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
WSU Men’s Crew Races Against Some of the Nation’s Best at the PAC-12 ChampionshipsBy William Miedema5/21/13
This past weekend the Washington State University (WSU) Men’s Crew competed in the Pacific Athletic Conference (PAC-12) Championships on Lake Natoma, Sacramento, California. Race conditions were clear in the low to mid 80’s, with a slight chop and a head/cross wind.
The novice 8+ finished 5th in their grand final race with a time of 6:32.8, beating out 6th place Stanford by nearly 17 seconds, but fell short of 4th place Colorado after a hard fought battle by less than 3 seconds. The varsity 4+ was able to take fourth place with a time of 7:23.6, finishing nearly 9 seconds ahead of 5th place Stanford. The varsity 8+ wrapped up racing for the Cougars with a 5th place finish with a 6:28.7, roughly 30 seconds ahead of American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) rival Colorado.
The varsity 4+ also raced for the first time as a lineup on Saturday in the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships (PCRC) in which they took 5th place, over 5 seconds ahead of 6th place Santa Clara University.
Head coach Arthur Ericsson had this to say about the weekends racing, “My main goal of this race was for the team to find themselves emotionally so that we can show up to nationals next weekend not just a faster crew, but ready to be as fast as possible. It's never too late for greatness to come to the fore.”
Next weekend (May 25th and 26th) the Cougars will be headed to Lake Lanier, Gainesville, Georgia for the ACRA National Championships.
Men’s Crew Headed to PAC-12 ChampionshipsBy William Miedema5/17/13
Sunday May 19th Washington State University Men’s Crew will be competing in the Pacific Athletic Conference (PAC -12) Championships. The PAC-12 Championships will be taking place on Lake Natoma, Sacramento, California. Weather conditions for the race are expected to be clear, with temperatures reaching the high 80’s.
All races will be grand finals only format and will begin at 9:00 AM with the women’s novice 8+ event and conclude by 10:45 AM with the men’s varsity 8+ event. This year the Cougars will be sending three boats to PAC-12’s the men’s novice 8+, men’s varsity 4+, and men’s varsity 8+.
Last year the varsity 8+ took 6th out of 7, beating out University of Colorado, but falling 0.2 seconds short of University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). This year however UCLA will not be competing so the field will be limited to only six teams for the varsity event.
The men’s varsity 4+ will also be competing on Saturday May 18th in the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships (PCRC), where they will be racing in the men’s college four grand final event at 1:30 PM. The MV4+ event will include fellow PAC-12 teams such as University of Washington and University of California Berkley, but also nonconference teams such as Santa Clara and Sacramento State.
The V8+, V4+, NL4+ and N4+ post-season squads
Men’s Crew Competes at Opening DayBy William Miedema5/6/13
Saturday, May 4th, WSU Men’s Crew top varsity and novice eights competed in the Opening Day Regatta on the Mountlake Cut, Seattle, Washington. The Opening Day Regatta has been a major part of the Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day ceremonies since 1987. This year marked the third year in a row that WSU competed in the regatta.
The first race for WSU was at 10:34 with the men’s collegiate open eight event, in which the Cougars took 3rd of 4 teams, finishing with a time of 6:29, about 3 seconds behind the second place finisher, University of British Columbia. The Cougars second and final race of the day started at 11:05 with the men’s freshman collegiate eight event, where the novice finished 4th of 4 with a time of 6:46. Head Coach Arthur Ericsson had this to say about Saturday’s race, “It was good that we had British Columbia as a rabbit to chase. We gained more valuable race experience and it was most enjoyable event.”
The Cougars will continue to prepare for the upcoming Pac-12 Championship Regatta held on Lake Natoma, Sacramento, California May 19th.
Men’s Crew Heads to Opening DayBy William Miedema5/4/13
V8+ during the 2013 Opening Day Regatta
On May 4th, the WSU Men’s Crew team will begin their season with the Opening Day Regatta. This will be the third year in a row the Cougars have competed in the Opening Day Regatta, part of the Opening Day Ceremonies, which marks the start of the Seattle yachting season. The regatta takes place on the Montlake Cut, Seattle, Washington.
The Cougars will be sending two boats, the varsity eight who will be racing at 10:34AM and the novice eight who will be racing at 11:05. The varsity eight will be competing in the men’s college open eight division against University of British Columbia, University of Washington, Oregon State University, and Pocock Rowing Center. The novice eight will be competing in the men’s freshman eight event against University of Washington “A”, University of Washington “B”, Oregon State University, and University of Victoria.
1 Tyler Larson,
2 Curtis Treiber,
3 Max Vaughn,
4 Alex Weatbrook,
5 Orion McCabe-Gould,
6 William Miedema,
7 John Gehring,
8 David Herrick,
C Danielle Mertens
1 Zach Jensen,
2 John Dorscher,
3 David Kessler,
4 Jake Brisson,
5 Alex Dugan,
6 Matt Brady,
7 Josh Benson,
8 Michael Sheremet,
C Alex Felton
Cougar Crew Wins Two Championship EventsBy William Miedema4/29/13
This past weekend Washington State University (WSU) Men’s and Lightweight Women’s Crew competed in the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Conference Championships. All races were held on Lake Natoma, Sacramento, California. Race conditions were calm, with the weather remaining clear and in the mid to high 80’s throughout the weekend.
Novice lwt 4+ cruising to victory
Saturday the men’s novice four took 5th out of 6 for their heat race and 6th of 7 in their third final, both times beating out University of California Davis. The novice eight was able to qualify for grand finals by placing 3rd in their heat race, pulling a 6:26.4. The second varsity was able to qualify for petite finals on Sunday finishing 4th place in their heat. The varsity eight qualified for grand finals taking 3rd in their heat with a time of 6:09.3, 0.3 seconds behind University of California Irvine. The varsity pair took 4th in their heat, qualifying for petite finals later that afternoon in which they also took 4th place.
Sunday’s racing began with the men’s novice lightweight four finals only event. The lightweight novice four (Austin Ebert, Jake Brisson, Michael Sheremet, Jeff Arnevick, Hayden Wise) won their event by 25 seconds over second place Orange Coast College. After the great finish by the novice lightweight four the men’s novice eight grand final event took place in which they took 5th out of 6, beating out funded program University of California San Diego. After the novice eight the second varsity eight was up in their petite final event. After a rocky race the second varsity lost a close battle for second place to University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) who pulled a 6:26.4, edging out the Cougars by 2/10th of a second. The final race of the day for the men was the varsity eight grand finals event.
Lightweights Bre Trimble and
Shayla Boyle won the Women's 2- event
The varsity eight came off of the line several seats down to early race leaders UCI, UCSB, and OCC. Throughout the race UCI and UCSB continued to pull away from the field while the Cougars battled it out with Western Washington University (WWU) and OCC for 4th place. By the thousand meter mark the Cougars had walked through WWU and were fighting for third with OCC and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), but by the 500 meter mark UCLA had walked away from WSU and OCC. In the final sprint OCC was able to hold off the Cougars who finished with a time of 6:14.3, 3 seconds behind OCC.
The lightweight women novice 4+ raced twice Saturday posting an 8:27.3 in heats and a 9:26.8 in their final. On Sunday, the Varsity 4+ put up a time of 8:30, with Stanford’s B boat approximately 12 second ahead. WSU’s women’s pair consisting of Shayla Boyle and Breanna Trimble posted a time of 8:32.1, taking first place by a boat length. For the pair, Shayla Boyle stated, “It was a solid race. This is something we’ve wanted since our race last year and being able to accomplish it with your best friend sitting behind you is very rewarding. It was a great race and great way to finish out our season.”
Cougar Crew Searches for Success in Conference ChampionshipBy Jaz Gill and Bre Trimble4/26/13
Cougar Crew looks to advance in its spring racing season this weekend at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championship regatta. This event is hosted by the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma near Rancho Cordova, CA. With heats and lane draws assigned, races are set to begin starting Saturday April 26 going through Sunday April 27. The Cougars will kick off racing with the men’s novice four at 9:10 AM going down the 2,000 meter course.
2V8 Racing at WIRA 2012
Coming off of a competitive battle with Gonzaga in Spokane last weekend, the guys are determined to find success at this regatta. Head coach Arthur Ericsson, “we’ve been flying just under the radar this year but if the collective will shows up on the starting line, I am confident that we will exceed our seedings.” The novice men are going into WIRAs with a similar drive as the varsity. “We are looking forward to the chance to test ourselves in the conference championship. The eight in particular is eager to reverse the result from last week’s Fawley Cup,” stated novice coach Giles Dakin White.
During the conference championship last year, the Cougars had two boats advance onto the grand finals. The varsity eight and novice eight both fell short of medaling positions. Cougar Crew found success in the lightweight women’s pair event. The pair raced in an open weight event and brought home a silver medal.
Lwt women 2- taking silver at WIRA 2012
The Lightweight Women are headed down to Sacramento, CA for their final regatta of their season. This year at WIRA they will be fielding boats in the Lightweight Varsity 4+, Novice 4+, and Pair 2- events. With their last race of record at the San Diego Crew Classic, the Lightweights are hoping to cap the year off with a few season best times as well as a good base to build off of going into the fall.
In the days leading up to the race, Coach Dan Thayer said that “racing is fun and this weekend really gives them a great 2k experience. I’m really looking forward to cheering the athletes on”. Training all season for this weekend, the Lightweights are focused and excited to see what the competition brings to the regatta from the West Coast. Coxswain, Sidney Cross said that “she’s excited to have an event lined up with a lot of boats across” and anticipates to see how well her crew stacks up against Stanford’s two 4+’s that are entered to race in her event.
The Novice 4+ races on Saturday at 9:40am, while the Varsity 4+ races in a final only on Sunday at 9:30am, and the Pair 2- on Sunday as well at 9:00am.
As always, check out the Cougar Crew twitter feed for live race results throughout the weekend.
N4 Heats, 9:10am
2V8 Heats, 10:00am
1V8 Heats, 11:10am
N8 Heats, 11:40am
Pair Heats, 12:20pm
N Lwt 4 Final, 8:20am
Finals for the other events are determined upon results from the preliminary heats
WSU Men’s Crew Falls Short at Fawley Cup DualBy Jaz Gill4/20/13
Friday afternoon the Cougars headed to Medical Lake, Washington for the annual Fawley Cup Dual with Gonzaga University. Race conditions throughout the afternoon were overcast with a moderate cross tail wind.
V8+ racing in 2013 Fawley Cup
Racing began at 5:15pm with the second varsity event in which the WSU second varsity boat pulled a strong 6:20.1 2,000 meter piece, but fell short of Gonzaga by nearly nine seconds who pulled a 6:11.3. The second varsity gave up critical meters to Gonzaga due to a poor start, but they eventually found their rhythm and power which they were able to effectively apply to the remainder of the race. The next race was the priority event, which decides the winner of the Fawley Cup Trophy, the men’s varsity eight event. Both varsity eights had strong starts, but within several hundred meters Gonzaga had gained approximately two seats on the Cougars. The Cougars were able to take a slight one seat lead within the second 500 but lost it by midrace when Gonzaga was able to make a powerful move to which the Cougars weren’t able to counter. From the 1,000 meter mark through the finish Gonzaga was able to open their lead to about one boat length over the Cougars. Head coach, Arthur Ericsson, had this to say about the varsity and second varsity races, “The V8 was not able to settle into cadence pace and as a result could only try to hang on by the 1,000 meter mark. The 2V8 established good rhythm but they gave up precious ground off the starting line.”
In the novice eight event, WSU was up on Gonzaga off the start line and was still within half a length at 800m. The two crews drifted into each others water and Gonzaga emerged from the slight clash with a length lead which they maintained mostly to the finish line, winning by a length and a half, 6:21.7 compared to the Cougars 6:28.1. Following the novice eight event was the novice four and WSU pair event. In the mixed race was one Gonzaga novice four, two WSU fours, and one WSU varsity pair. The pair was placed in this race as an exhibition event, since Gonzaga was unable to field a pair to compete with the WSU pair. Once again the Cougars fell short to Gonzaga, who were able to finish the course in 7:22.5 compared to WSU’s novice “A” four which finished in 7:28.7. The pair was able to hang with the fours for the first 1,000 meters of the race until ultimately falling behind the top two fours, but were able to hang on and beat the novice “B” four across the line with a time of 8:01.6 nearly six seconds faster than the novice “B” four.
WSU Men’s Crew Headed to Spokane for Fawley CupBy William Miedema4/18/13
V8+ racing in 2012 Fawley Cup vs Gonzaga
This Friday, April 19, the Cougars are headed to Spokane to take on Gonzaga University (GU) Bulldogs in the annual Fawley Cup Dual at Silver Lake
. The 2,000 meter races are scheduled to begin at 5:00pm with the varsity eight and conclude at 5:45pm novice 4+.
Last year the Bulldogs were able to edge out the Cougars by a close three second margin in the varsity eight event. The Cougars also fell short to the Bulldogs in the second varsity and novice “A” eight events. However the Cougars were able to find some success last year in the novice “B” eight event were they beat out the Bulldogs by over six seconds.
This year the Cougars will be looking to reclaim the Fawley Cup in the varsity eight event. Having posted competitive times at Cascade Sprints, San Diego Crew Classic, and the UW Apple Cup Dual the Cougars are primed and ready for this year’s Fawley Cup Dual. Third year oarsman David Herrick had this to say about the upcoming race, “having posted similar times to Gonzaga this season should make for quite a close race on Friday.”
5:45pm N4A, N4B, V2-
WSU Men’s Crew Found Tough Competition in UWBy William Miedema4/13/13
V8+ racing against UW
Friday afternoon the Washington State Cougars battled it out on the Snake River against the University of Washington Huskies in the annual Apple Cup Dual. The Apple Cup Dual course spans 2,000 meters, starting upriver from the Lower Granite Dam and ending just off of the break water outside of the Ken Abbey Shellhouse. Race conditions throughout the day were generally calm, against a slight current, but a slight headwind picked up during the novice eight and the varsity four events. The weather was overcast, but it did not begin to rain until after all races had concluded.
Racing began at 4:35pm with the novice four event in which both of the WSU boats fell behind their UW rivals. Finishing place and time for the novice four event were as follows: UW-A 6:36, UW-B 6:46, WSU-A 7:10, WSU-B 7:17. The next event was the varsity eight in which the Huskies were able to out pull both of the boats fielded by WSU. Crossing the finish line in a time of 5:55.21 was the UW 3V8, followed by the WSU V8 in 6:06.78, and the WSU 2V8 in 6:32.64. An hour later both the WSU and UW novice were back out on the course, but this time they were in eight man shells. Again UW was victorious finishing in a time of 6:01, while WSU-A finished in 6:36, and WSU-B in 7:19. The final race of the day, the varsity four, started at 5:50pm and featured two WSU fours. The WSU-A boat was able to complete the course in 7:24.99 while the WSU-B finished in 7:57.10, but both boats fell short to the UW-A and UW-B who pulled a 6:58.50 and a 7:00.90 respectively.
Head Coach Arthur Ericsson had this to say about today’s racing, “The highlight for the varsity squad was the first 1000 meters when we were only one length down to UW after a mediocre start. However the 2V8 margin compared to the V8 was disappointing as was the drop off in our V4 A-boat. We need to decide if we're willing to pay the price on race day or the season will be over with nothing to show for it."
WSU Men’s Crew Takes on UW at Wawawai LandingBy William Miedema4/12/13
Friday, April 12th, Washington State University (WSU) Men’s Crew will be racing at their own course on the Snake River versus the University of Washington (UW) in the annual Apple Cup Dual. Races are set to begin at 4:35 pm with the novice 4+ and conclude with the varsity 4+ at 5:50 pm. The 2,000 meter course starts upriver from the Lower Granite Dam and ends just off of the break water of the Ken Abbey Shellhouse.
Coming off of a competitive weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic the Men’s Crew is looking to continue their early season success with a strong showing versus one of the most decorated rowing programs in the country, the University of Washington Huskies. Head Coach Arthur Ericsson commented, "If we can exploit our strengths and improve our weaknesses we will get a lot out of tomorrow's races and give UW some solid competition to deal with."
Last year the Huskies swept the event, most notably beating the varsity eight by a margin of 20 seconds. This year with a faster more experienced crew," noted junior William Miedema, "the Cougars will be looking to show the Huskies that they are a program that needs to be taken seriously."
V8+ during the 2012 UW Dual in Seattle, WA
4:35 pm MN4+ UW-A, WSU-A, WSU-B
4:45 pm MV8 WSU-V8, UW-3V8, WSU-2V8
5:45 pm MN8 WSU-A, UW, WSU-B
5:50 pm MV4+ WSU-A, UW-A, WSU-B, UW-B
Directions to Wawawai
Cougar Crew Returns from San Diego Crew ClassicBy William Miedema4/8/13
This past weekend Washington State University (WSU) Men’s and Lightweight Women’s Crew competed in the 40th annual San Diego Crew Classic. All races were held on Mission Bay, San Diego, California. Conditions throughout the weekend were generally better in the early morning and degraded throughout the day due to tidal changes and increased cross wind. The weather remained overcast, but in the mid to high 60’s for the weekend as well.
Women's Lightweight 8+
The lightweight women had the opportunity to face Stanford and Princeton both Saturday and Sunday. The first race, taking place Saturday morning, was a preliminary race and the women finished 4th with a time of 7:59.58. The “experience provided invaluable feedback and exposure on a national stage,” stated coach Dan Thayer after the race. This race allowed for familiarity with not only the course, but also the environment as it was the lightweights’ first appearance since the 1980’s. In the Grand Final on Sunday, the lightweights’ posted a similar time of 8:02.10 yet closed the gap on Stanford’s B boat in comparison to Saturday. Two-seat Teresa Nguyen stated that the race on Sunday “felt better; with more connection throughout each stroke and with the boat as a whole.” Coach Dan Thayer was excited for the “marked improvement in [our] form” and said he was “pleased with [our] effort and looks forward to finding seconds of improvement.”
Heats for the men began at 8:00AM Saturday, April 6th, with the varsity eight (V8) events; the Cougars raced in the second heat which was at 8:10AM. Coming off of a strong showing at Cascade Sprints the WSU V8 was looking to qualify for the grand final event, which required a finish of 1st or 2nd, but fell short and took 4th with a time of 6:13.35. The 4th place finish was partially attributed to a slow start by the crew, but they were able to fight back into the lead group, before ultimately being outsprinted by University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), University of California Irvine (UCI), and University of Oklahoma City (OKC), who went on to finish 1st,2nd, 3rd in the event respectively. UCSB went on to win the grand final event on Sunday, April 7. Although the 4th place finish didn’t qualify the Cougars for the grand finals, it did qualify them for the petite finals on Sunday. In the petite finals the Cougars burst off the line to an early lead, which they maintained for the first 1,000 meters before OKC and UCSD were able to overtake them. The Cougs continued to fight back, but OKC and UCSD continued to walk away, leaving the Cougs to finish in a solid 3rd place in the petite finals and 9th in the regatta overall.
Varsity 8+ following their race at the crew classic
The second varsity (2V8) was seeded to race in a very competitive heat with both the 2nd and 3rd varsity boats from University of California Berkley (CAL), UCSD, and UCSB. They race began with a solid start for the Cougs, but after the first couple hundred meters they fell behind the leaders and were locked on to chasing down UCSB. Although they fought back, especially in the last 500 meters of the race, they were unable to close the gap between themselves and the race leaders finishing in 5th place with a time of 6:47.47, seven seconds behind the 4th place crew UCSB. Not placing high enough in the heats to make grand or petite finals the Cougs had to turn around and race a few hours later in the 3rd finals versus Bates College and the University of Southern California. With rough water the Cougs got off to a slow start and ended up several seats down to Bates, but they fought their way back up and ended up passing Bates around the 1,000 meter mark and continued to increase their lead solidifying their 1st place position throughout the remainder of the race finishing with a time of 6:35.91.
The novice heat started off with the Cougs falling behind the leaders, but they were able to hold onto 4th place, narrowly edging out UCI to continue on to the petite finals. In petites the Cougs were given another chance to show themselves as the top club novice crew at San Diego Crew Classic, but fell short of their goal with a 4th place finish in petites, behind club rival San Diego State University by 2 seconds who took 3rd.
Head Coach Arthur Ericsson had this to say about this weekend’s racing, “Each of the men’s crew showed the passion to critique the details from their races in the heats and turn that into a much more competitive race effort within their finals. We’ve only been racing for one week so far, yet there is a healthy dose of confidence and excitement.”
Cougar Crew Headed to San DiegoBy William Miedema4/4/13
WSU 2V8 finished 2nd at Cascade Sprints last weekend,
just behind their 1V teammates.
Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, Washington State Men’s and Lightweight Women’s Crews will be racing at the 40th annual San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay, San Diego, California. This year over 4,400 athletes and 125 universities, clubs, and high schools will be competing in the regatta. More than 25,000 spectators are expected to attend, but for those that cannot be lucky enough to attend there will also be online live coverage of all races. Races will be the spring standard of 2,000 meters.
The Men’s Crew will be sending three eight’s to San Diego this year, the varsity eight, second varsity eight, and the top novice eight. All three crews having come off strong showings at Cascade Sprints last weekend are ready to be tested against some of the top crews in the country. Each of the WSU Men’s boats will be either directly or competing against over 20 other teams, which will make for a very completive weekend. “The second varsity had two solid races last weekend. We are excited to bring that same intensity into our races in San Diego,” says Junior Kenji Thompson.
with live results and video stream
Lightweight Women Head to Crew ClassicBy Bre Trimble4/3/13
For the first time since the 1980s, the Lightweight Women will be showing up ready to compete at this year’s 40th Anniversary San Diego Crew Classic. Scheduled to race in the Women’s Collegiate Lightweight 8+ event, the women will go head to head against two of the top varsity programs in the nation; Princeton and Stanford A and B (2010, 2011, 2012 IRA Champions).
With a solid performance last weekend at Cascade Sprints, the Lightweights are looking to focus in on their technique and find a few more seconds to be a contender throughout this weekend’s racing. Lightweight coach, Dan Thayer’s thoughts on the weekend are “In the last thirteen years, the San Diego Crew Classic lightweight women's race has been won by either Wisconsin (5), Stanford (6), or Princeton (1). These programs represent perennial contenders for the national championship. In aiming for excellence, we own the idea that one cannot attain excellence without pursuing it wholeheartedly. We are here to race, and race we will. I am truly grateful and excited for the opportunity for these exceptionally motivated athletes to race on a national stage”.
With a predominantly young and fresh crew racing, the Cougar Lightweights are eager to finally show off the hard and dedicated work they've been putting in throughout the year.
Saturday, Prelim race at 7:50am, Lane 3
Sunday, Grand Final at 10:40am
In the first US Rowing Collegiate poll of the season, the Cougar lightweights ranked 14th nationally.
Men’s Crew Dominates at Cascade SprintsBy William Miedema3/31/13
On Saturday Washington State University (WSU) Men’s Crew had a very strong showing at their first 2,000 meter race of the season at Cascade Sprints on American Lake, Tacoma, Washington. Weather conditions included a light cross tail wind (5-10 mph) and light chop, but overall they had little effect on the solid WSU lineups.
Heats for the men were scheduled to start at 9:20 AM with the priority event, the M1V8, but all heats were delayed by a dense layer of fog. After a one hour delay heats started on with the M1V8 at 10:20 AM. The WSU 1V8 went on to dominate the field with a time of 6:06.1, more than 18 seconds faster than the second place crew, Western Washington University (WWU). WSU’s second varsity took another dominating win in their heat, posting a time of 6:19.7, almost 7 seconds faster than the second place crew, University of Oregon (UO). The WSU V4 heat started at 11:20 AM and concluded with the V4 taking 5th place with a time of 7:48.4, 33 seconds behind Seattle Pacific University (SPU) who finished 4th, putting them in the petite finals later that day.
Varsity 8+ following their Grand Final victory
At 11:30 AM both the “A” and “B” novice boats lined up at the starting line. The novice “A” boat went on to win their heat with a time of 6:27.3, while the “B” boat brought up the rear finishing in 7:25.3. Due to their first place finishes both WSU’s V8 and second varsity eight went on to race in the grand final event where they took first and second place respectively. The 1V8 finished in 6:04.3, while the second varsity held on to their 13 second margin behind the 1V8 and crossed the line in 6:17, edging out UO by 1.3 seconds. The novice “A” boats strong showing in the novice bracket qualified them for the MV8 petite finals, and they went on to win petites with a time of 6:25.1, over 19 seconds faster than the second place WWU second varsity boat. After a 5th place finish in heats the V4 regrouped and went on to dominate petites in 7:26.1, beating their closest rivals, Seattle Universities (SU) second varsity four by over 15 seconds.
After the races concluded, Head Coach Arthur Ericsson commented “Having the varsity 8’s finish 1st and 2nd made for an exciting day. The margins between them showed depth and is promising for races to come.”
The Lightweight Women’s Varsity 8 came out to their first spring race ready to take the course putting up a personal and program best time of 7:37.5 in their heat, and then the women powered a 7:40.5 in the Petite Grand Final through a light chop of a course.
Bre Trimble, a third year oarswoman said, “The first race felt solid. Coming off the start, we were right with the varsity/ club heavyweight boats. After our start we settled into a solid 33spm with good run, power and rhythm. We managed to stay within the pack for the first 1000m, until the top 3 boats began to pull away, however our boat speed was enough to start the season with a 7:37.5, which gives us something to work with this next week in practice and find a few more seconds to drop before heading down to San Diego to face Stanford and Princeton. I’m happy with how we raced, especially having 7 novice in the boat and it being our first 2k of the season. We’ve got a powerful crew, and I’m excited to see how we do next week against some of the nation’s best.”
The varsity 8 is looking forward to racing in San Diego next weekend. The Women’s Novice Lightweight 8 put up a time of 8:47.3 in their respective race on their first collegiate 2,000m race as a true Novice boat despite a malfunction with the Cox Box. Freshman Allison Thomas quoted that the race “was a really good experience, and it gave us a good idea of where we stand and what we need to improve on for the next race”.
Cougar Crew Opens Season in TacomaBy William Miedema3/28/13
Saturday, March 30, Washington State University Men’s and Lightweight Women’s Crews will be competing at Cascade Sprints on American Lake in Tacoma, Washington. This will be the Cougar Crew’s first race of the spring season and for many of the novice the first 2,000 meter race of their rowing careers.
Last year the men’s novice 8+ and men’s varsity 4+ both won their respective races, while the men’s novice 4+ and men’s second varsity 8+ (who were racing in the varsity 8+ race) both took third. This year will mark the first time in several years that the men’s team will be sending a true varsity 8+ to compete.
“I'm excited to go out and show other schools what our novice team is made of,” says freshman Jeff Arnevick. “Everyone on the novice team wants to go out strong this weekend and set the tempo for the rest of the season.”
Varsity 8 trains on the Snake River in preparation for this Saturday.
Directions to the course
Historic The Pull Hard
Three historic issues of The Pull Hard newsletter have been uploaded to the archives, including the very first issue ever from the 1973-74 season.
Thank you to Cougar Crew alum Mike Klier for providing scans of the newsletters.
As always, if you have any historic information (photos, newsletters, race results, etc.) to provide, please don't hesitate to contact the website administration.
Photo gallery back online3/22/13
I am pleased to announce that the cougarcrew.com photo gallery is now back online after being down due to technical issues. The gallery has been upgraded and includes new photos from this season and last.
Our image database is an essential part of the history of Cougar Crew. If you have photos to contribute from any era, please contact the website administration to provide them.
March 23/24 rent-a-rower full!3/20/13
The last Spring 2013 rent-a-rower dates are now full! A big thank you goes out to Cougar Crew supporters who have hired rowers this year.
While the official dates are full, there are a handful of rowers who are interested in working on the following dates: March 31st, April 14th, April 21 and May 12th. Visit the RAR page to fill out a special request form for these dates.
Update: New Hudson demo 8+ Fundraising campaign3/19/13
Alumni and friends of Cougar Crew come through and match the Parent Boosters challenge. Cougar Crew will be driving their new Hudson 8 home from San Diego in three weeks!
Thank you to all who helped make this "whale of a dream" come true!
Jaimeson Jones Memorial 5K3/7/13
Registration is open for the 2013 Jaimeson Jones Memorial 5K run, taking place on March 24. This run/walk is held on honor of former WSU oarsman Jaimeson Jones, who lost his battle with cancer in 2010. Proceeds from the race benefit the Jaimeson Jones Memorial Scholarship at WSU, which helps students who have had a sibling with cancer. "It's a great way to support a fellow teammate and the scholarship created in his honor. The exercise is good, too!" said former oarsman and commodore, Mitch Williams, has ran the race in previous years.
Register soon! Word from the organizer is that personal-sized homemade pies are being made for the first 50 registrants.
the registration site and learn more about the 5K.
More information about the Jaimeson Jones Memorial Scholarship
Palouse Rowing 2013 Announced2/5/13
The Palouse Rowing 2013 schedule has been announced, with programs running from May 29 - Aug 10. Whether you have rowing experience or are interested in learning the sport, there is a spot for you! Registration opens in March.
Fundraising campaign to buy a new Hudson demo 8+1/15/13
A 2011 Demo Hudson Hammerhead Super Predator 8+ has just come up for sale. A special discounted price has been offered by Hudson to WSU Crew for $28,000, $7,000 off the regular price!
Please contact Coach Arthur Ericsson @ (509) 863-5913 or email@example.com if you can help.
This boat needs a name and a new home on the Snake River!
Thank you for your support!
2010 V8+ winning the WIRA Grand Final in the newly acquired Hudson 8+
Spring Rent-a-Rower Dates Announced1/10/13
Cougar Crew will be holding Rent-a-Rower on two weekends this Spring, March 9/10 and 23/24. Click here to reserve your rowers now!
Cougar Crew Finish out Fall Racing Season at Head of the Lake RegattaBy Dustin Crossman11/04/12
Closing out the fall racing season Cougar Crew traveled to Seattle on Sunday to compete in the Head of the Lake Regatta. The Head of the Lake, a head style race held annually since 1981, starts on Lake Union and finishes on Lake Washington in front of the University of Washington Boathouse. It is the largest fall race on the West Coast.
Cougar Crew, coming off a great showing at the DARE Duel against Western, sent a Varsity 8 and Varsity Lightweight Women's 8 to the event. The Varsity 8, racing in the first race of the day against University of Washington, Gonzaga University, Oregon State University and others, quickly found themselves in the middle of the pack, neither overtaking or being overtaken. Pushing themselves only against the clock they finished the course in 16:58, not including a 10 second penalty for missing a buoy that pushed their time to 17:08. Their time put them in 7th place out of 12 overall, just behind Oregon State University and University of Victoria. In the same event was an 8 made up of Cougar Crew alumni. They finished the course with a time of 19:14 in 12th place.
The Varsity Lightweight Women, competing in the Third Varsity Women's 8 event finished with a time of 22:24 in 6th place out of 7 ahead of Portland State University.
For full results go to headofthelake.org
Cougar Crew Sweeps DARE Duel!By Dustin Crossman11/03/12
Cougar Crew came out fighting Saturday morning at the DARE Duel on the Snake River. The DARE Duel is an annual scrimmage between Western Washington Crew and Cougar Crew started in 2007. The hosting of the DARE Duel switches yearly and this year WSU had the home advantage. The race was held over a 5000 meter course that ended at WSU's boathouse. Two waves of three events each started at 9:00 and 10:30. Boats were sent off in 15 second intervals.
In the first wave was the first varsity 8s, second varsity 8s, and first novice 8s. The highlight of the events was WSU's first novice 8 winning their event with a time of 17:22 with a margin of 1:51 over WWU's 19:13.
The second wave involved the varsity 4, second novice 8, and third novice 8 events. Highlights include WSU's varsity A and B 4s crossing the line in 19:20 and 19:29 versus WWU's time of 20:04. In addition the second novice 8 showed their mettle with a time of 17:45 beating out WWU with a time of 19:46.
Novice coach Giles Dakin-White said the duel was “an overall pleasing result, with both the First and Second Novice 8s defeating WWU's JV, and a victory for the Third boat in their category. This gives us good energy to take into the close season.”
First Varsity Eight
Second Varsity Eight
First Novice Eight
First Varsity Four
WSU A: 19:20
WSU B: 19:29
Second Novice Eight
Third Novice Eight
Reversal of Fortune for WSU's V8 at Head of the SnakeBy Dustin Crossman10/27/12
On a cold and windy Saturday morning on the Snake River Cougar Crew and Gonzaga dueled for the second weekend in a row at the Head of the Snake regatta. The first wave of the day started at 9:10 AM and raced over a 5000 meter course. The events in this wave were the first and second varsity 8s, the first and second novice 8s and the womens lightweight 8 racing exhibition. The second wave of boats started at 10:45 AM. Due to inclement weather conditions near the starting line, the course was shortened to just 3000 meters. The events in this wave included the third varsity 8, the varsity 4s, the third novice 8, the novice 4s, and the womens lightweight varsity 8.
In the varsity 8 race WSU not only overcame the 14 second margin they lost by at Head of the Spokane, but opened up the margins between them and Gonzaga to 15 seconds. WSU's varsity 8 finished the race in 15:53 while Gonzaga crossed the line in 16:08. Head Coach Arthur Ericsson said of the showing, "It means a lot to see the varsity 8 flip the results from just a week ago. We've had two blustery/choppy races back to back. I hope to build on this momentum into next weekend's fall finale, and I hope we can showcase it on flat water." In the same wave the second varsity 8's battled through the wind with Gonzaga crossing the line first with a time of 16:54 and WSU with a time of 17:24. In the first novice 8 event Gonzaga finished with a time of 17:54 with WSU finishing in 18:21. WSU found success in the second novice 8 race with WSU crossing the line 12 seconds ahead of Gonzaga's 18:27 with a time of 18:15. The womens novice lightweight novice 8 raced the course in 24:39.
Over the shortened course Gonzaga's third varsity 8 finished with a time of 10:24. In the varsity 4 race WSU rowed to a second place finish besting Gonzaga's varsity A 4. Finishing first Gonzaga's varsity B 4 pulled a time of 11:29. WSU pulled a time of 12:03 while Gonzaga's A 4 finished in 12:12. WSU's third novice 8 pulled a time of 13:35. WSU's A and B novice 4s crossed the line in 12:19 and 12:31, respectively. Racing exhibition the womens varsity lightweight 8 finished the race in 13:23.
First Varsity Eight
Second Varsity Eight
First Novice Eight
6-Rasmus Julius Hansen
Second Novice Eight
Third Novice Eight
Novice A Four
2-Rasmus Julius Hansen
Novice B Four
Womens Lightweight Varsity Eight
Sidney Cross Cox
Womens Lightweight Novice Eight
Cougar Crew Faces Gonzaga at Head of the SnakeBy Dustin Crossman10/26/12
Cougar Crew is looking to build momentum coming into the Head of the Snake Regatta this Saturday. They will be taking on Gonzaga on their own Snake River. The course will be a 5000 meter race finishing at the boathouse. Racing will start at 9 AM with the eights in the first wave.
Both the varsity eight and JV eight are looking to close the margins Gonzaga had at the Head of the Spokane last weekend. At the Head of the Spokane the V8 found themselves 14 seconds behind by the time they crossed the finish line. The JV8 was 20 seconds behind. The last time WSU won the varsity 8 event at the Head of the Snake was in 2009 by a 13 second margin. WSU will also be racing a varsity 4.
“After getting the bugs out on their first race last weekend the novices are looking forward to improving their speed on their home course,” remarks Giles Dakin-White, WSU's men's novice coach. They will be racing three 8s and two 4s. The two 4s will be made up of rowers from the first novice 8.
WSU lightweight women will be racing a varsity 8 and a novice 8. They will be racing exhibition this weekend because there will be no other womens crews.
Washington State's Ken Abbey Shellhouse is located at Wawawai Landing.
Viewing can take place all along the 5000 meter stretch of Wawawai River Road.
Directions to the boathouse can be found on www.cougarcrew.com
Cougar Crew Races Gonzaga in First Regatta of the YearBy Dustin Crossman10/23/12
This weekend Cougar Crew faced Gonzaga in the Head of the Spokane Regatta. The first event of the day was the mens varsity and novice 8s. Starting staggered by 15 seconds the rowers fought down the winding course. WSU's first varsity 8 crossed the finish line with a time of 16:49 just 14 seconds behind Gonzaga's time of 16:35. Soon after the second varsity 8s crossed the line; WSU with a time of 17:57, Gonzaga with a time of 17:37. In their first race of their rowing careers the novice 8s crossed the line next. WSU's novice A and B boats crossed the line in 21:48 and 21:42 respectively. Gonzaga's novice A and B secured times of 19:18 and 20:02. Coach Arthur Ericsson said of the racing, "Our varsity squads were all very determined coming into today's race. Although our Varsity8 and JV8 came up short of a win, they were within striking distance and can try to close or nullify that margin before next Saturday's back to back showdown on home waters."
In the next wave of boats WSU's varsity lightweight women challenged the course coming across the line with a time of 24:25.
At 10:30, as the wind started to pick up, the varsity mens 4 and novice mens C 8 started their racing. The four crossed the line in 22:02 while the 8 completed the course in 27:33.
In the final wave of the day the lightweight womens novice 8 and the WSU mens novice 4 battled the weather to cross the line in 29:29 and 23:40.
Cougar Crew takes on the Gonzaga Bulldogs on their own turfBy Dustin Crossman10/19/12
On Saturday morning the sounds of racing will resonate along the Spokane river as WSU Men's Crew takes on the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Head of the Spokane regatta. The course will be a 5000 meter time trial where boats are sent off 15 seconds apart. The event will start promptly at 9 AM with the first varsity eights taking off first.
WSU has been dueling Gonzaga at the Head of the Spokane annually in October since 2003. This year WSU Men's Crew will be fighting hard to secure a victory. The Mens varsity will be bringing two 8+s and a 4+ to the event. The varsity eight is a seasoned group of rowers, losing only a few graduating seniors from the year before. 3rd year rower David Herrick says of the crew, “The fact that we have more experience this year gives us a better chance this weekend”.
The novices, under the new coaching of Giles Dakin-White, will be facing competition for the first time. They will be bringing three 8+s to the regatta. Dakin-White remarks that, “Despite a challenging couple of weeks with high winds and fundraising, the novice rowers and coxswains are excited for their first race of the season, and ready for the inter-squad challenge.”
The Lightweight Women will be bringing a varsity lightweight eight and a novice lightweight eight.
9:00 AM – Mens Varsity 8, Mens Second Varsity 8, Mens Novice 8 A, Mens Novice 8 B
9:30 AM – Womens Varsity Lightweight 8
10:30 AM – Mens Varsity 4, Mens Novice 8 C
110:00 AM – Womens Novice Lightweight 8