets dark we'll already have been going at it for ten hours. People are really going to have to step it up during the long cold dark night."
Recent Cougar Crew Alum brings back Gold from the US Rowing Club National ChampionshipsBy Jaz Gill8/5/13
Current Cougar Crew erg 2,000 meter erg record holder and recent alumni, Orion McCabe-Gould was invited to row with Penn AC this summer. Orion accepted the invitation in order to continue competing in a high level rowing environment. He found significant success at the national level. Orion was a vital part of a senior men’s straight four that won their event and a senior men’s 8+ took the silver medal in that event. The races were held on the Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey from July 10-14th.
Orion (2nd from right) and the 4- crew
Orion commented, “I really like straight fours. They require a lot of cooperation and communication between the rowers and it is the easiest test to see who can pull hard without any extra motivation from a coxswain.” Orion’s 4- crew advanced to the finals, despite a slow start in their heat. The crew stayed ahead of the competition throughout the race and posted a time of 6:51.34. They edged out two Wisconsin boats by a 1.1 second margin.
The senior 8+ event was a final only. The boat lineup had not previously rowed together prior to the race. Also, an hour and a half prior to the race, the stern 4 took gold in the intermediate men’s 4+ final. Wisconsin’s top 8+ took an early lead and maintained a half a boat length advantage through the 1,000 meter mark. Despite big moves from Penn AC, Wisconsin held onto the lead solidifying a first place finish. Orion’s crew took silver with a time of 5:50.2.
Congratulations on these achievements Orion!
Men’s Crew Wins at National ChampionshipBy William Miedema5/27/13
Novice Lwt 4+ crossing the finish line
Washington State University (WSU) Men’s Crew novice lightweight 4+ took first in their event. This marks the first time in 33 years that the Cougars have won a national championship and their first American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) title.
The varsity 4+ took 7th place in their petite final event, beating out 8th place Rochester by 0.3 seconds. The varsity 4+ ended up placing 14th out of 23 teams, the largest field of the regatta. After a hard fought petite finals race the varsity 8+ finished 3rd, less than 4 seconds behind 2nd place Notre Dame. The varsity 8+ beat their original 13th place seeding by 2 to finish 11th overall, one notch better than last year’s 12th place finish. “It was another close battle with UCLA, but unfortunately we weren’t able to hang with them in the last 750 meters of the race,” said 2 seat Paul Lund.
The highlight of this weekend’s racing was the novice lightweight 4+ event in which the top seeded Cougars took an early lead over the competition, which they maintained over the course of the race, finishing nearly 8 seconds over 2nd place Michigan. Novice coach Giles Dakin-White said, “I’m obviously very pleased with the performance of our lightweights who won their event with authority. This result is the product of the very strong lightweight group we have this year and hopefully will be a stepping stone to further lightweight success.”
The novice openweight 4+ also had a strong showing this weekend finishing 4th in their grand final event, only 2 seconds behind 3rd place west coast powerhouse Orange Coast College. Bow seat Zach Jensen said, “I was happy with our time and thought we raced well this past weekend.”
Men’s Crew Headed to National ChampionshipsBy William Miedema5/23/13
This coming weekend, May 25th and 26th, the Washington State University (WSU) Men’s Crew team will be competing in the 6th annual American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) National Championship, on Lake Lanier, Gainesville, Georgia. Lake Lanier was the location for rowing during the 1996 Atlanta, Georgia Olympic Games.
WSU will be entering boats in four events: the varsity 8+, varsity 4+, novice 4+, and novice lightweight 4+. The first event for the Cougars will be the novice lightweight 4+ second heat at 9:38 AM in which they will be competing against Lafayette, Michigan, Texas, and Seattle. The top three teams from the heat will go on to compete in the grand finals on Sunday at 11:22 AM. The novice 4+ will be racing next at 10:06 AM against Liberty, Iowa, Orange Coast, Michigan State, and Chicago. The top two teams from this heat will move on to the grand final race at 11:45 AM on Sunday. The varsity 4+ race at 11:30 AM against Texas, Rochester, Virginia, Michigan State, and Kansas. The top three teams will move on to one of the semi-finals either at 8:07 or 8:14 AM Sunday in which the top four from each heat will move onto grand finals at 12:45 PM later that day. The varsity 8+ heats race is at 12:33 PM against Santa Barbara, Virginia, Vermont, Minnesota, and Wichita State. The top three teams will move onto one of the semi-final races at either 8:21 or 8:28 AM Sunday in which the top four boats from each heat will qualify for grand finals at 1:15 PM.
The Cougars have placed at least one crew in the grand finals every year since the creation of ACRA’s. Head Coach Arthur Ericsson is optimistic about this weekend’s racing and had this to say, “The goal is always to peak for the final race of the season; I am confident that all of our crews will bring their best to the national championship.”
Varsity 8+: 1- David Herrick, Paul Lund, William Miedema, Orion McCabe-Gould, Chris Kimball, Alex Weatbrook, Max Vaughn, 8- Eric DeMaris, C- Danielle Mertens
Varsity 4+: 1- Curtis Trieber, John Gehring, Tyler Larson, 4- Kevin Harris, C- Kammi Moniz
Novice Lwt 4+: 1- Jake Brisson, Micheal Sheremet, David Kessler, 4- Jeff Arnevick, C- Hayden Wise
Novice 4+: 1- Zach Jensen, Josh Benson, Alex Dugan, 4- Matt Brady, C- Ashley Vormund
Varsity 8+ at 2012 ACRA Nat'l Championships