Cougars Race Hard at the Head of the Lake

By Alexander Ashton

Cougar Crew had five entries in Seattle at the 37th annual Head of the Lake regatta on Sunday. The men's team entered three boats in the event, the Varsity 8, Junior Varsity 8 and 3rd Varsity 8.

The Varsity Eight crew started off the event against a seven team field that included Washington and Gonzaga. The varsity finished with a time of 18:19.172, six tenths of a second ahead of Oregon. The Junior Varsity Eight took on another seven team field. The JV finished with a time of 18:21.017, finishing ahead of Oregon by three seconds. Both boats finished in sixth place.

With six entries in the 3rd Varsity Eight race the Cougars finished in fourth place with a time of 18:59.709, beating Gonzaga by 29 seconds. Coach Arthur stated “the race was a solid performance and offered important exposure to faster programs. We were fortunate to have Gonzaga in front of us for the first half and nipping at our heels on the second half to keep us from being complacent.”

The Cougars men's crew will host Gonzaga for the Head of the Snake this Sunday to cap off the fall racing season.

The club women sent out two boats for this weekends race. The women’s double went out first against a large and stacked field, they finished with a time of 30:15.150. The Varsity 8 was up next and raced in the Women’s Open Eight heat. Racing in rougher conditions than most of the rowers beforehand, the women were still able to have a solid race and finished with a time of 24:38.840.

Cougar Crew Takes on the Head of the Lake

By Alexander Ashton

Cougar Crew heads over to Seattle to race at the Head of the Lake regatta this Sunday, November 6th. The 4800m headrace starts at Lake Union, goes through the legendary Montlake Cut, and finishes in Lake Washington. Cougar Crew men square off against top competition including Stanford, Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, and rival, Gonzaga. Commodore August Boyle stated “Our team thrives on these opportunities to face top collegiate programs and we look forward to showing that we can be competitive.”

The headrace is a time trial, racing against the clock, one boat after another chasing each other.

Racing will begin at 8:00am PT. with the men’s top varsity eight. They will look to improve on their time from their headrace at the Head of the Spokane with newly adjusted lineups. The junior varsity will be starting right behind the top varsity eight at 8:03am, followed by the Novice crew racing in the third varsity eight at 8:13am.

The novice look to build off of their strong win against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Chris Petershagen, seven-seat of the first novice eight said “the guys are excited to compete against other program’s 3V boats. Some of them may have more experience, however we are confident in our ability to compete.”

This Sunday the club women will be bringing two boats to Head of the Lake. This is a varsity race where we will be representing WSU in a women’s 8+ and 2x. Both boats are facing fierce competition against the University of Washington and look forward to seeing how all of their training will pay off. This is an exciting race for all crews present due to the close proximity to onlookers in the Montlake Cut and the twists and turns of the course. Since the club women’s program started as a lightweight program the times of the race have only gotten faster and faster, so to see what an openweight boat can do at this head race will be a good precedent on where we are and how we have improved. Coach Dave Kempsell believes that "Head of the Lake gives our Varsity squad the first chance to test themselves against other club programs and a number of other schools from all over the West Coast. The double will see last year's ACRA Bronze Medal winning crew reunited, and the eight actually has two novice oarswomen who have really impressed early in their rowing careers. I know they're both excited at the opportunity to learn from racing with our more experienced rowers, and I'm sure the weekend will be a big help in setting our squad up to race well in the Spring." The women’s W2x event will start at 11:04am and the WV8+ will be at 11:45am.

Cougar Crew will be rowing out of the Lake Washington Rowing Club on the north side of Lake Union.

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Alexander Ashton
Brennan Jordan
Zeke Nelson
Ramiro Gonzalez
Jayson Beech
Nate Enderbrock
Sam Callan
Devon McCornack
Cox Raquel Guerra-lewis

Matt Elliot
Jacob Herman
Zach Morgan
Henry Holloway
Michael Marelli
August Boyle
Ryan McGinnis
Donovan Labriola
Cox Hayden Wise

Bjorn Elliott
Braydon Southerland
Conor Widmann
Michael Mecham
Alex Gayvoronski
Hayden Sundstrom
Chris Petershagen
John Michael Najarian
Cox Albert Chafin

Sidney Cross
Hannah Wilson

Natalie Ferguson
Savannah Brass
Melissa Weatherhogg
Alyx Powell
Mara McDermott
Katie Fowler
Janika Verosaari
Tabitha Wheeler
Cox Grace Montgomery

Cougar Crew Races Ten 8’S In Season Opener

By Alexander Ashton

Today Cougar Crew faced off against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. It was classic Spokane weather with cloudy skies however, the water was perfect for racing.

The 4500 meter racing started off with the men’s 1st Varsity 8 racing at 9:00am. The rowers followed Coach Alec Hurley’s race plan by starting off at a rate 36 for the first minute and settling at 32 until the sprint. Unfortunately, they were not able to make up the distance and finished behind Gonzaga with a time of 14:25. Next up was the men’s 2V8 who followed the same race plan as the 1V8 and showed the depth of Cougar Crew’s varsity, however they fell just short of Gonzaga by two seconds with a time of 14:59. The stroke of the 2V8 stated, “when you lose by that close of a margin, you can't help but over-analyze what you could have done better, but I am proud of my fellow teammates today.” Cougar Crew was also able to race a 3V8 who finished with a time of 15:53. Along with racing eights, 16 rowers also raced in the fours event as well. The Cougar’s showed great resilience and effort with the MV4 A boat beating Gonzaga’s MV4 A boat by 37 seconds with a time of 15:33.

WSU’s first year novice showcased what they have learned over these last two months at their very first race. The Novice 8 A boat was able to pass Gonzaga for a 17 second win. The Novice B boat was a lightweight lineup and represented their ranking well, 38 seconds behind Gonzaga. The Novice C and D boats raced an hour later and kept their times within a competitive margin. “It’s not often that four novice boats can all execute solid races on their first go,” commented Head Coach Arthur Ericsson. “Given their relative inexperience, I’m very happy that each race went as well as it did.”

The club women started the racing season off on a good foot, representing cougar crew with a varsity 8 and two novice 8s. Challenges were met in all races but that did not stop them from pulling hard for the entirety of the race. The varsity 8 went off at 10:15am against Gonzaga and the WSU varsity program. The course had quick conditions making the start line a mess to work with, coxswain Grace Montgomery did a great job keeping her crew focussed and ready for the race to start despite not having a working cox box for the race. Not being able to hear the coxswain did not slow the crew down and the 8 held it together and moved as one in order to have a strong finish to their first race. The varsity 8 boat finished with a time of 17:26. The novice 8 A boat experienced the same issue with not having a cox box but they stayed hard on the heels of the WSU varsity women’s novice A boat. The club novice A boat only finished 21 seconds behind the novice varsity program A boat with a time of 18:51. The novice 8 B boat went off at the same time as the varsity 8 at what was supposed to be 10:15am, but was pushed back due to continuously late start times throughout the regatta. Two women from the A boat hot seated into the B boat as a rower and coxswain. You could hear the coxswain Becca Stern motivating her crew and pushing them all the way through the finish buoys to have a solid sprint with an end time of 20:52. Rower Lily Orientalis summed up the race as, “A memory that will eternally be remembered is what I like to call this race. Everything was forgotten and excitement was all I felt. I was alive”. For the team's first 5k all boats pushed themselves through the line to have a solid finish.

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Cougar Crew Faces Off Against Gonzaga

By Alexander Ashton

Cougar Crew kicks of their fall racing season with the annual Head of the Spokane. This coming Saturday, October 22, the Washington State Cougars will be facing off against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in a 4,500m headrace. Cougar Crew is a club team with both men’s and women’s squads. In all, Cougar Crew has ten 8’s entered this Saturday.

Assistant Coach Alec Hurley returns for his second year and looks to showcase the depth and power of the men’s varsity. The varsity will be racing three eights and the top two eights will also be racing a second time, split into fours. The varsity rowers have been throwing down some impressive times during practice and are determined to apply their success on the Snake to the Spokane River. Head Coach Arthur Ericsson has been working hard to develop his novice and prepare them for their first race. With an outstanding recruiting effort, this year's novice class will be entering four full eights. “We’ve done everything we could have done to prepare for this race,” noted Coach Ericsson. “The key to having a good first race will be focus, relaxation and a unified effort.”

This Saturday also marks the first race of the season for the novice and varsity openweight club women. Along with the novice never being at this course, new women’s coach Dave will be here for his first race as coach of this program experiencing the Spokane River. Coach Dave is looking forward to strong racing from each boat against Gonzaga and Washington State’s varsity women’s program. The goal of this race is to set up competitive times for the races to come and to compete with the other teams present. The boats for Head of the Spokane will be one varsity 8 and two novice 8s. Jolee in the novice ‘A’ boat announced, “I’m really excited to see what a race feels like and to see what we can do as a team”. This excitement echoes throughout all of the novice rowers in our crew, and helps drive them to push themselves everyday. With a growing team the openweight women look forward to this weekend and to the rest of what the year has to offer.

Racing takes place between 9:00 and 10:30am at the Gonzaga boathouse on the Spokane River. Directions can be found here

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Estimated race times are as follows:

Men's 1st Varsity 8
Men's Varsity 4C
Men's Varsity 4D
Men's Novice 8A
Men's Novice 8B

Women's Club Novice 8A
Palouse Mixed Masters 8

Men's 2nd Varsity 8
Men's 3rd Varsity 8
Men's Varsity 4A
Men's Varsity 4B
Men's Novice 8C
Men's Novice 8D

Women's Club 1st Varsity 8
Women's Club Novice 8B

Cougar Crew Conquers Rowpocalypse

After 24 hours of rowing, the 2016 Cougar Crew Row-a-Thon has come to a close. The event was a great success with the average rower clocking in 54,000 meters. Overall, our rowers with a joint effort, produced a total of 4,277,760 meters, crushing last year's Row-a-Thon meter total of 2,500,000. Returning oarsmen had a great time rowing and being able to connect more with the novice on the team. Senior and recruitment officer of the team Donovan Labriola said “ the atmosphere was really great and upbeat, everybody had a great attitude and it was awesome to row next to some of the novice and just talk to them.” For the novice this was their first heavy workload on the erg, however throughout the two days they showed the competitive mindset needed to succeed this season. Alex Welch, one of the new recruits said “it was great to get a glimpse at how important fundraising is to the team and how willing people are to donate the team, it was great to see everybody working extremely hard to reach our goal.” As of now 20,639 dollars has been donated to our team. The online donation will continue to go on for almost another month, any amount helps our team be the fastest it can be on the water, click here to donate. Thank you to all donors for your generous donations and congrats to our rowers for another successful Row-a-Thon. Follow us at and our facebook sites to catch up on our practices and races throughout the year.

Change Coming to the Lightweight Women

By Sidney Cross

This upcoming year is going to be full of changes for the lightweight women. This fall 2016, will mark the first year that the lightweights will be accepting women without the weight limit of 130lbs stopping their recruitment possibilities. With the new change of the team from purely lightweights to now an open weight club team there will also be a name change to this program. Washington State University Lightweight Women will now be called Washington State University Club Women’s Rowing. With the weight limit lifted from the program it will be great to see the number girls that will be recruited this summer to build a more competitive team. Even though this will become an openweight club team for the women, there will still be a high focus on having competitive crews in the lightweight division as well with the new openweight races.

Along with the new changes to the name and all around program itself, the women’s team will also be receiving a new coach. With Giles leaving the program after his four years at WSU the women are looking forward to a new coach. At this point we may have an exchange program set up with the coaches on the other side of the Atlantic, being that Dave Kempsell is also from England. Dave comes to Washington State after his fourth year of coaching at Bedford Modern School in England, where he has coached multiple crews winning national titles and medals, including a number of junior GB internationals.

Dave began rowing at Brunel University before joining Star Club in Bedford where he rowed in the first ever Star crew to reach a final at Henley Royal Regatta in the 2011 Thames Cup, before winning the Britannia Challenge Cup in 2012, the club’s first Henley trophy. Dave then moved to Leander Club in Henley, placing 5th in the first GB trial after the London Olympics, and picking up a bronze medal at the 2013 British Championships. Dave also represented England twice, at the 2010 and 2012 Home Countries Regatta, winning the coxed four event in 2012. Since ending his competitive rowing career, Dave has continued using the erg to keep fit, setting a new British record for the Marathon in the 19-29 age category in February 2016.

Dave has moved to Washington to study for a Masters in Sport Management and to experience the U.S. collegiate rowing scene first hand.

Washington State Showcases Strong Novice Class!

By Alex Ashton and Sidney Cross

Washington State Cougar Crew had a strong showing at ACRAs this past weekend. The team raced on the former course for the 1996 Olympics under humid and hot conditions. Competition at the regatta was high caliber including top clubs like Michigan and UCSB.

Cougar Crew faced off against other top club teams from around the United States. The 1st Varsity had a total of four races over the course of this weekend, however even in the hot conditions they had a strong showing in each race. Their best race was in the Reps which decides what crews go to the Semi-Finals. The 1V pulled hard to finish second behind UMass and recorded their fastest time at 6:08.108. They then went on to face tough crews in the B-Final including Boston College and UC Davis. The 1V were duking it out with several other boats across the 1000m until Texas pulled away, which left only New Hampshire. With a valiant effort and a sprint called by Senior Coxswain Alyssa Kodama the 1V came across the finish line in 7 place, in front of New Hampshire. The Junior Varsity faced adversity once again this weekend, having to race in a 2002 Vespoli usually meant for heavyweight crews, the JV struggled in their first heat coming in sixth place. Commodore Griffin Berger stated after the race that “the JV’s mental game was strong and that pulling hard wasn’t the issue.” To improve their chances of having a successful race several seniors in the boat stepped up and asked for better equipment. With the help of the coaches the JV were able to use the Novice’s shell and oars. In the reps the JV had an outstanding sprint in the last 400m moving up five seats on DePaul to finish ahead of them by less than five tenths of a second. The JV finished off their season strong with a third place finish with a time of 6:33.898 in the Petite Finals, which garnered great praise from Coach Alec and Coach Arthur who both stated that “having a JV 8 is necessary to be a top club program, so for these guys to keep strong and keep on racing in the eight is a testament to the toughness of these guys and to what Cougar Crew is all about.”

Both novice entries, the N8 and NL4, had their best race of the year in Saturday's heats, advancing directly to the grand finals where their determination produced even more speed. It was our most competitive Novice 8 lineup since 2009's silver in that we finished less than a length out of medal contention. With a 5th place finish last year and 6th this year it shows consistent high level performance at the national level. The Novice Lightweight 4 also found themselves in a very close race going into the last 500 meters, trading places with several crews to finish just out of the medals in 4th place. Arthur Ericson stated “I couldn't be more proud of the teamwork and effort of all 14 novice oarsmen and coxswains leading up to the national championships.”

Lightweight women dominated ACRA this weekend for Cougar Crew. This weekend’s races started off with the two 2x racing to get into finals. Both WSU 2x boats placed, taking first and third. The 2x boats knew that if they did not place in the top three of their race then they would have to race in the reps. Having another race later in the day in the Georgia heat was not an option so they pulled themselves across the line in order to not have to race again until Sunday morning in the grand finals. The lightweight 4+ also raced on Saturday in a race for lanes, and took it easy in order to allow a strong row on Sunday for the final event.

Sunday was a good day for the lightweight women. It started off with the 2x boats racing to see where they placed in the nation. Off the start the WSU boats were in the lead up to the first 500m where Wichita and Kansas State started to pull even. The WSU ‘A’ and ‘B’ boats stayed with them up until the 1000m when the stroke of the ‘B’ boat had an asthma attack. This caused them to drop back but continue to stay in the race, pulling hard and never stopping for a moment. The ‘A’ boat stayed with Wichita and Kansas State until they started to pull away. With the ‘A’ boat positioned in third place at this point in the race, the girls knew that it was going to hurt to keep off Purdue who was trying to get into a medaling position. With a power move, the ‘A’ boat stayed ahead and was able to keep their third place finish. Hannah Wilson and Sidney Cross took third in the nation in the 2x open weight event with Alyx Powell and Teresa Nguyen close behind.

The Lightweight 4+ was excited to finally race their official lineup after circumstances required them to substitute different rowers at the past two regattas. The WVL4+ was up against Cal State Long Beach and Northwestern, both of whom this crew has raced before at WIRA and Dad Vail respectively. Knowing that Long Beach was a good deal faster than our lineup based on their performance at WIRA and in Saturday’s race for lanes, the lightweights set their sights on beating Northwestern and defending their silver medal from last year’s ACRA’s. Off the start, Long Beach began pulling away from WSU and Northwestern in lane 4 and increased their open water lead throughout the 2k, the entire race was a head-to-head battle between WSU in lane 3 and Northwestern in lane 5. Coxswain Grace Montgomery says that, “Up to the 1000 meter mark, our crew was bow ball to bow ball with lane 5, going back and forth between which crew would have a slight lead in the moment”. Coming into the third 500, the lightweights knew they had to make a move and start taking seats on Northwestern if they hoped to medal in this race. A power move pushed the lightweights forward to have Northwestern’s bow ball on our crew’s bow pair, and with the motivation to pull for the graduating seniors, our coach Giles, and to defend 2015’s silver medal, the lightweights sprinted to have an open water lead over Northwestern as they crossed the finish line.

This weekend the lightweight women were pulling for more than just themselves and the other girls in their boats, but also for their coach Giles Dakin-White. Giles will be leaving Cougar Crew after coming to the program in the Fall of 2012 to coach the novice men. Giles began coaching the lightweight women back in the Fall of 2014 and brought focus and change to the team. Giles has coached his boats, men and women, to numerous wins and medals, but is now leaving the program to head back to dreary old England with his wife and son. Cougar Crew wishes Giles the best in the years to come and thanks him for being a coach to many of the men and women who are a part of this program.

The American Collegiate Rowing Association selects rowers each year for the All-Region team. This selection process is based off of 2,000 meter testing scores, performance of their crew, career racing results, accomplishments and leadership within their team, individual performances and coach recommendation. Junior Michael Marelli was selected as one of the rowers to the West All-Region Team. Alongside him Seniors Ashley Vu and Sidney Cross were selected to represent the West Region. Congratulations to our Cougar Crew rowers for earning these highly decorated awards.

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Cougar Crew Prepares to End Season at ACRAs

By Alex Ashton and Sidney Cross

Washington State Cougar Crew will wrap up its season this Saturday and Sunday at the ACRA National Championship Regatta on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia. The Cougs will be racing on the former course for the 1996 Olympic Games against competitive varsity and club programs from around the United States. The varsity and novice are looking to close out the season on a high note.

Coach Alec Hurley will be focusing on the eights as he has done all year and will have a Varsity 8+ and JV 8+ to represent Cougar Crew. Earlier this week he stated “the Varsity Men head to Nationals with a Varsity 8+ and Junior Varsity 8+ for the first time since 2010. We are excited for the opportunity to test our mettle against the top programs in the country. A great opportunity awaits us, I am looking forward to the athlete's’ willingness to rise to the occasion.”

The novice have been racing hard all season and are prepared more than ever to show that their speed has been no fluke this season. The novice have had great success over the year including making it into the Grand Finals at the San Diego Crew Classic and bringing home a bronze at WIRAs. Sam Callan stated that “we have been training for the end goal of ACRA’s since the beginning of the season, we are ready to bring it to Georgia and battle it out with the top teams.” All the Cougar Crew boats definitely have this attitude and are ready to step up and throw down some impressive times. The novice will be racing a Novice 8+ and Novice Lightweight 4+.

Last year at ACRAs the women’s lightweight 4+ was able to have a great race and win a silver medal in their lightweight event. This year the lightweights are entering another lightweight 4+ and two 2x.

At ACRAs we are seeing stiff competition in each race so there will be strong racing from all crews. Each crew will be racing two races, the first is a race for lanes, and then it will get into finals. In the lightweight women’s 4+ the girls will be racing against new and previous competitors at this regatta. The lightweight 4+ will be racing against Cal State, Long Beach, and Northwestern. The lightweight 4+ is looking forward to finally racing their lineup; after a few regattas of illness and injury had taken one of their rowers for WIRA and Dad Vail. This being a strong lineup the girls are ready to see what they are capable of doing with everyone in their boat being present. It was almost this exact lineup that won the silver medal in this event last year. The girls this year are coming back and are seeking an even better outcome in this weekend’s race. Let’s go for gold!

This is the first year that the lightweights are sending off two 2x at nationals, but after seeing what they were capable of doing at WIRA, the 2x will have a good race ahead of them. Alyx Powell, who medaled at WIRA a few weeks ago will be stroking one of the 2x with partner Teresa Nguyen. The 2x have the potential of racing heats, reps and finals due to the amount of boats entered in this event. The 2x will be racing Grand Valley State University, Kansas State, Marquette University, Texas, UCSB, University of Chicago, University of Kansas, University of New Hampshire, Purdue, Emory, University of Vermont and Wichita State.

The Saturday race times are:
Varsity 8+: 12:06 pm
Junior Varsity 8+: 10:36 am
Novice 8+: 10:24 am
LWT Novice 4+: 9:24 am
Women 2x: 8:18 am
Women LWT 4+: 2:30 pm

The Sunday race times are:
Varsity 8+: 8:18am
Junior Varsity 8+: 11:56am
Novice 8+: 11:42am
Novice LWT 4+: 10:34am

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Cougar Crew Lightweights at Dad Vail

By Sidney Cross

This has been a race filled weekend for Cougar Crew, with the lightweight women at Dad Vail Regatta and the men at PAC-12s. The lightweight women had a good experience rowing on new water in Philadelphia. For the lightweight women at Dad Vail there was a change in the race start times due to poor weather conditions. This caused the lightweights to have their race moved to 12:08pm instead of the previous start time of 3:10pm on the Schuylkill River.

The race time was not the only change that occurred at Dad Vail, but there was a lineup change because of sudden illness that kept a girl from racing. This was very unfortunate but the lightweights powered through and with their new substitution of Alyx Powell for Katie Fowler. Despite the new lineup change, choppy conditions and a couple crabs throughout the race the lightweights finished 5th, nearly a minute ahead of St. Thomas. Coxswain, Grace Montgomery said, “Given better conditions, I think we would have been more competitive with the other crews. We held even with Northwestern to the 1000 meter mark before a boat-stopping crab made us fall back. We are excited to have the chance to race against some of these same crews with our practiced lineup at ACRA.” The team is looking forward to racing at ACRAs in the next couple weeks, May 28-29, in the lightweight 4+ and two 2x. It will be nice to see what all crews will be able to bring to the table at such a level playing field.

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Cougar Crew Comes Away from PAC-12 With Enquist Trophy

By Ryan Mather-Haaland

This year was the first year that club teams at PAC-12s raced for the Enquist Trophy. The trophy was created so that the club who won the most points would win, encouraging clubs to show up in force to PAC-12s. The end point totals were 21 for WSU, 17 for Colorado, and 9 for the University of Oregon, awarding WSU the trophy. The racing conditions were great, with smooth water and a very slight headwind.

The V8 has a really great race. Their main competitor was Colorado, the only other club in their race. The V8 ended up beating Colorado by about 3 seconds with a 6:27, but they lost to all of the varsity schools in their race. The V8 said that they didn’t just race Colorado, they raced themselves. Even after they were ahead of Colorado, they continued to apply their power, and kept walking away from Colorado. The 2V8 didn’t have as great of a race. The majority of the boat was sick, so they had a hard time keeping the rate and power. They held off Colorado for the first 750 meters, but couldn’t keep up the fight. They ended up with a 6:49, 10 seconds behind Colorado.

The N8 had a really good race. They beat the two clubs in their race, Oregon and Colorado. They were 3 seconds ahead of Oregon and 5 seconds ahead of Colorado with a 6:31 final time. They ended 4th in their race, behind the 3 varsity programs they were racing. Stroke seat Brennan Jordan said that “It was good, fast competition. We felt very good about closing the time gap between our N8 and the V8, and the novice were very excited to do their part to help win the Enquist Cup for the team.” The N4 had a tougher time. The only other club in their race was Oregon, and they ended up losing by about 30 seconds, with a 7:31. Head Coach Arthur Ericsson said that "The entire Novice team had a solid outing against UC Davis on Saturday morning. The Novice 8 raced a new lineup for the first time. They hung within a length of OSU until the 1000 meter mark. They executed a longer and more mature sprint in the last quarter of the race. " The Saturday morning piece was a practice that the novice did before the racing on Sunday.

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Cougar Crew Goes to PAC-12s

By Ryan Mather-Haaland

This Sunday, Cougar Crew is racing at PAC-12s. Many of the top varsity and club programs from the west coast will be racing this weekend. Schools such as UW and OSU will be racing. Other clubs providing competition include Colorado. This year also marks a new aspect of the PAC-12 race. There is now a trophy that all of the club teams will compete for, marking them the best club on the west coast.

The Varsity's goal is to take down some of the varsity schools present at this event. They also hope to walk away with the club trophy, making WSU the first team to win this separate competition. The 2V8 is looking forward to racing Colorado, who is a club team that has been pulling similar times to their boat.

The novice are looking forward to another example of high level rowing. Novice Kris Lange said that “We're adding a few different guys into the boat and they should be able to add some power and experience into the boat” and that after their race against Stanford “we're all really hungry to see how we can close that gap and push ahead of them.” The novice are testing several lineups for ACRAs, to see how new people do in their boats.

Head Coach Arthur Ericsson is as excited as ever for PAC-12s. He says that “The goal is to put pieces together to create 2000 meters of high level boat speed. We always are faster at nationals when we take on PAC-12's."


9 AM V4
9:30 AM N8
10:30 AM 2V8
11 AM 1V8

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The Lightweights go to a New Race: Dad Vails

By Sidney Cross

This weekend Cougar Crew will be making history by sending their lightweight women to Philadelphia for the Dad Vail Regatta. The Dad Vail Regatta was started in 1934 and has been held continuously except for WWII years. Now in 2016 this regatta hosts over 128 schools, making Dad Vail the largest collegiate regatta in North America. The Dad Vail Regatta was started by two men with ties to rowing at the University of Pennsylvania. The individuals were “‘Rusty’ Callow and Lev Brett. Callow was then coach at Penn and laid the foundation. Brett was credited with being the architect. Their goal was to have a college regatta for developing crew programs” (Harry Stinger), which hits home for the lightweight women since their program is still developing and will now begin giving rowing opportunities to open weight women. The boat that is racing this year in the lightweight category is the varsity lightweight women’s 4+. Unfortunately, there are not enough lightweight 4+ boats entered to run heat racing, so there will only be a straight final, but the girls are all excited to be racing down on this historic course. The Dad Vail course holds a special challenge for coxswain Grace Montgomery since it incorporates a gradual turn before the 1500m, which is not usually present in sprint-style races. Overall the lightweights are looking forward to be racing other competitive lightweight women’s programs, especially ones that they have never raced in the past. The lightweight 4+ will be racing against Ithaca College, MIT, Northeastern University, Purdue and the University of St. Thomas. Coxswain Grace Montgomery is excited about this weekend, “After a bronze finish at WIRA, our boat has spent the last couple weeks adding speed and fine-tuning our race strategy. I think we’re all excited to how we stack up against some of these funded lightweight programs from the East coast. We are ready for the challenge that these other crews will bring on Saturday and we are looking forward to a strong, competitive race for our first appearance at Dad Vail!” The lightweight women’s 4+ will be racing at 3:10pm ET on Saturday, May 14 in lane 5. For those of you on the East coast that are interested in coming to Dad Vail, the best place to watch is from the Grand Stand on Kelly Drive.


4-Rachel Crowther
3-Katie Fowler
2-Simone Parker
1-Ashley Vu
Cox- Grace Montgomery

Pac12 Schedule

Below is the schedule for WSU's participation in the Pac-12 Championship. Races are subject to change based on extenuating circumstances.

Sunday the 15th:
9 AM V4
9:30 AM N8
10:30 AM 2V8
11 AM 1V8

Cougar Crew Brings Home Several WIRAs medals

By Ryan Mather-Haaland and Tabitha Wheeler

This last weekend Cougar Crew went to WIRAs. On Saturday, the wind was awful. It was blowing at about 25 mph with 40 mph gusts. Halfway through the day the races were cancelled. Petite and Third finals from that day were cancelled while heats and Grands from Saturday were moved to Sunday. Sunday turned out to be a very nice day, perfect for racing.

The V8 needed a 2nd place finish to advance to Grands, but unfortunately finished in 3rd. They were about 8 seconds behind Davis, who got second. At the 300 meter mark in Petite finals the V8 was neck and neck with UCLA, fighting for second. UCLA pushed harder and edged out our V8 by 6 tenths of a second, landing the V8 in third in the Petite finals, which is 9th overall. The JV8 had a similar result in heats. They needed 3rd to go to Grands since there were fewer boats than in the V8’s race. The JV crew were right next to USCB’s B boat for the first 1500 meters, but as soon as USCB started their sprint the JV8 declined to fight back and ended up in 4th place, sending them to Petites. In Petites, the JV8 was determined to prove that it belonged in Grands. They spent most of the race dueling San Diego for 1st place, but pulled ahead with about 700 meters to go. They ended in first in Petites by about 6 seconds, putting them in 7th overall. The double didn’t have as great of a race. The two athletes had only been training together for a few weeks, so they weren’t expecting to do too well. They ended in last. Coach Hurley said “The Varsity had a disappointing showing this weekend. The next two weeks are crucial to regaining our speed. The JV had an excellent weekend, highlighted by a 1st place finish in the petite final. Their comparative time would have placed them 5th in the Grand. They also exit the regatta as the 2nd fastest club JV8 on the west coast as they prepare for the National Championships.”

The men’s 1N8 raced impressively in their heat. They got 2nd place, sending them to Grands. In the finals, the novice seemed to lose some of their usual speed. They took 5th place, losing to 1st by about 10 seconds. They were 3 seconds behind the next closest boat. The 2N8 also took 2nd in their heat, sending them to Grands as well. In Grands the 2N8 got 3rd place. The novice were very excited to return home wearing medals. Rower Jacob Anderson said that “The 2N8 had a great weekend at WIRA's. Before our first race, our practice of the lineup felt strong and synchronized. Even in the rough wind-chop on Saturday, we took 2nd, qualifying us for finals. It helps that the rough water felt so natural to us from rowing the Snake all year. In the finals Sunday, we have everything we wanted; keeping up with Orange Coast and UCSB till the 1000. Our finish felt strong and our bronze medal left us grinning ear to ear as coach placed one around each of our necks.” The N4 didn’t race as well as the other boats. They ended in 5th in their heat, and unfortunately they didn’t get a second chance since their final was one of the ones cancelled. Coach Ericsson said that “The 1st Novice 8 lacked their usual energy. They got a wake up call; better now than at nationals. The 2nd Novice 8 delivered their best race and earned their bronze medal. Both crews are the 3rd best club team on the west coast."

Two of the four Lightweight Women’s boats received medals at this years WIRA, with just one lineup in a lightweight category race. The wind Saturday pushed our girls events to Sunday, this made for some strategic changes to the race plan.

The D2/D3 Women’s V8+ heats were the first races of the day. The V8+ raced thirds against UCD. It was a fast race for our lightweights and although they did not win it was great competition.

The second event for the lightweight women was the Women’s 2x. Two boats, Tabitha Wheeler, Alyx Powell, along with Sidney Cross, Hannah Wilson, went down the course very strong. Wheeler and Powell came in close second to Long Beach by 0.9 seconds and receive their first medal together, silver. Cross and Wilson crossed the line fourth, 8.5 seconds faster than the next boat, Chico.

Lastly, the Lightweight 4+ raced hard against other lightweights and came in third at 8:30.1, with bronze medals. These ladies gave it their all in the 3rd five hundred when they got open water over Chico.

Cougar Crew is headed to WIRAs

By Ryan Mather-Haaland and Tabitha Wheeler

This weekend Cougar Crew will compete at WIRAS. This is one of the biggest races of the year, since it involves teams from all across the west coast.

The varsity men are looking forward to another chance to race. They haven't been satisfied with the results so far, so this will give them another chance to show what they've got. John Dorscher said that "As a senior and this being one of my last few races I hope to put down some great times with the V8 and make other crews scared that they are racing us." The rest of the athletes are just as ready. The varsity will be racing two 8s, a V8 and a JV8. They are also racing a double.

The novice are definitely excited for the racing season to reach its peak. Zeke Nelson said that "It is a race we have been told to prepare for since the first week of joining crew. Every one of us has had it on our minds with every practice, every race. Everyone in the boat is determined to pull up to that start line, take one look at all the fast boats around us, and then keep them in our sights all the way through the finish line. We are ready, we have worked hard, we are hungry." The novice have shown how fast they are at Stanford and San Diego, and they have only gained more speed after those races. The novice will race a 1N8, a 2N8, and a 1N4.

Arthur Ericsson said "This race is a well deserved highlight to all of those who have put in the hard work and stuck it out. Coming off the Stanford Invitational our 1N8 is in a strong position to medal. The 2N8 (silver 2015) has the right ingredients to be equally competitive. They are somewhat untested and they'll need to be ready for the heats on Saturday."

Race times for Saturday are as follows. The 1V8 will race at 2:30. The JV8 will race at 12:40. The 1N8 will race at 12:00. The 2N8 will race at 9:50. The 1N4 will race at 8:30.

The Lightweight Women’s 8+ will be racing in the Women’s D2/D3 Club heats Saturday at 2 p.m. in lane 4. Our women will race against WWU-lane 1, PLU-lane 2, L&C-lane 3, and SON-lane 5. The finals for the women’s 8+ are Sunday between 11:50 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.

The Lightweight Women’s A and B 2xs are racing Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Lanes are as follows, WSU A, LBS, CHICO, UCSB, CAL, PLU, and WSU B.

The Lightweight Women’s 4+ is racing Sunday at 9:50 a.m., lane 3, against CAL-lane 1, LBS-lane 2, and CHICO-lane 4.

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Varsity (from cox to bow):

c. Alyssa Kodama

John Dorscher
Michael Sheremet
Michael Marelli
Ryan Krastins
Zach Morgan
Donovan Labriola
August Boyle
Josh Benson

c. Melissa Arneson

Jake Brisson
Rynn McGinnis
Griffin Berger
Matt Elliott
Jayson Beech
Ryan Gehring
Ryan Haaland
Alex Ashton

Patrick Abercrombie
Ryan Haaland

Novice (from bow to cox):

Zeke Nelson
Nate Endebrock
Noah Brandt
Kris Lange
Sean Cornia
Tanner Olson
Sam Callan
Devon McCornack

c. Raquel Guerra-Lewis

Jacob Anderson
Kurin Pandher
Alec Palander
Kyle North
Ben Jakeman
Nathaniel Herrera
Blake Bryson
Brennan Jordan

c. Ridge Peterson

Jakob Gilmartin
Kurin Pandher
Tarren McDaniel
Jacob Herman

c. Hilary Zuniga

Lightweight women (from bow to cox):

Hannah Wilson
Teresa Nguyen
Ashley Vu
Allison Thomas
Simone Parker
Alyx Powell
Tabitha Wheeler
Rachel Crowther

c. Sidney Cross

Ashley Vu
Simone Parker
Katie Fowler
Rachel Crowther

c. Grace Montgomery

Sidney Cross
Hannah Wilson

Tabitha Wheeler
Alyx Powell

Cougar Crew Wins Sports Club of the Year

Cougar Crew was recently nominated for and won WSU's Sports Club of the Year. Below is the original article written by Ashley Vu that allowed for this victory

Cougar Crew – Sport Club of the Year

Written by: Ashley Vu, Lightweight Women’s Commodore

Cougar Crew has made amazing strides in this last calendar year. We earned 6 medals and 2nd All Team at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship. At ACRA Nationals in Gainesville, GA, we earned 3 varsity silver medals and 6th All Team. This was the 1st ever varsity medal earned by the Lightweight Women, Lightweight Men, and a sculling boat at Nationals.

In this academic year, we have added on 5 new races from our schedule last academic year. This is a huge opportunity for our rowers and giving our program the positive visibility it needs to grow. In the fall, we attended the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, and the Charlie Brown Regatta in Portland. In the spring, we will attend Stanford Invite, Dad Vails in Philadelphia, and have made a return to the San Diego Crew Classic. This year, our novice 8 earned a spot in the grand final at the Crew Classic, earning the highest finish in the novice category for our team.

This spring, 14 seniors will graduate with 4 year oarsman awards. This is one of the highest, if not the highest, number of 4 year oarsman awards to be given in one year. This really speaks to where our program is today.

Every year in May, there is a PAC 12s only regatta. Within the PAC 12 are varsity programs and club programs. Club programs simply cannot compete with varsity funded programs and become heavily discouraged to attend this regatta. Cougar Crew is proud to inaugurate the Paul Enquist trophy to the PAC 12 this May. Paul Enquist is an alumni and former Cougar Crew rower who went on to win a gold medal in the Summer Olympics of 1984. The Paul Enquist trophy will be awarded to the Men’s Club Champion at the PAC 12s, motivating clubs to attend.

Palouse Rowing, a summer program where anyone in the community can learn to row or continue to row and race, is celebrating its 11th year this summer.

We have been blessed this last calendar year to christen 4 boats including the Elson S. Floyd. President Floyd was able to christen his shell about two months before his passing. This was a unanimous decision to dedicate our brand new shell to President Floyd as he has given so much to our program.

Lastly, Cougar Crew has been working with Joanne Greene and Matt Shaw to bring forth a Club Women’s program. We are expanding our strictly Lightweight Women’s program to include all women. This transitions us from being a team that has to turn away people because of their weight and can now accept all women of all shapes and sizes who want to row. This is huge for our program, the women at WSU who want a chance to row, and for our alumni who began the combination of men and women as club; open to anyone and everyone. We can now continue from where our roots began back in 1970.

Cougar Crew Speeds Up at Stanford

By Ryan Mather-Haaland

The Stanford Invitational was a very different race than most of the other regattas that Cougar Crew will compete in this spring. The racecourse is very narrow, only allowing two boats to race at a time. All of the races are duels, and each boat gets three different races.

The first race for the V8 went well. They were 4 seconds behind of Orange Coast, but they pulled a 6:13.3, their fastest time of the season. This motivated them to push even harder during their next race, where they pulled a 6:04.4 and beat UC Davis by about a second. They were ready to go even faster during their third race, but unfortunately caught a crab around the 200 meter mark. They recovered well but couldn’t catch up to the University of San Diego. Ryan Krastins said that “It was unfortunate, however, we are confident that we have unveiled our speed and potential here at the Stanford Invite.”

The 2V8 walked away from their races feeling unsatisfied. During their first race they rowed well but didn’t race hard. After a boat meeting they came up with a new race plan and were fired up for their second race. After a fast start they caught a boat­stopping crab at the 500 meter mark, which threw the whole boat off. After regaining boat speed, they raised the rate to a 38 and finished the race, but they had lost too much time to win. They started their third race just as aggressively and kept the rate up the entire time, but hadn’t practiced enough to win with their new strategy.

The novice found some speed this weekend. Their best time was a 6:18.8 when they raced Stanford. Even though they raced faster than ever before, Stanford’s experience allowed them to take the lead and win. The novice won their second race with a 6:22.0 vs UC Santa Barbara with a 6:23.4. They lost their third race against Santa Clara by about 4 seconds. Arthur Ericsson said that “All three novice races were solid. We raced strong from behind, side­by­side and from in the lead. Each race offered us a chance to make progress on an area of weakness. We have closed the gap on the top crews to the point where we are more driven than ever to overcome that gap.”

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Stanford Invitational Schedule

Below is the schedule for WSU's participation in the Stanford Invitational. Races are subject to change based on extenuating circumstances.

9:40 am Orange Coast vs WSU 1V8
10:40 am Orange Coast vs WSU 2v8
11:40 am Stanford vs WSU 1N8
2:40 pm University of California Davis vs WSU 1V8
3:30 pm University of California Davis vs WSU 2V8
4:10 pm University of California Santa Barbara vs WSU 1N8

9:50 am University of San Diego vs WSU 1V8
10:30 am University of San Diego vs WSU 2V8
11:40 am WSU vs Satna Clara 3V/Fr8

First Time in Stanford

By Ryan Mather-Haaland

This weekend is a brand new regatta for Cougar Crew: the Stanford Invitational. This is a very unusual regatta, because all of the races will be duels. Once all of the teams get to town, the coaches will decide who they want to race and set up a schedule. Each boat will participate in three duels; two on Saturday and one on Sunday.

The varsity are really looking forward to another chance to prove themselves against other crews. Griffin Berger said that “Never before has WSU Men's Crew attended this regatta. This Stanford Invitational gives us the opportunity to see how we match up against many competitive crews that we will see at WIRAs and ACRAs. The duel style racing of this event will allow us to gain more racing experience than a traditional regatta and refine our racing strategy.” The varsity are also using the multiple Stanford races as a unique opportunity to seat race during real races instead of practice pieces.

The novice are as excited as ever for another chance to test their training. Devon McCornack said “I’m excited to get to be selected to go to Stanford this weekend. We saw them at San Diego but never got to the chance to battle it out head to head. All our novice boats have been getting faster and faster with each race and I believe that our lineup has potential to be very fast.” The novice are bringing several extra rowers to switch in and out to test various lineups, just like the varsity.

Coach Alec Hurley said “The Varsity enters Stanford on the heels of a solid performances at Washington. The invitational offers a unique challenge for our squad as the duel race format should test both the Varsity and JV consistently and repeatedly. The opportunities to smooth out our race plan as well as solidify internal competition for seats should allow us to finish a tough travel stretch on a high note.”

Unfortunately, lineups and race times are up in the air at this point. The Varsity rowers will race a different lineup every race to test different configurations during racing. The novice’s lineup is below. Several rowers will be substituting back and forth, but the majority of the rowers will stay the same. Since the schedule is decided by the coaches at the regatta it won’t be available until the last minute.

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WSU races hard in annual UW duel

By Ryan Mather-Haaland

This weekend was WSU’s annual duel against the Huskies. OSU joined in several of the races as well. It was a great day for racing with sun in the sky and smooth water for the races.

The 1V8 felt like they rowed well, but it could have been better. Josh Benson said “From the start to across the line we raced at an uncomfortable rate. But we gave it our all for as long as we could and it showed.” UW dropped WSU and OSU early on, but WSU stuck with OSU up to the 1000 meter mark. After this point, OSU started moving through WSU. The 2V8 didn’t think their race went as well. They had a new lineup, and weren’t used to rowing it yet. UW beat them off the line and kept increasing their lead throughout the race.

The novice’s races went well. The 1N8 was really fast off of the line, and kept up their speed throughout the race. They raced varsity crews from both UW and OSU, so they are excited to see what they can do against novice crews this coming weekend. The 2N8 rowed well and recovered after catching a crab. They were only 11 seconds off of our 1N8. Ben Jakeman said “I was anxious yet excited about the race. We rowed pretty well, despite our brutal mishap when we caught a crab and popped out the oar. In order to be better next race I feel like we just need to practice race speed more on the water so we can up our strokes per minute in hopes to swamp other teams.” As their skill increases, they will certainly pick up a significant amount of speed. The 3N8 was about 45 seconds off of the 2N8. They weren’t as happy with their race, but know that more practice will help their technique.

Coach Arthur Ericsson is very pleased with how his novice did. "Since last weekend in San Diego the 1N8 closed the gap by 13 seconds on a very fast OSU freshman 3V, and hadcompetitive margins with our varsity lineups. The 2N8 has been finding recent speed andconfidence posting a time within 11 seconds of our 1N8. Both crews showed impressivedetermination to push themselves all the way to the finish line despite trailing in the races."

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Cougar Crew Heads to Seattle

By Ryan Mather-Haaland

This saturday Cougar Crew is racing one of their biggest rivals, UW. UW is always one of the fastest teams in the country, so this will be a huge challenge for both the varsity and novice. OSU will be competing as well.

The varsity is looking forward to having a good race. Michael Sheremet said that “We experienced some rough waters in san diego that tossed us around a bit, hopefully seattle weather will be more friendly and the race will reflect what our boat can do.” So far, the V8 hasn’t been satisfied with a race. They will focus on improving their race plan during this duel, so that they can move into the rest of the season more confident than ever. The JV8 is itching to race again, since their last battle was against Gonzaga. They felt like they raced well during the Fawley cup, but want to get a few more races under their belt before the bigger races of the season.

Varsity coach Alec Hurley is excited to use this race as an opportunity to tune the varsity boats. He said that "The trip to Seattle will offer the varsity a chance to address a primary aspect of their training. Speed off the line will be of critical importance this weekend. How the crew handles this will determine the success of the weekend." This will be the last smaller race, andthe last race of the season in Washington. After the UW duel, the team will be going to California and Georgia for several big races, so they will need to be ready to go at that point.

This will be the first time the novice have seen UW in action. Brennan Jordan said that "I'm very excited to see what our boats can do against a very high caliber program. It's my firstrace back this season after some health issues, so I'm very excited about rowing on the MontlakeCut this weekend."

Race times are posted in the article below.

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UW Duel Race Times

The UW Duel will be visible from the Montlake Cut in Seattle, WA. Race times are as follows:

9:15am 2N8 & 3N8

9:45am 2V8

10:35am 1N8

11:05am 1V8

Cougs Fight Hard at San Diego

By Ryan Mather-Haaland

This last weekend Cougar Crew raced in the San Diego Crew Classic. This is always one of the toughest races the team participates in, but they raced hard and fast.

On Saturday, the V8 raced in the first heat. They ended 4th with a time of 6:23.9. The winner, Temple, had a time of 6:08.2. This moved the V8 on to petite finals the next day. The V8 raced well in the petite finals. They ended in 4th with a 6:47.4. The winner was San Diego, who was only 13 seconds ahead with a 6:34.5. Ryan Krastins said that “We were able to fight off teams like UCLA and Notre Dame but still ended in 4th in both races. Each race ended up being seated accurately but we aim to hit practice hard when we get back and increase our competitiveness for our upcoming regattas.” This race showed the V8 how far they have come this season and how much more work they have to do before their next big race.

The novice raced in the first heat of their race as well. They got 2nd with a time of 6:53.7, losing only to California who had a time of 6:16.3. This advanced the novice to grand finals; a great opportunity during their first large race. Unfortunately the novice got 6th in the grand finals with a time of 7:05.2. The next closest boat, Orange Coast, had a time of 6:52.4. The winner, California, ended with a 6:16.1. Noah Brandt said that “Nobody expected us to do that well and I think we did something historic by making it to the Grand Finals. We came into it ranked 12th place out of 15 teams and got 6th place overall in the end” It was a great experience for the novice to see that every race is anyone’s race; as long as you put in the effort it is possible to beat much higher ranked school.

Head Coach Arthur Ericsson said that “It was historic for the Novice 8 to have made the grand finals. The team went in as the underdogs based on Saturday’s heats but closed the time gaps on Michigan and OCC. With a strong start and aggressive strategy they are now a more competent and competitive team on the road to nationals." Both teams are getting faster and more confident as the season goes on. They have nowhere to go but up.

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Husky Open Recap

The light weight women came home smiling after the Husky Open, Saturday. While neither of the girl’s boats came in first place, they were able to hold their own against open weight women from varsity programs. Coach Giles Dakin-White was very pleased with their performance, especially the novice.

The varsity 4+ placed 2nd in the WV4+ at 8:21.52, just 5.18 seconds behind Lewis and Clark, beating Puget Sound by 30.1 seconds. Stroke seat, Rachel Crowther, said the race was very exciting because they were holding with Lewis and Clark the whole time.

The novice/varsity mix 8+ came 4th in the W3V8+ at 8:18.24. The start was strong and Washington State was head to head with Pacific University until PU edged passed about 1,100 meters into the race. PU held off the lightweights and came in third, 5.94 seconds ahead.

Husky Open

The Lightweight Women are attending the Husky Open at the University of Washington for the second year in a row. Race day is Saturday, April 2.

Varsity are sending a confident 4+, similar to their silver medal ACRA lineup from 2015 with one substitution. These girls have rowed together for more than a year, two of which have for four years in a row. Their goal is to take this boat to WIRA and put up a fight for gold.

Novice and junior varsity are racing a mixed 8+ with some promise. The girls’ ability and technique range from three weeks on the water to almost three years. A majority of the rowers are first-year oarsmen in their second semester. Inclusive teamwork has brought Cougar Crew’s newest recruits up to race pace in this short time.

Race times and lineups are as follows:

8:15 a.m. Lane 2
Varsity 4+
c. Sidney Cross
1. Ashley Vu
2. Simone Parker
3. Katie Fowler
4. Rachel Crowther

8:45 a.m. Lane 1
Novice/Junior Varsity 8+
1. Megan Eske
2. Alex Tomas
3. Lilly Trujilo
4. Natalie Ferguson
5. Hannah Wilson
6. Teresa Nguyen
7. Tabitha Wheeler
8. Alyx Powell
c. Grace Montgomery

Cougar Crew Faces Stiff Competition

By Ryan Mather-Haaland

Cougar Crew is headed to their first big regatta of the season, the San Diego Crew Classic. This is some of the season’s toughest competition. Over 4,000 rowers will be in San Diego for more than 100 different races.

Varsity rower Zach Morgan said “I'm excited for this year's Crew Classic in San Diego. Personally, it will be my first appearance in San Diego, as well as my first appearance for a regatta this large. I'm eager to prove myself in our V8 lineup and do our best as a boat. I expect to do well in our category, although from what I've heard San Diego Crew Classic can be a challenging venue with very competitive schools in attendance. Either way, I'm just excited to be going!”

Going to a regatta this big will be a new experience for the novice. It will open their eyes to how big the sport of rowing is, and how tough they will have to fight to bring home medals. Novice Tanner Olson said “The San Diego crew classic will be our second novice 2k race of the spring season. We have been working very hard as a team over the long winter break and had a very successful spring training. I believe that our novice boat has a the ability to do great things this weekend rowing against some of the best novice crew teams in the nation.”

The coaches are always excited to pit their rowers against such tough opponents. Arthur Ericsson said "It's exciting to arrive on the grand stage of the San Diego Crew Classic from our insulated Inland Northwest region. We don't know how we will compare, but we have done the work and it will be just as much our race as anyone else's."

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The race schedule is below. More information will be posted once the heats are seeded.

Upcoming San Diego Races

The team writeup for San Diego will be available as soon as possible. In the meantime, possible race times to keep your eyes on are:

Saturday, April 2nd

V8 heats 7:20/7:28/7:36am

1. Santa Clara
2. Temple
3. San Diego
4. WSU
6. Illinois
7. USC

N8 heats 10:44/10:52/11:00am

1. Cal
2. UBC
4. WSU
5. Long Beach

Finals based on results in heats
V8 3rd final 3:20am
N8 3rd final 4:00pm
N8 petite final 4:08pm

Sunday, April 3rd
N8 grand final 9:20am
V8 petite final 10:44am

These are intended to be approximate times to give spectators an idea of when live feeds will be available. Final times will not be available until races are seeded, and may be subject to change.

Cougs Race Well at the Fawley Cup

By Ryan Mather-Haaland

On Saturday, Cougar Crew raced Gonzaga to defend the Fawley Cup. The Cougs have won for the last few years, and were excited for another chance to race Gonzaga. Unfortunately, both varsity boats lost. The V8 started slightly behind, but were walking back towards Gonzaga around the 600 meter mark. Unfortunately, at this point the V8 caught a boat­stopping crab that derailed their momentum and they weren’t able to come back. They lost by about 20 seconds. August Boyle said “We're disappointed but looking forward to our next opportunity to race in San Diego.”

The JV8 raced well throughout the piece, but just weren’t fast enough to keep up with Gonzaga’s boat. They lost by about 20 seconds as well. The rowers agreed that they all did their best, and are looking forward to future races together. Their trust in each other greatly increased, which will help them row even faster for everyone in the boat.

Coach Hurley’s takeaway from the weekend is: “The task before us is to learn from the lessons taught to us by Gonzaga. A brief two weeks of training precedes an exciting three week stretch of racing.” He knows that the first race of the season is a time to work out a few kinks, and that both boats will only get faster and stronger throughout the year.

The novice put up a great fight against the novice crew from Gonzaga. As the novice rowed by the boathouse, everyone on shore was excited to see WSU in the lead. Right after they passed the boathouse, the stroke seat caught a major crab. The rest of the boat wasn’t sure what to do, and stopped rowing for a few strokes to let their stroke get back into the rhythm. Novice Blake Bryson was happy with his first 2k on the water, and said “We started off strong at the beginning. The 1000m mark came and went super quick. The 1000­ 1500m mark seemed to take longer but we were motivated to finish the race. We wanted our gonzaga tanks. Then at the 500m mark the set got wonky and we began to row badly as a boat. This led to a race losing crab that ended in our defeat.” Even with this setback, the novice picked it up again and finished strong. They only lost to Gonzaga by 7 seconds.

The 2N8 raced as the 3V8, since WSU didn’t have enough varsity to challenge the 3V8 that Gonzaga brought. They raced as hard as they could, but their inexperience showed and they ended 25 seconds after Gonzaga. Arthur Ericsson said “Despite the losses, both Novice lineups should be proud of their effort and positive attitude following their first spring race. They showed speed, aggression and endurance and we now have clear aspects to develop as we move forward.”

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It's Time for the Annual Fawley Cup

By Ryan Mather-Haaland

This weekend is the last time this season that Cougar Crew will duel their biggest rival, Gonzaga. This weekend is historic, as it is the first time in over a decade that WSU could win the Fawley cup for the third time in a row. This means a lot to the varsity, as this will really show Gonzaga that WSU is the faster crew.

Cougar Crew has been training hard to bring down Gonzaga. This last week has been their annual spring training. The team has used this time to practice several race techniques that they will use in their fight against Gonzaga, including the start sequence and sprint they will use in the race.

Even though the novice are new to the team, they have already picked up on the rivalry against Gonzaga. They know that this will be a tough fight against a more experienced crew, but are ready for the challenge. Nate Herrrera said, "I have really high hopes for this race and want to put all the spring break training to good use by beating Gonzaga." Coxswain Raquel Guerra is excited as well, and chipped in with "Our team has put in so much work since our last regatta against Gonzaga. I am so excited for them to see what we can do."

Both the varsity and novice will race two boats. Races begin at 1:00pm.

Cougar Crew comes to Tri­Cities for Spring Break Training

By Ryan Mather-Haaland

Every year, the Cougar Crew team spends their spring break training. For the past few years the team has stayed at home at Washington State University. The team has recently been looking for an opportunity to do something different, and decided to go to the WSU campus in the Tri­Cities to complete their annual spring break training. The team will stay in classrooms on campus during their training. They will arrive Monday morning and leave Thursday afternoon, giving them four full days to row. Everyone will train twice a day; once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

This training camp will really help the team focus on their workouts. The training camp will also help the team save time and get more practice in. The trip to the Cougar Crew team’s boathouse from campus takes about thirty minutes. In the Tri­Cities the team will be right on the water, so they can go out to practice several times a day. This means that they can run intense pieces several times a day with long recovery periods in between the workouts.

This week of training is very important for Cougar Crew. The team’s biggest rival, Gonzaga, is coming to Pullman on the Saturday after the training camp to race Cougar Crew. The Cougs have beat Gonzaga for the last two years in their annual duel. They have been training hard to defend their title, and will use this training camp to gain the speed needed to win a third year in a row.

Head coach Arthur Ericsson is very excited about this training camp. He has taken the team in the past, but it has been several years and he is hoping to establish this as a team tradition once again. Arthur said “Spring break training is the launch pad into the competitive race season it's important to create that mindset by changing the routine and rowing on a body of water designated for this purpose. It further helps to create a unique experience and lasting memories. We always felt welcomed by our sister campus and it's good to bridge that connection and plant the seed for them to start their own rowing team!"

Cougars Bring the Challenge to Gonzaga

By Ryan Mather-Haaland

The Cougars put in a strong showing this year at the annual erg duel, but ultimately lost to Gonzaga. The winners were the team with the best average of the 2000 meter and 1500 meter pieces. Even though the Cougs lost, this is even more encouragement for the rowers to train hard for the Fawley Cup in three weeks, the next race with Gonzaga.

The erg duel always starts out very quiet. Right before each race, everyone stops talking and rowers stop warming up. Every person in the room is focused on the rowers about to race. The rowers are sitting ready on their ergs, eyes fixed on the screens as they wait for the countdown to begin. As soon as the countdown hits zero, each rower pulls hard to get their erg going. The cheering starts slowly, and picks up as the rowers get farther and farther into the race. By the final sprint every rower has someone standing behind them encouraging them to row faster and pass the guy ahead of them by only five meters. Once the race ends, the rowers either lie on the floor, exhausted, or go find water and food.

Coach Alec Hurley said “Today was a good indicator of how we handled our first competitive environment. The Varsity has work to do with regard to raw power, but demonstrated sufficient toughness on the 1500m pieces. Our task will be to translate that toughness into boat speed over the next month.”

The erg duel is always the first race for the novice who join in spring instead of fall. Kyle North is one of these novice experiencing a regatta for the first time. He pulled hard and could hardly stand right after the race. He said ”I thought it was exciting in the minutes leading up to the race because everybody was getting into their peak mental and physical zones to compete. I was aware of the how intense the competition would be after seeing how exhausted some of the guys were after their race. It made me better because it's really impossible to know what to expect until you experience it.”

Cougars Once Again Challenge Gonzaga

By Ryan Mather-Haaland

This Saturday, February 27th is the first spring race for WSU Cougar Crew. The team is travelling to Gonzaga for the annual erg duel between the two teams. All rowers will compete in a 2000m race on the ergs, followed by a 1500m several hours later. This weekend marks the third of four races with Gonzaga this year. The Fawley Cup will happen in March and is the last time the two teams will compete on the water this spring.

The Men’s team recently finished their indoor winter training. They’ve been on the water for about two weeks now, but are excited to show off the strength they gained on the ergs. Junior August Boyle said “Erg duel is a great way to see how we stack up against Gonzaga, and it's especially important this year with Fawley Cup coming earlier than usual"

The novice are also looking forward to another chance to prove themselves. Freshman Devon McCornack said that “I’m excited to see how our group of first year oarsmen will match up to guys who have been rowing for several years. I think we can put up some competitive scores and we are all ready to show these varsity programs what we are capable of.”

Head Coach Arthur Ericsson knows that the novice will do well as long as they relax and don't get too worked up over their first 2000m race of the season. “This event is always gets the best of some guys mentally. They should just leave their minds in Pullman. All they need to do is pull like they do in practice and they'll be able to give strong results on both pieces."

The first flight begins at 8:30 am.

Cougars Race Hard to End Season

By Ryan Mather-Haaland

On Saturday morning, the Cougars raced Gonzaga on our home course. There was a tailwind all the way down the course, which helped speed the boats along.

The 1V8 rowed hard to hold off Gonzaga throughout the race, but unfortunately Gonzaga was still able to pass them at the end. The V8 rowed their fastest time of the season, coming in at 15:47, 22 seconds behind Gonzaga. Michael Marelli said “We raced hard and stayed on pace with them for most of the race, but in the end Gonzaga showed up as the faster crew. I look forward to racing them again come spring.”

The 2V8 also lost to Gonzaga. They held off Gonzaga for the first half of the race, but Gonzaga started walking through them during the second half. The 2V8 pushed it and didn’t allow Gonzaga to pass them, and only lost by 11 seconds.

The 1N8 put up a good fight against Gonzaga as well. They pulled their first race under 17 minutes, coming in at 16:58. Even though this was the best they raced all season, they still came in behind Gonzaga’s novice.

The 2N8 had a tougher race than the 1N8. Right off of the starting line, they caught two crabs. They pulled it together to finish the race, but lost to Gonzaga by 1:39.

The 3N8 was the first time the novice raced a lightweight boat. They came in last, 3 minutes behind Gonzaga's 2N8. Even though they were behind, they were very pleased with the race. Stroke seat Jacob Anderson said “The Novice lightweight boat pulled their weight. There was not one man in their who wasn't stroking down the snake with everything they had. Expect to see us after winter stronger than ever before.”

Head coach Arthur thinks that the novice have had a great fall. He said "I am happy with the effort and the improvement made each week and each race. And I'm also pleased that we have more than three 8's of dedicated novice; depth in numbers and teamwork." He is excited to see what the novice will be able to do in the spring.

This was the team’s last race before winter. Over the next several months, they will train indoors. The next race is the annual erg dual against Gonzaga.

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Cougars Defend Home Course

By Ryan Mather-Haaland

This weekend marks the end of the fall racing season for Cougar Crew.

On Saturday, Gonzaga is coming to duel the Cougars on our home course, the Snake River.

The varsity will race two 8’s. They will also race four 4’s.

Coach Hurley thinks that the Varsity will do well against their rival, and said “There's really no better way to finish the fall than on one's home water against your rival. The Varsity is excited to get a final test against Gonzaga in the eights - our last preview before the Fawley Cup in early March. The fours racing should be exciting as it offers a preview for the seat racing and selection process for the top eights over the winter and spring.”

The novice have really enjoyed their time on the water this fall. Connor Skaggs said “The set keeps getting better, and every race in the novice A is better than the last. For 8 fairly big guys, we're all very comfortable around higher rates. Everybody has something they can work on, and we're confident we can take off at least 30 seconds from our 5k time.” The novice have been looking strong throughout the season, and are sure to benefit from being on a familiar course for their last race.

The schedule is still being discussed by the head coaches of Cougar Crew and Gonzaga’s rowing program. The current plan is to start the racing at 10:00am, but this is subject to change. The schedule will be posted as soon as it is finalized, so stay tuned for more information!

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Cougars Race Tough Competition at the Head of the Lake

By Ryan Mather-Haaland and Tabitha Wheeler

This past Sunday morning the Cougars raced at the Head of the Lake. The Head of the Lake is a somewhat difficult course to navigate, with a tight turn into Montlake Cut and a very long turn coming into the finish line.

The 1V8+ rowed well against stiff competition. They got 5th out of 7, losing to top schools such as UW and Stanford. Their time was 17:38.

The 2V8+ finished 8th out of 9. Bow seat Ryan Mather-Haaland said “We were really motivated at the end of the race when one of Stanford’s boats came up behind us and tried to pass. We rowed hard throughout, but really pushed it at the end.” They finished with a time of 18:40.

The 3V8+ finished 9th out of 11 with a time of 18:57. They beat one of rival Gonzaga’s boats.

The 4’s had good races as well. The 2V4+ got 10th with a time of 20:09. The 1V4+ got 11th, getting the same time. They had a great race, but unfortunately were penalized a minute for failing to yield to another boat.

Coach Hurley was happy with how the crews raced, saying "The Cougar Varsity executed well with regard to fundamental aspects of our training so far. The power was present in the top varsity 8+. When they had the opportunity to split into two varsity 4+s later in the day, they addressed issues of complacency and demonstrated solid depth and competitiveness within the top varsity.”

The men are excited for their next race this coming weekend. All of their experience this fall has gotten them ready to race Gonzaga one final time this season.

The lightweight women made a tough run of Head of the Lake this year. Conditions were poor as wind and rain got stronger throughout the morning, and the Cut became a sloshing washing machine. Despite this and other setbacks the girls proved once again that they work well under pressure in adverse situations.

The varsity 4+ sporting a single novice placed seventh out of eight with a time of 23:41. Right after the ladies exited the Cut, bow seat Katie Fowler felt some abnormalities with her rigger and found she had lost her top nut. For the duration of the race she set the boat to not cause damage to the rigger. This made the turn at the end of the course quite challenging but these girls pulled through.

The lightweight double finished fifth in the Women's Open 2x. Wheeler and Montgomery are still beginners in the sculling trade and remain hard workers in the hopes of becoming a competitive lineup. First timer on the course Wheeler says she "was distracted with where they were going," but if they were to do it again they would come out on top. Every experience is a learning experience.

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Cougar Crew Steps Up for the Head of the Lake

By Ryan Mather-Haaland and Tabitha Wheeler

Despite working a fundraiser in Pullman until 5:00pm, Cougar Crew will be racing a slew of boats at the Head of the Lake regatta in Seattle this Sunday morning. The 5000m headrace from Lake Union to Lake Washington starts at 8:00am.

The Head of the Lake is a great chance for the Cougars to race some of the top teams on the west coast. UW will be our biggest opponent. Other boats in the races include Gonzaga, Oregon State, U Victoria, British Columbia, and Stanford.

The men’s team will bring three 8’s with 8 athletes doubling up and rowing in two 4’s as well. The 1V4+ will be composed of the four athletes from the stern of the 1V8+. The 2V4+ will be composed of three athletes from the bow of the 1V8+ and one from the 2V8+.

Head Coach Arthur Ericsson said of the 3V8+ “They've all had solid rows in fours and as an eight have now begun rowing like an A boat with set, ratio and power” and that “The scale and caliber of this regatta is an important part of the development process for our team to be competitive."

The lightweight women will be finishing their Fall season at Head of the Lake, with the opportunity to test themselves against all levels of competition.

The women’s varsity four will race in the 4+ event against funded programs from UW and the University of Portland, as well as club rivals Oregon and Union Bay.

The women’s varsity double will be the program's first sculling entry in this regatta. The double will take on a pair of crews from Canadian university Fraser Valley and some experienced masters entries.

Lightweight Coach Giles Dakin-White says "This year's HotL is quite an adventure for us. Circumstances with the V4 have seen some late lineup shuffling and lack of water time, but the crew seems determined to lay down the power and upset some heavyweight programs. The 2x is a new venture for us, adding sculling to our repertoire, and Grace and Tabitha have been working hard to lead the charge of WSU Lightweight sculling."

The men’s 1V8+ and 2V8+ will race at 8:00am. The 3V8+ races at 8:13am. The men’s 4’s race at 10:00am. The women’s lightweight 1V4+ will race at 8:45am. The women’s 2x will race at 10:44am.

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Cougs Dominate at the Charlie Brown Regatta

By Ryan Mather-Haaland and Tabitha Wheeler

This last weekend, the men’s novice and lightweight women raced in the Charlie Brown regatta on the Willamette river. It was classic Portland weather, with a cool morning and calm water.

The novice rowed well in the 8s. The novice A boat got first place by 44 seconds. The novice B boat caught a crab right at the beginning, but they quickly recovered and rowed well for the rest of the race. They ended in 3rd, 11 seconds behind the Lewis and Clark boat in second and 55 seconds behind the WSU A novice boat. The novice C boat was late to the starting line, and ended up racing with no other boats on the course. Without the motivation of catching other crews, they finished 2 minutes and 4 seconds behind the novice B boat. They beat UPS by a technicality, since UPS missed a buoy and was penalized 1 minute.

After racing in the 8s, most of the novice returned to the water in 4s. They were tired at the start, but motivated each other to do well throughout the race. The heavyweight 4A got first place. The lightweight 4A finished 2nd, 52 seconds behind the heavy 4A. They were rowing well until UPS came too close and the boats clashed oars. Unfortunately, they came to a complete stop in the final turn before the finish line. UPS finished in 3rd. The lightweight 4B finished in 4th behind UPS. Right after the starting line their bow seat’s foot stretchers broke, but they continued to row as hard as they could. Blake Bryson was pleased with the row, and said that “We were all shouting at each other and the adrenaline was super high. It’s probably the best race I ever rowed.” The heavyweight 4B finished in 5th place.

Coach Arthur Ericsson said that “Every day they are finding chunks of boat speed in all kinds of ways.” It is apparent from their racing that the novice are getting faster and more confident on the water.

The Lightweight Women had a good run at Charlie Brown. The WLT4+ finished first with a 1:19 minute lead over second place, UPS. The ladies looked strong across the finish and will continue to work on power. WLTN4+ crossed the line third only 33 seconds off UPS’s stern. Our girls were on course to take UPS’s 4+ when a rogue men’s 8+ pushed them to the outside of a turn under the bridge. They lost time getting back on course, but we are proud of our girls ability to adapt in adverse situations.

On that note, our WLTV2x came second to Lewis and Clark’s WV2x after a cruiser came down the course during the small boats race. Montgomery and Wheeler continue to train hard in the double in preparation for Head of the Lake in Seattle. Overall, the lightweight ladies are happy with their progress as they get more races under their belts.

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Rowing the Willamette for the Charlie Brown Regatta

By Ryan Mather-Haaland and Tabitha Wheeler

The Charlie Brown is a regatta held on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. At 4,500 meters, it is slightly shorter than a traditional head race. A new race for both the men and women of Cougar Crew, it is another opportunity to get the novice into racing spirit and gauge where we sit with other crews in the area.

Unfortunately, the varsity men will not be able to race as they are staying in Pullman to fundraise. Only the novice will represent the men.

The novice men are bringing 3 full 8s, as well as 2 lightweight 4s and 2 heavy 4s. Many novice will hotseat to make this possible, giving them a very full day of racing.

The novice are excited. They think that the Head of the Spokane was a great start, but they are ready to do even better. Sam Callan said, "Our last race in Spokane broke us into the racing mentality that we need to perform well and that, along with several fixes from Spokane make us ready to compete in Portland." They have been rowing well at practice and are sure to put in a strong effort this weekend.

The lightweight women are taking a 4+, novice 4+, and varsity 2x. None of these lineups have raced together before, and the girls are being put to the test to work together and pull hard.

Second year oarswomen Grace Montgomery and Tabitha Wheeler have been learning to scull this fall season. Wheeler says, "We've worked hard, learned fast, and are eager to see what our efforts can bring us."

Fourth year oarswoman, Simone Parker, feels confident in her 4+ lineup with novice Alyx Powell in the mix. "Three of the four of us have rowed together for years now and although we have a novice in our boat I am more than confident in her abilities. The ultimate goal is to have a good row and feel great coming off the water."

Competition will include University of Oregon, Lewis and Clark, Pacific Lutheran, and University of Puget Sound.

The novice men's 8, WLTV4+ and WLTN4+ will start racing at 10:00am. The men's 4s and WLTV2x will race at 11:45am. The race will be this Saturday, October 24th. The teams will be racing out of a boathouse in Oak Parks in SE Portland

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First Head of the Charles

By Ryan Mather-Haaland

On a cold Sunday, the first WSU Men’s Crew boat raced at the Head of the Charles. The first place boat was NTC, with a time of 14:49.841. The Cougars finished last, with a time of 16:42.310. They were 2:39.029 behind the top boat.

Even though the Cougs didn’t do well overall, they raced really well. They fought through very inconsistent headwinds and navigated the previously unknown course without error. Each rower had length and power during every stroke, and pushed themselves down the entire course. The men also beat their time at Head of the Spokane by 10 seconds, even though there were many adverse conditions. The lightweights learned their lesson at Gonzaga, and applied what they learned in Boston.

After the race, coach Hurley said, “I thought we rowed well. The points of emphasis we addressed in training were clearly present. The east coast programs merely offered our young crew a lesson in elite level racing. A lesson we will be happy to pass along to our west coast competition.” The Cougars won’t see many of these crews again this year, but it was a great opportunity to see how top schools race.

Overall, it was an amazing opportunity. Griffin Berger said, “It was an honor to compete against high end ivy league schools” and that “it was a great experience and everyone loved it.” Everyone who went is thankful for the opportunity they were given, and will take this experience with them through the rest of their rowing career.

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First Time in Boston

By Ryan Mather-Haaland

For the first time in the history of Cougar Crew, a boat is being sent to the Head of the Charles regatta in Boston. Last spring, the men's LWT8 and LWT4 both won their respective events at WIRA. After getting back, Coach Arthur decided that if Washington State has the fastest lightweight program on the west coast, it should mix it up with the powerhouse east coast schools and put WSU on the map for lightweight rowing.

The Head of the Charles is the largest two-day rowing event in the world. It is a very prestigious race for Cougar Crew to participate in. The course starts at Boston University's boathouse and finishes near Northeastern University's boathouse. It is known as a difficult course for crews to properly navigate.

The rowers and coach who are attending think this is a great opportunity for the team. Coach Hurley said, "this race provides the young Cougar Crew with invaluable race experience," since it is such a large event. Rower Nick Jaeger said that he is excited to go since "our boat gets to represent our team in one of the biggest regattas there is, for the first time. When we are not racing we get the chance to watch the top teams race each other." This will be an opportunity to see teams that Cougar Crew has never seen before. Teams from the top schools around the country will be present, as well as some national teams.

Coach Hurley thinks that the lightweights are ready to race. he has said that they "have shown high caliber speed during practice and have excelled on the ergs." His question for the crew is, "what story do you wish to write in Boston?" If the mean race as hard as they have been practising, they are sure to add to the strong history of Cougar Crew.

The team is getting a new lightweight 8 in Boston, and the men will race this new boat. The lightweights will race at 4:06pm pacific time, their bow number will by 16 out of 17

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Cougars Came Close to Gonzaga

By Ryan Mather-Haaland and Tabitha Wheeler

Conditions were great as the first few boats started racing. It was nice and warm when the varsity launched, and they raced with calm water and little wind. The Cougar 1V8+ lost by 27 seconds to the Gonzaga 1V8+. Gonzaga’s 1V8+ was a heavyweight boat, but the WSU 1V8+ for this race was the lightweight 8 that will be going to Boston for Head of the Charles this coming weekend. It was a good tune-up for them to race their lineup before Boston.

In the 2V8+ event the Cougars won by 3 seconds. The Cougar heavyweight varsity eight was raced in this event.

In the 3V8+ event, 2 alumni, John Gehring and Curtis Treiber, filled in the lineup. The boat did well for not having rowed the lineup before the race, They lost by 1:25.

Novice put up a good fight as well. As they came around the last corner into the final 1500 meters of the race the wind started to pick up and gave the novice a challenge as they worked through the headwind. Even with the conditions, the novice looked strong coming across the finish line. The 1N8+ lost by 2:18.

The 2N8+ caught up to the 1N8+ at the end of the race. They finished with a time 15 seconds faster than the 1N8+, and only lost to Gonzaga by 7 seconds. Novice Sean Cornia said, “For a first race we had a really good set” and that the rowing felt strong and smooth, but that it hurt a lot more than he expected it to.

The 3N8+ finished last with a time of 20:51, which was 1:12 behind the 2N8+.

Cougar Crew’s LWT women’s V4+ went down the course in 22:31, only 20 seconds behind WSU’s openweight novice women. The girls were using this race as a practice run for Head of the Lake in the upcoming weeks. Katie Fowler, the V4+’s bow seat, reports their boat “was able to naturally row together without struggle and maintain power,” what they are really looking to accomplish is “fine tuning and overall fitness.”

As the LWT women’s 2V8+ was made up of six novice and two varsity it was really a practice run to show these ladies what they’re in for and help whip them into shape. With a finishing time of 0:24:23 the girls came in sixth out of six against WSU’s and Gonzaga’s novice men. Novice Alyx Powell spoke out about the girls new found appreciation for hand calluses and the beauty of the water.

The LW2x scratched their race.

WSU 1V8+ holding off Gonzaga's 2V8+

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A Great First Outing

By Ryan Mather-Haaland

The crew team got back from its first big event on Sunday afternoon. They spent the weekend camping and racing in Pend Orielle, Idaho.

The camping trip was fun for the whole team. Everyone got plenty of time to meet the others on the team. It was a great opportunity for the novice and varsity rowers to spend some time together and get to know one another.

Unfortunately, there was an injury on the trip. Novice and varsity buddies have traditionally arm-wrestled as a way to meet each other. During one matchup, a novice, Dylan, had his arm broken and was raced to the emergency room. Dylan was in good spirits after returning from the hospital and plans to participate in as many team activities as possible while recovering. He should be able to fully rejoin the team in time for the spring season.

Novice coxswain Raquel Guerra-Lewis said, "Even though the water was really bad, there's nothing I would have rather done than get soaked with my boat during that race." All of the rowers had fun, but wish they could have finished.

The canceled races gave the team plenty of time at the campground. Novice Kurin Pandlher said it was great getting closer to the rest of the team, and "to me it feels good knowing that these guys and girls will be with me this year and more."

Head of the Pend Oreille and Camping Trip

By Ryan Mather-Haaland

Cougar Crew's first big event is coming up. The team is spending the weekend camping near Priest River, Idaho. The varsity and novice from both the men and lightweight women's teams are going, which will give everyone a great chance to get to know each other. This is the time that every novice member gets assigned a varsity buddy, which will give them someone to help them out with rowing and school questions that they might have.

On Saturday, everyone will race their first 5k of the season. It will be a great low­-pressure first race for the novice so that they know what to expect when the team heads to Gonzaga on October 10th. Arthur has created lineups that mix novice and varsity men and women to bring everyone closer together as they move into the year.

After the races, each team will present the history of their boat to everyone else on the trip.

The first boat to race will be the lightweight women’s 2x at 10:25am. The first four eights will race at 10:40am, and the second set of three eights will race at 12:10pm.

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Silver Success

By Ashley Vomund and Tabitha Wheeler

The 2015 season for Cougar Crew has come to a successful close as the team heads back to Pullman. The Men’s and Women’s team scored three silver medals this weekend, earning the whole team sixth place for ACRA’s. The boats that were unable to medal still demonstrated the depth and power that has defined this season.

The first crew to win a silver medal for Cougar Crew was the Men’s 2x. “August (Boyle) and I struggled to race well this season,” second-year oarsman Michael Marelli said, “We were glad to be able to put it together for the most important race of the year and come home with a silver.”

The Men’s Lightweight 4+ claimed the second silver medal of the day with a time of 6:44.47 in their final race. From the start the Lightweights held the silver position, and were able to move up on the gold-winning competition.

The last silver medal was taken by the Women’s Lightweight 4+ impressively at 7:58.02. It’s impressive because the boat steering broke during the warm up!

Outside of the podium crews, every boat finished in the top ten of their event. The Men’s Varsity 8+ pulled an impressive 5:52.90 in their semi-finals, the best time they have had all season. Unfortunately the competition was able to squeeze them out of Grand Finals by .4 seconds. Though disappointed, the Varsity 8+ attacked the Petite Finals and pulled a 6:02.50 despite a shift to a headwind after the 500m mark

The Men’s Novice 8+ stepped up to the plate and fought for an impressive 6:14.40 and a fifth place finish.

The Men’s Novice 4+, after a close call in their heats, was able to finish 8th overall with a time of 7:12.72 in their final race. From the start they fought in the leading pack, and were able to beat Michigan!

The Women’s Junior Varsity 4+ held with the 2nd and 3rd place crews until the last 150 meters where they finished 4th by 0.21 seconds at 8:08.48.

The 2014-2015 season is easily defined as a successful one for all of Cougar Crew. Whether it be scoring medals at WIRA’s and ACRA’s or beating Gonzaga in three of four races to claim the Fawley Cup, this year’s crews have surpassed every challenge presented to them. Cougar Crew looks forward to bring this momentum into the next season! Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of the Parent Boosters and the Alumni. Everyone in Cougar Crew is grateful for your support!

Go Cougs!


By Ashley Vomund and Tabitha Wheeler

The finale of the Cougar Crew racing season is here with the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) National Championship Regatta! The best rowers and coxswains on both the Lightweight Women and the Men’s Team are ready to compete with the top club crews in the nation. The Lightweight Women’s Cougar Crew is proud to represent WSU for the second time at ACRAs. The last two weeks of their training has been very intense as both fours are new lineups. The girls learned from their ups and downs at WIRAs and are ready to put their new knowledge to the test.

Saturday will determine which places the Cougars can compete for on Sunday. In order to progress to Semi-Finals or Grand-Finals, each crew must finish in the top boats in their heats. If a crew is unable to finish in the top few spots, then they will race Saturday afternoon in the Repechages (Reps).

Opening the day for the Cougars, the 2x will race at 8:40am and must finish in the top three to move to the Grand-Finals without racing in the Reps. After winning a bronze medal at WIRAs and a gold medal at Pac-12s, the 2x is ready to fight the best crews. “;We’re looking to medal, but it’s hard to gauge the level of competition,” second-year oarsman August Boyle stated, “Based on our times from practices we should have a decent shot at the top 3…”

At 9:34am, the Novice 4+ will race in lane 6. The top two crews in their heat will head to Grand Finals, and the rest will get a second chance in the Reps. This will be their first race in their full lineup, but three of the rowers and the coxswain are from the WIRA silver-medal Second Novice 8+.

The Men’s Novice 8+ will get their chance to show their speed at 10:34am in lane 3. Top two crews head to Grand Finals. “We are restlessly eager to show everyone what we can do!” first-year oarsman Josh Weaver stated. This past week the Novice 8+ has shown its strength on the Snake River while racing the Varsity 8+, and they are ready to apply that speed to these final races.

The Gold-medal Lightweight 4+ will compete at 10:54am in lane 5. The top three crews head to Grand Finals. After solidifying their position as “best in the west” at WIRAs, the crew looks to bring home a medal for Cougar Crew.

The Varsity 8+ will conclude heats for Cougar Crew at 12:14pm in lane 5. The top three crews move to Semi-Finals on Sunday. The Varsity 8+, after placing 8th last year, is aiming for a spot in the top five.

At 2:44pm Saturday, the Women’s JV4+ will race for lanes. The four has some powerful rowers in their midst and are working to drive that power together. They will move onto their final on Sunday at 10:48am.

The Women’s LWT4+ is quick and sharp with Rachel Crowther stroking. They will race for lanes Saturday at 3:20pm and compete in their final at 11:56am, Sunday.

Keep an eye on the Cougar Crew Facebook page and Twitter page for updates throughout the weekend! After Saturday’s racing, a second article will be released to cover Cougar Crew’s progress.

Pac-12’s and PCRC’s

By Ashley Vomund

Cougar Crew faced off against the best crews in the nation this weekend at Lake Natoma, CA. Besides University of Colorado, these crews will move on to race the top funded programs in the nation. Cougar Crew has always used this race to raise the standards of each boat, and this year is no exception!

Pac-12’s took place on Sunday with three Cougar crews entered. The Varsity Lightweight 4+ faced off against University of Washington, University of California Berkeley, and University of Colorado’s Heavyweight 4+’s. Dropping Colorado off the start, the Cougs were able to place third with a 7:02.82, earning Cougar Crew a bronze medal.

The Novice 8+ raced shortly after, facing off against this level of competition for the first time. The Novice stayed right on Oregon State’s stern until the last 250 meters when Oregon pulled away with a huge sprint. “We had difficulty with connecting in our race, but the power was definitely there,” first-year coxswain Kyla Cobbs said. Though dissatisfied with their result of a 6:36.05, they plan to use this race as motivation to focus and train hard for this last week to Nationals.

The Varsity 8+ finished the day with a powerful 6:23.40 in a strong headwind. “We focused too much on beating Oregon State,” third-year oarsman Josh Benson stated, “At ACRA’s we will focus on racing our best, and the results will come.”

Racing in Pac-12’s was not the only reason Cougar Crew traveled to Sacramento. Saturday was full of successful Cougar racing as well as the Novice scrimmaged against University of California Davis in West Sacramento. The Novice split into three 4+’s and competed in several unofficial pieces against Davis’s JV and Novice 4+’s. In addition, the double raced in the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships (PCRC’s) which resulted in a 12 second victory.

This weekend was another successful trip for Cougar Crew, adding a gold and bronze medal to the growing collection for the season! The Cougars will row for two more days on the Snake River this week before heading off to Gainesville, GA for ACRA’s.

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Cougs Defend Fawley

By: Hayden Wise

Cougar Crew continued their winning ways by winning three of four races against Gonzaga in a successful defense of the Fawley Cup. All crews raced in a solid headwind with light choppy water.

The Varsity 8 beat the Bulldogs by open water for their second year in a row. This is the first year since 1989 that the Cougs successfully defended the Fawley Cup. The Bulldogs held even with the Cougs through the 500 meter mark, but the Cougs slowly walked to a one length lead in the middle 1000 meters. In the last 500 meters the Cougs opened up an open water lead and only added to the margin.

”This was a great win to build off of a successful weekend at WIRA,“ Commodore Max Vaughn said. ”We battled against a fast crew and are excited to see what we can do at ACRA’s.“

In the closest race of the day, the third Varsity 8 edged out the Bulldogs by a second after an exciting last 1000 meters. The Cougars were ahead by a full boat length with 750 meters left, then a boat-stopping crab placed the Cougs in an open water deficit. The Cougs then clawed back even with only 100 meters to go. The last 20 strokes squeezed the Cougs to a two seat victory.

Head Coach Arthur Ericsson was ecstatic about the third varsity 8’s performance. ”The third varsity eight really came together for a breakout race,“ Ericsson said. ”Our third level boats reflect our depth and are just as much a part of our success.“

The Novice A followed up the third Varsity 8 performance with a convincing nine second victory over Gonzaga. The Novice got up off the start and never let it go. Their time of 7:03 was good for an open water victory.

The Second Varsity 8+ shot off the line even with Gonzaga, but could not keep pace. The Cougs used a similar lineup to the lightweight 8 from last weekend. They finished with a time of 7:00.53.

Cougar Crew’s next test will be on May 17th as the Cougs travel to the Pac-12 Championships in Lake Natoma.

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In for a Dogfight

By: Hayden Wise

After an outstanding performance at the WIRA Championships, Cougar Crew is traveling to Medical Lake tomorrow morning to defend the Fawley Cup against Gonzaga.

The Varsity 8+, just off a silver medal finish at WIRA, is ready for a dogfight as the Cougs are looking to win back-to-back The Fawley Cup for the first time since 1989. The Cougars and Bulldogs have raced recent times of 6:08 and 6:03 respectively which will create some exciting racing. “Gonzaga is a fast crew,” third-year coxswain Ashley Vomund said, “But so are we. I’m excited to see what we can do.” They race at 9am and will decide who wins the Fawley Cup.

The Cougars will also show off the depth of their novice class as three Novice 8’s will take on one of Gonzaga’s novice crews. This will be the only race of the day that features more than 2 boats dueling. The Novice 8 event will start at 10:15.

The schedule of events will also include the Second Varsity and Third Varsity 8+. The Second Varsity 8+ has all but one rower from the Lightweight 8 that won WIRA last weekend. The 2V8 will race at 9:15 am. The Third Varsity 8+ will race at 9:30am and consist of a mixed lineup of varsity and novice heavyweights.

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Bringing Home Medals

By: Hayden Wise, Ashley Vomund, Katie Shadler

Cougar Crew had a record-breaking weekend at Lake Natoma, winning two WIRA championships and six medals overall.

The Lightweight Men led the charge for the Cougs winning both the Lightweight 4+ and the Lightweight 8+. The Lightweight 4 came out of the blocks strong and gained a full-length lead over the field. San Diego State made a move at the 750 and pulled within a couple of seats of the Cougs. The four immediately responded and put the race out of San Diego’s reach for the win. Alyssa Kodama, coxswain for the four, said “I am so incredibly thrilled to take home the trophy again. I could see San Diego just out of the corner of my eye, but I knew we had what it took to hold them off.”

The Lightweight 8+ came out of the gates strong pulling out to a three quarter length lead by the 500 meter mark and soon gained open water through the thousand meter mark. California made a move with 750 meters to go, but the Cougs immediately pressed them off finishing 10.3 seconds above second place UCSB. Third year oarsman and Commodore elect Griffin Berger said, “It’s pretty breathtaking to be the first Cougs to win two championships at one WIRA championships.”

The Varsity 8+ medaled for the first time since 2010 with a second place finish. “We knew it was going to be a dogfight, so we made it our dogfight,” bow seat John Dorscher stated. The V8 had an aggressive start, putting them in second after the first 20 strokes. Santa Clara University held on to the Cougars into the sprint, but the V8 pushed them away to secure second place by 2.2 seconds. “Everyone pulled their hearts out during the race,” said third year oarsman Curtis Treiber. “When I saw that Dorscher had to be carried off, I knew that the boat left it all on the course.”

The Second Novice surprised the field after going from last off the start to a silver medal finish. After a hectic start they started to pick off crew after crew until they eventually passed second place UC Irvine to open water. UCSB despite catching an earlier crab made a late push to contest for the silver medal, but the Cougs held them off.

In its first year as an event at WIRA, the Men’s and Women’s Double started the medal frenzy on Saturday night when they both took home bronze medals. The Men’s double surged out of the blocks into third place where they were down by a length to second place Seattle University into the 1000 meter mark. The Cougs made a push in the last 500 meters to catch Seattle U, but were edged out in the end by about a length. The Women’s double jumped into third place right off the start and never let their spot on the podium go.

The Men’s Novice 8+ made the Grand Final comfortably on Saturday, but got caught off guard at the starting line and could not recover enough to surpass UC Irvine. The Novice 8+’s time of 6:35.7 placed them fifth overall.
The Men’s Varsity 4+ fought hard in the Grand Finals, proving that Cougar Crew has some powerful rowers throughout the Varsity lineup. Stern pair had medaled on Saturday in the Men’s Double event. Off the start the Cougs were second, then held on tight to the pack. The rowers placed sixth in a tight field.

Cougar Crew’s next race will be May 2nd when they travel to Gonzaga University for the annual Fawley Cup.

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Attack of the Cougs

By Hayden Wise, Ashley Vomund, Katie Shadler, and Tabitha Wheeler

The Cougars are ready for their first Championship test of the season as they take on the best club crews on the West Coast! This weekend both the Men’s and Women’s Lightweight teams will be racing in the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Regional Championships.

After nearly placing third last year the Men’s Varsity 8 looks primed to take on the West Coast. The V8+ will take on rivals UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine and UCLA in their heat on Saturday at 2:30pm in lane three. The top three crews in this race will head into the Grand Finals, with the rest of the crews racing in Petite Finals and Third Finals.

Looking to repeat last year’s title, the Men&@8217;s Lightweight 4+ will race at their heat Saturday at 10:10am in lane one. The crew seeks to use WIRA as a springboard to the start of a great Championship season push. These rowers will also race as part of the Men’s Lightweight 8+ in a straight final Sunday at 11:20am in lane two. They are seeded second coming in and are placed between traditional lightweight powerhouses UCSB and Cal Lightweights.

Beginning Saturday’s races, the Women’s Novice Lightweight 4+, having a consistent lineup throughout the season, will race Saturday morning at 8:30am in lane 6. The top 3 crews will head into the Grand Finals on Sunday at 8:10am, with the rest of the crews racing later on Saturday in the Third Finals at 3:10pm and Petite Finals at 3:20pm.

Following shortly after, the Men’s Novice 4+ will race at 8:50am in lane three. The Novice 4+ event has the most entries of all the races, with three full heats. This will be the final race for the Novice 4+, and they are excited to make their mark on Lake Natoma.

The women will again take the stage at 10:30am with their Varsity 4+ in lane 5. The “boat has a lot of powerful people” in it, says varsity rower Simone Parker, “we row quite well for having only been out together a handful of times.”

The Men’s Varsity 4+ will follow at 11:00am in lane 3, racing for the first time with the chosen lineup. Though the competition is unknown, the Cougars will aim to make Grand Finals.
Ending the morning races, the Men’s Novice 8+ will race at 11:50am in lane three. The Novice 8+ has improved from their already impressive results earlier in the season, and they have their eyes on the medal stand.

The Women’s Lightweight 4+ will race at 9:10am on Sunday in lane 1 as a straight final. The Women have been working this lineup consistently at practice and varsity rower Brooke Wedelich is “stoked to be stroking.” The same four women also serve as bow four in the Lightweight 8+ later that day.

The Women’s Lightweight 8+ finish off the straight finals with a combination of rowers from the Novice 4+, the Lightweight 4+, and the Varsity 4+ at 11:30am on Sunday in lane 2.

The Women’s 2x will race at 5:40pm on Saturday. It’s the women’s first time racing a double but “I know we have each others backs” reports varsity rower Elizabeth Le.

Finishing off Saturday, the Men’s 2x will race at 5:50pm on Saturday in lane 6. This evening race is a Straight Final, so there are no heats. Though this is the only race the double will compete in, both rowers will also race in the Men’s Varsity 4+.

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Cougs Hang Tough VS. UW

By: Ashley Vomund and Hayden Wise

Here they come!

Thank you Catherine Weatbrook for the above photo!

The Cougars only home spring regatta has concluded! With a light tailwind and no delays, the Cougars were able to pull excellent results. These races have been dedicated to Nathan Sparks, who is currently fighting Melanoma in the hospital. In the fall he was one of the top Novice rowers, and his fight inspired each crew to give their best for Friday’s races.

The Cougars began the day with the Varsity 8+ and Lightweight 8+ racing UW’s Fourth Varsity 8+. Though UW won with a 6:00.94, the V8+ and Lightweight 8+ both pulled excellent times, 6:08.69 and 6:21.99 respectively. “We capitalized on the opportunity to both challenge ourselves against a fast crew and prepare for the high level of competition to come,” said Vice Commodore and fourth year oarsman John Gehring.

Next the Novice 8+ took on the Huskies in a head-to-head battle. “The conditions were a lot better than I expected,” said novice coxswain Kyla Cobbs “We put up a pretty solid 2k time, only 8 seconds off of the varsity lightweights. We have a few adjustments to work on these next two weeks before WIRA’s that will hopefully shave a few seconds of our 2k.”

The Cougars also raced three 4+’s against UW in the Varsity 4+ event. The top V4+ consisted of the four Seniors on the team, and the Second V4+ was filled with the top Lightweights. Both crews had also raced in the Varsity 8+ event at the beginning of the day. The Third V4+ was filled with the top JV Heavyweights. The First V4+ led the Cougars to the finish at a 6:49.80, followed closely by the Lightweight 4+ six seconds later. The Third V4+ finished the event at a 7:16.77.

To end the 8+ events, the Second and Third Novice 8+ raced UW’s Freshman 8+. The Cougar’s Second Novice had an excellent race, finishing at a 6:37.63, only eight and a half seconds behind the top Cougar Novice 8+. The Second Novice look forward to earn a spot for the post-season races.

For the final race, the Cougars put together their top Novice 4+ and raced two of UW’s Freshman 4+. Racing for the first time as a lineup, the Novice finished at a 7:06.40, only fourteen seconds behind the Huskies’ Freshman B 4+ crew.
After the racing concluded, the crew invited their mothers to participate in a Mom’s Row, filling up three eights with current rowers and their mothers. Thank you to all of the Alumni and family that traveled to cheer on the Cougs!

Cougar Crew’s next race will be on April 25th and 26th as they compete in the WIRA Championships.

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Apple Cup 2015
April 9, 2015

By: Hayden Wise and Ashley Vomund

Here they come!

Thank you Catherine Weatbrook for the above photo!

The Cougs look to defend the Snake River tomorrow as they take on the University of Washington (UW) in their only home regatta of the season. Due to windy predictions for Saturday, the race has been rescheduled for 4pm on Friday. Cougar Crew is dedicating each race to teammate Nathan Sparks as he is in the hospital fighting melanoma. He has been our top novice this season and we wish him the best and hope to race with the same intensity that he showed every practice.

The Varsity 8+ will begin the day at 4pm, and the Cougs are ready to fight for a win. “I’m pretty excited to throw down some pieces tomorrow,” junior oarsman Alex Johnson said. “Having the opportunity to be able to race a division of their team gives us a great opportunity to show that even a club team can put up a good fight.”

Alongside the V8+, the Second Varsity 8+ look to make their mark as well. “We’re looking forward to getting a chance to race one of the best programs in the nation,” third year oarsman David Hammond said. “We have a lot of respect for those guys, and we hope to have a good outing and see where we stack up.”

The Novice 8+ will race at 4:45pm against UW’s second Novice 8+. The Novice are looking forward to practicing their race plan against powerful competition. They will use the race as a time trial to measure their improvement from Daffodils and to get ready for their Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships.

To end the Varsity events, three Cougar Varsity 4’s will compete against two UW Varsity 4’s. These lineups will feature a battle between WSU’s strongest rowers from the Varsity 8+, Lightweight 8+, and the JV 8+.

The Second Novice 8+ and Third Novice 8+ will compete at 5:45pm against UW’s Second Freshman 8+. These two eights are eager to battle against a top-notch crew.
As the final race before WIRA’s, the Apple Cup introduces the Cougs to the intense level of competition they will face at Nationals.

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Closing that Gap

By Katie Shadler

The Lightweight Women were welcomed with impressive times in both the V8+ and N4+ at the Husky Open this weekend.

The V8+ started with smooth conditions in the 2nd earliest race of the day. From the start, the Lightweights kept close with the crews, with a half a boat length behind Puget Sound through most of the race. Through the cut, however, there was confusion over where the finish line was as well as where the other crews were in respect to the Lightweights. “The confusion at the end is just a result of us being a young team without a lot of racing experience,” says 6th seat varsity rower Allison Thomas, “once we get used to that close competition, we’ll be able to finish even stronger.” Regardless, the Lightweights finished with a solid time of 7:33.784.

Like a mirror image to the likes of the V8+, the N4+, not only raced against varsity heavyweight crews, but were neck and neck with Puget Sound throughout the entire race. “I would like to have beat the boat in front of us [Puget Sound],” says novice rower and stroke Rachel Crowther, “but we walked through a lot of their seats.” The cox box went out through the cut so the sprint was not recognized by the rowers in the boat and they “didn’t know how far they were from the finish line” says Crowther. The N4+ finished just behind Puget Sound with a time of 7:33.784.

The Men’s next race will be against the University of Washington on April 11th at Wawawai Landing. The Lightweight Women’s next race is at WIRA Conference Championships, along with the Men’s team, on April 25th/26th.


College W 2V8
1. UP 7:06.910
2. WWU 7:19.502
3. UPS 7:25.152
4. WSU LW 7:33.784

College W V4
1. UW 7:13.247
2. UPS 8:08.249
3. WSU LW 8:10.303

4. SPU Scratch

Lightweights at the Husky Open

By Katie Shadler

Here they come!

The Lightweight Women take on the Husky Open for the first time in the history of their program. However, these ladies are not shy to this course. With racing a 5k head race version in the fall at Head of the Lake in which they shaved off 18 seconds off of their previous team record of 21:54.10 with 21:36.73 in a head wind, the V8+ are hoping to bring some of that speed to the 2k course version as well.

Lightweights are in for some tough competition racing full lineups of heavyweights against Western, Portland, and Puget Sound. Their focus is “improvement from race to race,” says varsity rower and stroke Elizabeth Le, “If we beat some heavyweights along the course, that will be just dandy.”

The N4+ consists of three novice and 2nd year oarsman Katie Fowler who substituted as a coxswain last spring due to a rib fracture. This will be their second spring race; however, this lineup is not new. With racing the Daffodil Cup last weekend in stormy conditions, in which the fours got the worst of the waves and the wind; all the finals ended being canceled. “Last week’s row allowed us to get some butterflies off our chests and test our skills” says Fowler, “it is just a matter of sticking to the basics of what we have worked on in practice all season long.”

The V8+ will be racing the College W V8 race in Lane 3 at 8:40am and the N4+ will be racing the College W V4 at 9:10am on Saturday, April 4th.

V8 (8.40am)
1. Healani Brennan
2. Tasha Pabisz
3. Simone Parker
4. Brooke Wedelich
5. Ashley Vu
6. Allison Thomas
7. Katie Shadler
8. Elizabeth Le
c. Sidney Cross

N4 (9.10am)
1. Katie Fowler
2. Teva Mayer
3. Tabitha Wheeler
4. Rachel Crowther
c. Grace Montgomery

Windy Start at Daffodil

By: Hayden Wise, Katie Shadler, and Ashley Vomund

Cougar Crew kicked off the season Cougar Crew kicked off the season in the windy conditions at Daffodil Cup. Wind ranging from 12-14 mph only allowed the Men's 8 and Women's preliminary races to compete.

The Men's Novice B boat collided with Portland State within the first ten strokes. This kickstarted the novice into a high gear to take the lead at the 500m mark and eventually to victory by 26 seconds in the Novice 8+ event. "Overall we did really well. We had great ratio and finishes," novice oarsman Logan Best said. "This experience was a great start to the season, and will inspire us to push ourselves even further this spring."

In the Varsity 8+, the Lightweight 8+ could not make up the deficit from the start as they placed second to Western Washington's Varsity 8+ by five seconds. "When we shifted to race pace we lost our connection each other and were unable to walk back up on Western." third year coxswain Ashley Vomund said. "After the race we made a new race plan that we were very excited to execute but unfortunately the races were canceled."

The Novice A boat also raced well in the Varsity 8+ event. Novice oarsman Ryan Gehring said. "We had a strong power shift and maintained the power throughout the race, but the weather had an effect on us." Their time of 7:33.1 placed them third overall. The Novice C boat also had a great start to the season placing fourth and defeating Western Washington and Lewis & Clark College.

With a strong crosswind coming from port side, the Lightweight Women V8+ collided oars with Oregon within the first 500m "allowing the girls to use this frustration as power to pull a boat length ahead" said second year coxswain Sidney Cross. However, they collided again at the 1000m mark causing both crews to pull behind the other boats. Despite the conditions, the Lightweights pulled a team course record 8:51.3, one boat length behind Oregon.

The weather worsened as the fours took the course. With two crews swamping during the warm up, all fours waited at the line for over half an hour. There were technical difficulties with the times, with the Varsity 4+ finishing just 10.2 seconds behind Portland. "I'm proud that we held our own against a varsity crew!" said novice oarsman Tabitha Wheeler. The JV 4+ finished with a time of 13:15.2, which was “strong and powerful despite the adverse weather conditions" said novice oarsman Ariel Spinrad.

With the strong winds still in play by the time the crews were to set out for the finals, the race officials decided to call off all further races. The Men's Varsity 4+, JV4+, and the JV 4+ B were unable to race.

The Lightweight Women's next race will be at the Husky Open on April 4th in Seattle. The Men will race the University of Washington on April 11th at Wawawai Landing.

Women Varsity 8+
5) Pacific Lutheran University: 8:30.4
6) University of Oregon: 8:43.7
7) Washington State: 8:51.3

Men Varsity 8+
1) Western Washington: 7:03.3
2) WSU Lightweight 8: 7:08.5
3) WSU Novice A: 7:33.1

Men JV/Novice 8+
1) WSU Novice B: 8:20.8
2) Oregon Novice: 8:47.2
3) Portland State: 9:09.7
4) WSU Novice C: 9:19.9
5) Lewis & Clark Novice: 9:31.9
6) Western Washington B: 9:48.9

Women Varsity 4+
1) Western Washington: 0.0
2) Humboldt State: +23.5
3) University of Portland: +40.9
4) Washington State: +51.1
5) Seattle U/ Seattle Pacific: DNF

Women JV/Novice 4+
1) Humboldt State: 10:53.9
2) Portland Novice: 11:12.7
3) Portland State: 11:32.6
4) Lewis and Clark: 11:37.1
5) Humboldt State JV: 11:57.8
6) WSU JV: 13:15.2

Back in the Saddle Again

By: Hayden Wise and Katie Shadler

Final training

Cougar Crew sends a full trailer this Saturday as they race ten boats at Daffodil Cup in Tacoma.

The Varsity 8+ will be separated into two Varsity 4+�s. The Varsity 4+ will be comprised of four seniors who look to remain undefeated at Daffodil Cup. �I always look forward to racing with my fellow seniors,� Vice Commodore John Gehring said. �Rowing with this group for four years has been a blast and I can�t wait for another fast spring season, starting with daffodil tomorrow. Go Cougs!� The Varsity 4A will race at 9:40am while the JV 4+ will race at 9:50am.

The Lightweight Women are primed and ready to go as they look to obliterate times from last year. While conditions are forecasted to be much better this year, the women have already improved by over a minute in the fall 5km races. �All of the rowers have come on considerably at an individual level� said Lightweight Coach Giles Dakin White, �and now we need to shape that into fast crews�. The Lightweight Women will kick off racing at 8:30am with their Varsity 8+. The Novice 4+ race at 9:20am and JV 4+ at 9:30am respectively.

The Men�s Lightweight 8+ and the Novice A will be racing in the Varsity 8+ event with the opportunity to race Western Washington, Puget Sound, and Pacific Lutheran University.

Novice rower Nick Kreizenbeck said, �We�ve put in a lot of work as a boat over the past few weeks and are well prepared for our first 2k.�

The Men�s team will also be showcasing their increased depth within this novice class with three Novice 8�s racing. The Novice B and Novice C will be racing alongside the top novice 8�s from the field. �We have trained all winter for this moment,� commented novice oarsman Ramiro Gonzalez. �Everyone in the boat trusts one another, which translates to the overall speed of the boat�

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Defending the Snake

By: Hayden Wise

Cougar Crew finished off a strong fall racing season by defeating both Gonzaga and Western Washington in the Varsity 8+ and Novice 8+ events today at the Head of the Snake.

The Varsity 8 started in the head race order and opened up a larger margin in the first 1000 meters of the race. Then after a series of surges by the bulldogs from the 2000 meter mark to the 3500 mark, the Cougars opened up a finishing sprint that eventually lead to a seven second victory over the Bulldogs.

The Novice 8+ cruised to a victory over the Gonzaga and Western Washington novice boats with a time of 17:33.7. After catching a boat stopping crab at the 1000 meter mark, the boat kicked it into another gear and won by a 47 second margin. �Once we got to our sprint they just unleashed,� novice coxswain Kyla Cobbs said. �It was awesome to be a part of!�

The Snake river was windy and gave some choppy conditions during the race. Third-year oarsman Michael Sheremet said the conditions were tough to row through, but we were able to hold together enough to earn the victory.

The Second Varsity 8+ edged out Western by a three second margin to place second in the 2V event. The Second Novice 8+ also beat the Vikings; finishing with a time of 18:57.3. The Varsity 4+ fought through the choppy conditions of the race finishing second with a time of 19:57.7.

After the Head of the Snake, Cougar Crew swept Western Washington in a series of one kilometer races to retain possession of the DARE Dual plaque.

Cougar Crew now heads into winter training as they set their sights on spring racing.

Race Results

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Into the Dogfight

By: Hayden Wise

The Snake River is going to host some exciting racing tomorrow as Cougar Crew takes on both the Gonzaga Bulldogs and Western Washington Vikings at Head of the Snake.

The Varsity 8+ race will highlight the head race as all three crews were within ten seconds of each other at Head of the Lake in Seattle last Sunday. Even closer still, Gonzaga and WSU�s Varsity 8�s have battled it out all season having margins of 1.95 and 3.7 seconds at Head of the Spokane and Head of the Lake this fall. The V8+ starts at 9 a.m.

The 2V8+ will be looking forward to their match up this weekend as they look to hold off Gonzaga. �I am expecting great things from the 2V,� third-year oarsman Jake Brisson said. The 2V8 event will follow the V8+ events at about 9:05 a.m.

A few hours after Head of the Snake there will be a 1k race between the WSU and WWU crews as they fight in the annual DARE Duel. These races start at 10:15 a.m. with the Third Novice 8+ with each subsequent race starting 10 minutes after.

3.7 Seconds

By: Hayden Wise and Katie Shadler

The Men�s Varsity 8+ finished fourth at Head of the Lake Sunday as they were nudged out by Gonzaga once again.

The Men�s Varsity 8+ started off strong narrowing the gap with Western Washington. The Cougars would end up narrowing the margin with Western once more on the last 1000 meters, but it was not enough to overtake the Vikings head start. The men finished 3.7 seconds slower than Gonzaga and six seconds faster than Western.

Third-year oarsman Zach Jenson said, �it's clear that more experience for this lineup can help us eke out a lot more untapped potential.� They get their chance on November 8th as the Cougars take on Western Washington and Gonzaga on the Snake River in their last race of the fall season.

The Lightweight Women continue to show improvements from week to week beating last year's time with a 21:36. This put the lightweights in sixth place in the Women's 3V 8+ and .07 seconds behind Gonzaga's 3VB and a second behind Portland at 21:35.

Added to the mix was the V4+ beating out Victoria City and Portland State in 7th place with a time of 26:28. "We snuck up on another boat and were able to pass them by strategically taking the inside lane,� states 2nd year oarsman Brooke Wedelich


Mens Collegiate/Open 8+:
3. Gonzaga University Crew - 17:36.18
4. Washington State University - 17:39.87
5. Western Washington Universty - 17:45.79

Women�s 3V 8+ Event:
4. University of Portland - 21:35.23
5. Gonzaga University Crew B - 21:36.66
6. Washington State University - 21:36.73
7. University of British Columbia - 21:39.64

Women�s Varsity 4+ Event:
6. University of Oregon Rowing - 24:35.15
7. Washington State University - 25:18.33
8. Victoria City Rowing Club - 25:22.73
9. Portland State University Crew - 26:27.92

Varsity 4 Wins at Gonzaga

By: Hayden Wise and Katie Shadler

Head of the Spokane

The Varsity 4A+ defeated Gonzaga Saturday in the Varsity 4+ event after racing in the Varsity 8+.

The Varsity 4A+ was the second boat to cross the start line behind the Gonzaga A boat in the Varsity 4�s event. During the piece they gained ground little by little on the Zag A boat and eventually overtook them in the last 1000 meters. The Varsity 4A+ boat finished with a time of 17:28. �None of us really believed it when Alyssa (the V4A+ coxswain) said we were bow to stern with the four in front of us,� fourth-year oarsman Alex Weatbrook said, �then they started to creep into view and we just hit another gear and moved through them.�

The Varsity 4B+ kept it close with the Gonzaga MV4A+ time wise, but was bested by a 9 second margin. The final time for the Varsity 4B+ was a 17:56.

The Varsity 4�s raced as a Varsity 8+ before the Varsity 4+ event. The Men�s Varsity 8+ raced strong, but came up short as they finished with a time of 15:58. This was about 18 seconds slower than last week with the margin between Gonzaga and WSU increasing to 12 seconds.

The lightweight women raced strong with the Novice 8+ beating out all of the WSU novice (open-weight women) boats by over a minute. Each boat had great improvements from scrimmages and even greater improvements from last year. "It was a great start to the season,� second-year oarsman Tasha Pabisz said, �and I can't wait I see what the year brings us!�

Both the Lightweight Women and Men�s Varsity 8�s will be racing this Sunday at Head of the Lake in Seattle. Gonzaga will be part of the field for Head of the Lake.


WOMEN'S 8+ Varsity Boats
1. GU W3V8- 18:39
2. WSU LWV8- 19:36
3. WSU LW2V8- 21:53

MEN'S 8+ Varsity Boats
1. GU MV8 - 15:46
2. WSU MV8 - 15:58

MEN'S 4+ Varsity Boats
1. WSU MV4A- 17:28
2. GU MV4B- 17:33
3. GU MV4A- 17:47
4. WSU MV4B- 17:56

WOMEN'S 8+ Novice Boats
1. GU WN8A- 19:35
2. WSU LWN8A- 20:34
3. WSU WN8B- 21:46
4. WSU WN8C- 22:12
5. GU WN8B- 22:37
6. WSU WN8A- 30:24

Oh So Close!

The Varsity 8+ of the Cougars were nosed out by 1.95 seconds after a neck and neck head race against Gonzaga at the Head of Spokane Saturday morning.

The headrace staggered the races to have the Bulldogs start first followed closely behind by the WSU crews. The margin between Gonzaga and WSU�s Varsity 8+ held even for much of the race. Gonzaga opened up a full-length lead on WSU with about 1,500 meters to go. Then the Cougar Varsity 8+ closed the gap on the sprint.

"I liked what the varsity 8 did today,� Coach Ericsson said. �The focus was there and the drive to keep pushing out of the comfort zone.� Fourth-Year Oarsman John Gehring said, �It�s hard to get everyone down to the river at the same time, so to pull within a couple seconds of Gonzaga was satisfying.�

The Novice 8+ boat, in their first race as a full novice crew, finished performed well against the Gonzaga Novice 8+ and finished with a time of 17:25. �The boat performed well under the pressure of our first race against another university,� Novice Oarsman Cody Crawford said. �I am excited to race them again in a couple weeks.�

The Second Varsity 8+ showed promise finishing with a time of 16:40. Third-Year-Oarsman Jake Brisson said, �There was lots of strong power and we were able to keep a competitive rate.� The Varsity 4+ raced hard with a fiery sprint and finished with a time of 19:10.

The Second Novice 8+ raced well but could not catch Gonzaga, finishing with a time of 18:33. The Third Novice 8+ finished with a time of 19:13 and the Fourth Novice 8+ finished with a time of 19:33.

The next headrace is at Gonzaga again on October 25 where the Men�s Varsity 8+ and Lightweight Women will take on the Bulldogs for Head of the Spokane.

Going up to Zaga

Head of the Spokane

The Head Race season starts up Saturday morning as Cougar Crew takes on Gonzaga for the Head of the Spokane.

�Head racing season all boils down to the next three weekends,� Head Coach Arthur Ericsson said. �We are fortunate to have such strong teamwork and more depth to start the season off.� The depth he speaks of is two Varsity 8s, four Novice 8s, and a Varsity 4+.

The Varsity 8+ is looking to build on the victory over the Bulldogs at Fawley Cup. �There is a lot of experience in this lineup,� Fourth-Year-Oarsman and Commodore Max Vaughn said. �A lot of returners are building off of what we accomplished last year and should make for some good racing this weekend.�

The novice boats all look to show their work as they race for the first time as full novice crews. �Tomorrow is going to be proof of how hard we've been working,� Novice Oarsman Josh Weaver said. �I expect nothing but the best from every member and know where going to do a great job.�

The races will be in two flights with the Varsity A, B and the Novice A racing at 9:00 a.m. The other Novice B, C, D and the Varsity C (V4+) will race at 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

The Season Began At Pend Oreille

Cougar Crew kicked off the 2014 fall racing season racing mixed lineups at the Head Of Pend Oreille.
Lineup F won the Collegiate Men�s 8+ with an impressive time of 19:03. Lineups consisted of a mixture of Novice, Varsity men, and Lightweight Women rowers and were Arthur Ericsson certified �even lineups�. Placing Second was Lineup G with a time of 19:37.
Cougar Crew also combined the Head of Pend Oreille with their annual camping trip. Highlights include novice buddies being chosen and lineup A winning the Tug-of-War bracket.

Pend Oreille racing results

The next head race for Cougar Crew is The Head of Spokane, vs. Gonzaga. Racing on October 18th starts 8:30 AM.

Cougar Crew Assistant Coaching Staff: New Roles And Hires

The summer search for a new Assistant Coach has concluded with the hiring of David Herrick, a four year oarsman with WSU who will be finishing his last class requirements this fall. For the past two years Giles Dakin-White has been the Men's Assistant, with ownership over the men's novice squads. This, his third year as our graduate assistant, he will be coaching the Lightweight Women's team. For the first time since he started here in 2004 Head Coach Arthur Ericsson will take charge over both the varsity and novice men, using David as his true assistant with duties being assigned in a supporting role. "I'm looking forward to the challenge of developing the novice team," commented Ericsson. "Up until now I've tried to provide support and guidance to the novice coach but in the end you have to sit back and hope that they can develop and retain a strong squad. With a small roster size of returning oarsmen, it will be a good year to test this strategy out." The men will have virtually the same training schedule regardless of their status on the team. Herrick has expressed strong interest in making a career of coaching crew, so this will give him the chance to gain valuable skills on that path. Herrick brings an upbeat personality and strong communication skills which will help him motivate and execute at all levels.

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