COUGAR CREW

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!

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ACRA 2015: Saturday’s Results

By Ashley Vomund and Tabitha Wheeler

Saturday was a fantastic day for Cougar Crew!  Each of the Men’s crews battled for Grand or Semi Finals, and the women’s team battled for the best lanes on the course.  Every boat passed their heats without having to race in the Reps.  

The Men’s 2x placed second in their heat, moving them up to Grand Finals.  They will race on Sunday at 9:42am in lane 6.  

The Men’s Novice 4+ narrowly made it into Grands by .3 seconds.  Their last race will be at 10:40am in lane 2.

The Men’s Novice 8+ had 8 seconds over third place, moving them easily into Grands.  They will race at 11:26am.

The Men’s Varsity 8+ battled Purdue through their race, ending in third by .4 seconds.  By finishing in the top three they will progress to Semi Finals, where they must finish in the top four to progress to Grand Finals.  The Cougars will race at 8:26am in lane 2.

Today the Lightweight Women’s team was racing for lanes in their finals. While they were pushing to do well, their races were mostly about getting a good spot in the finals and saving their legs for their best race on sunday.

The WJV4+ had a strong run coming in first by 1.1 seconds. They will race in lane five at 10:48am.

The WLTW4+ pulled for second, and had a photo finish! It was a close call but they beat Georgia Tech by 0.3 seconds. The girls will also be racing in lane five at 11:56am.

All boats will be racing for places and medals tomorrow!  The livestream link will be posted to the WSU Men’s Crew Facebook page and the WSU Cougar Crew Twitter page.  

Watch the races live at: http://livestream.com/row/events/3722255

Schedule

Sunday - All times are in EST

8:26am -    Men’s Varsity 8+ (Race 80)

9:42am -    Men’s 2x (Race 91)

10:40am -    Men’s Novice 4+ (Race 99)

10:48am -    Women’s Junior Varsity 4+ (Race 100)

11:26am -    Men’s Novice 8+ (Race 105)

11:56am -    Women’s Lightweight 4+ (Race 109)

    

Nationals

By Ashley Vomund and Tabitha Wheeler

     The finale of the Cougar Crew racing season is here with the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA’s) National Championship Regatta!  The best rowers and coxswains on both the Lightweight Women’s Team 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 ACRA’s. The last two weeks of their training has been very intense as both four’s are new lineups. The girls learned from their up’s and down’s at WIRA 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 WIRA’s and a gold medal at Pac-12’s, 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 three…”

     At 9:34am, the Novice 4+ will race in lane six.  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 three.  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 Lightweight 4+ will compete at 10:54am in lane five.  The top three crews head to Grand Finals.  After solidifying their position as "best in the west" at WIRA's, 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 five.  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!

 

Saturday’s Schedule

8:40am -   Men’s 2x

9:34am -   Men’s FN4+

10:34am - Men’s N8+

10:54am - Men’s VL4+

12:14am - Men’s V8+

2:44pm -   Women’s JV4+

3:20pm -   Women’s LTW4+

 

Lineups

Men’s 2x

  1.  Michael Marelli
  2. August Boyle

Men’s Novice 4+

  1.  Morgan O'Dell
  2.  Kavan Dewar
  3.  Ryan Krastins
  4.  Tosh Hickman
  5.  Noah Atiya

Men’s Novice 8+

  1.  Nick Jaegar
  2.  Josh Weaver
  3.  Jayson Beech
  4.  Jay Rabinstien
  5.  Ryan Gehring
  6. Parker Schumaker
  7.  Cole Borseth
  8.  Cody Crawford
  9.  Kyla Cobbs

Men’s Varsity Lightweight 4+

  1.  Michael Sheremet
  2.  Donovan Labriola
  3.  Ryan McGinnis
  4.  Dave Hammond
  5.  Alyssa Kodama

Men’s Varsity 8+

  1.  Zach Jensen
  2.  John Dorscher
  3.  Josh Benson
  4.  Alex Weatbrook
  5.  Max Vaughn
  6.  John Gehring
  7.  Curtis Treiber
  8.  Alex Johnson
  9.  Ashley Vomund

Women’s Junior Varsity 4+

  1.  Healani Brennan
  2.  Brooke Wedelich
  3.  Mara McDermott
  4.  Tabitha Wheeler
  5.  Grace Montgomery

Women’s Lightweight 4+

  1.  Katie Fowler
  2. Allison Thomas
  3.  Ashley Vu
  4.  Rachel Crowther
  5.  Sidney Cross

 

 

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.   

 

Pac-12 Championships Results

Men’s Varsity 8+

  1. Washington          5:44.66
  2. California              5:48.65
  3. Stanford                6:06.87
  4. Oregon State        6:09.23
  5. Washington State 6:23.40
  6. Colorado              6:57.75

Men’s Novice 8+

  1. Washington          5:54.10
  2. California              5:56. 67
  3. Oregon State        6:31.70
  4. Washington State 6:36.05
  5. Colorado               6:51.65

Men’s Varsity 4+

  1. Washington           6:32.78
  2. California               6:43.24
  3. Washington State 7:02.82
  4. Colorado                8:03.61

Back to Sacramento

By Ashley Vomund

  

Cougar Crew is headed back to Lake Natoma, CA to take on the best crews in the nation!  In addition to Pac-12’s, the Cougars will be competing in a scrimmage against University of California Davis (UCD) and in the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships (PCRC’s).  

Pac-12's will take place on Sunday, beginning at 9am with the Varsity 4+ event.  The Cougar Varsity Lightweight 4+ will be racing to help prepare for nationals.  Following the Varsity 4+, the Novice will compete at 9:30am in the Novice 8+ event. The Varsity 8+ will finish the day at 11am, eager to take on the fastest crews in the nation.  

Saturday is also a full racing day for the Cougars.  The Novice will compete at 7am against UCD’s Novice 4+’s in West Sacramento.  They will not race a full 2k, but instead compete in a series of smaller pieces that will be determined by both the Cougar and UCD coaches.  Competing in PCRC’s, the 2X will be returning to the race course on Lake Natoma at 3pm on Saturday as well.  After taking third at WIRA's, the 2X looks to bring another medal home for Cougar Crew.

These series of races are the last chance for Cougar Crew to test their strength before heading to Nationals in Georgia.  

 

Schedule/Lineups

Saturday

7am - 11am      Novice 4+ scrimmage vs. USD in West Sacramento

2:35pm    2X race at Lake Natoma (PCRC’s)

Sunday (Pac-12 Championships)

9am        Varsity Lightweight 4+

9:30am    Novice 8+

11am        Varsity 8+

Varsity 2X

  1. Michael Marelli
  2. August Boyle

Novice 4+ Lightweights

  1. Nick Jaeger
  2. Tosh Hickman
  3. Cole Borseth
  4. Cody Crawford
  5. Kyla Cobbs

Novice 4+ Heavyweight A

  1. Cavan Dewar
  2. Morgan O’Dell
  3. Josh Weaver
  4. David Herrick
  5. Noah Atiya

Novice 4+ Heavyweight B

1.Jayson Beech

  1. Parker Schumacher
  2. Ryan Gehring
  3. Jay Rabenstein
  4. Ashley Vomund

Varsity 4+

  1. Michael Sheremet
  2. Donovan Labriola
  3. Ryan McGinnis
  4. David Hammond
  5. Alyssa Kodama

Novice 8+

  1. Nick Jaeger
  2. Josh Weaver
  3. Jayson Beech
  4. Jay Rabenstein
  5. Ryan Gehring
  6. Parker Schumacher
  7. Cole Borseth
  8. Cody Crawford
  9. Kyla Cobbs

Varsity 8+

  1. John Dorscher
  2. Zach Jensen
  3. Josh Benson
  4. Alex Weatbrook
  5. Max Vaughn
  6. John Gehring
  7. Curtis Treiber
  8. Alex Johnson
  9. Ashley Vomund

 

 

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.

Results

Varsity 8+ (9am)
1. Washington State: 6:44.26

2. Gonzaga:                   6:49.16

Second Varsity 8+ (9:15am)
1 Gonzaga:                    6:43.92
2. Washington State: 7:00.53

Third Varsity 8+ (9:30 am)
1. Washington State: 6:56

2. Gonzaga:                   6:57

Novice 8 (10:15 am)
1. Washington State A: 7:03.32

2. Gonzaga:                     7:12.40
3. Washington State B: 7:28.70
4. Washington State C: 8:14.05

 

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 Fawley Cups 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 their depth of their novice class as three Novice 8’s will take Gonzaga’s novice crew. This will be the only race of the day that is more than 2 boats dueling. The Novice 8 event will start at 10:15am.

     The schedule of events will also include the Second Varsity and Third Varsity 8+. 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.

Schedule/ Lineups

Varsity 8+ (9am)
1. John Dorscher
2. Zach Jensen
3. Josh Benson
4. Alex Weatbrook
5. Max Vaughn
6. John Gehring
7. Curtis Treiber
8. Alex Johnson
C. Ashley Vomund

Second Varsity 8+ (9:15am)
1. Michael Sheremet
2. Ryan Haaland
3. Matt Elliott
4. Jake Brisson
5. Ryan McGinnis
6. Donovan Labriola
7. Griffin Berger
8. Dave Hammond
C. Hayden Wise

Third Varsity 8+ (9:30 am)
1. Peter North
2. Josh Weaver
3. Morgan O'Dell
4. Adam Ziegler
5. Ryan Krastins
6. Nick Kreizenbeck
7. Mike Marelli
8. August Boyle
C. Alyssa Kodama

Novice 8 (10:15 am)
First Novice 8+
1. Nick Jaeger
2. Tosh Hickman
3. Jayson Beech
4. Parker Schumacher
5. Ryan Gehring
6. Jay  Rabenstein
7. Cole Borseth
8. Cody Crawford
C. Kyla Cobbs

Second Novice 8+
1. Alex Ashton
2. Kavan Dewar
3. Morgan O'Dell
4. Josh Weaver
5. Ryan Krastins
6. Nick Kreizenbeck
7. Peter North
8. Logan Best
C. Noah Atiya

Third Novice 8+
1. Konstantin Chernukhin
2. Kurtis Tramel
3. Jacob Lizarraga
4. Zach Morgan
5. Vince Wang
6. Ramiro Gonzalez
7. Mara McDermott
8. Matthew Reynolds
C. Frieda Chan

 

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 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 fourth 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 Double started the medal frenzy on Saturday night when they took home the bronze medal in a field of six entries. The Cougs came out of the blocks into third place where they were down by a length to second place Seattle University into the 1000 meter. The Cougs tried to make a move in the last 500 meters, but it was too late.

     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.

     The Lightweight Women had some triumphs as well as close losses throughout the weekend. On Saturday, strong headwinds in the afternoon brought slower times but powerful finishes for the crew facing the heavyweights. With a strong third place finish in their heat, the N4+ were able to dominate in the Petite Finals with open water over the rest of the crews "focusing in and throwing down the power" states two-seat novice rower Teva Mayer with a time of 8:51.6.

     The V4+ were leading through the start of their heat when struck "with a medical emergency that dashed their Grand Finals hopes" states Coach Giles Dakin White which placed them in fifth. In the Petite Finals, however, the V4+ had a solid race with a time of 8:49.8 finishing third.

     In the straight final of the Women's 2x, in its first year being held and the first year the Lightweights have entered a sculling event, the double’s time of 9:23.8 earned themselves third place and a bronze medal.

     On Sunday, the Lightweight competition proved to be tough. In the straight finals of both the Lightweight 4+ and Lightweight 8+, the women finished right behind Cal Lightweights.

     The Lightweight 4+ finished a close fourth having "a technical issue with a seat" states varsity coxswain Sidney Cross with time of 8:15.5 behind CAL's time of 8:13.0. The Lightweight 8+ finished in 8:02.2 behind the winners CAL at 7:47.5. "The lightweight 8 produced its strongest race of the year, but it wasn't enough against a rapidly improving California boat." says Coach Giles, "We will need to work hard to catch the Bears next year."

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

 

Results

 

Varsity 8+

  1. UC Irvine                       6:12.5
  2. Washington State:      6:15.6
  3. Santa Clara University: 6:17.8
  4. UC Santa Barbara:        6:19.5
  5. Orange Coast College: 6:25.0
  6. UC San Diego:              6:29.5

 

Men’s Lightweight 8+

1 Washington State:        6:33.2

  1. UC Santa Barbara:        6:43.7
  2. California Ltw.                6:44.2
  3. Sacramento State:         7:03.5
  4. San Diego State:            7:11.2

 

Men’s Novice 8+

  1. Santa Clara University:    6:17.2
  2. Orange Coast College:    6:22.4
  3. UC Santa Barbara:            6:24.7
  4. UC Irvine:                         6:33.7
  5. Washington State:         6:35.7
  6. UC San Diego:                 6:42.2

 

Men’s Lightweight 4+

  1. Washington State:         6:47.2
  2. San Diego State:             6:51.2
  3. UC Santa Barbara:          7:02.1
  4. California LTW:                7:02.7
  5. Long Beach State:           7:12.0
  6. Southern Cal.:                 7:13.7

 

Men’s Varsity 4+

  1. UC Davis:                        6:51.5
  2. Loyola Marymount:         6:53.1
  3. UCLA:                             6:57.9
  4. San Diego State:            7:03.7
  5. UC Santa Barbara:         7:04.9
  6. Washington State:        7:08.4

 

Women's Lightweight 8+

  1. Cal Lightweights:            7:47.5
  2. Washington State:        8:02.2

 

Women's Lightweight 4+

  1. Oregon:                         7:57.5
  2. San Diego State:  Not Available at time of release
  3. Cal Lightweights:           8:13.0
  4. Washington State:       8:15.5
  5. Long Beach State:         8.35.1

 

Women's Varsity 4+ (Petite Finals)

  1. UC Davis:                   8:33.5
  2. Oregon:                      8:36.2
  3. Washington State:   8:49.8
  4. Mills College:             9:59.8
  5. Chapman:                  9:27.9?

 

Women's Novice 4+ (Petite Finals)

  1. Washington State:      8:51.6
  2. UC Davis:                     9:04.7
  3. Portland:                       9:11.4
  4. Sacramento State:        9:12.0     
  5. Mills College:                9:16.3
  6. Humboldt State:            9:34.3

 

Women's 2x

  1. Seattle U:                     8:30.9
  2. Puget Sound:               8:51. 2
  3. Washington State:     9:23. 8
  4. Chico State:                 11:28.6

 

 

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’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 six. 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 five. 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 three, 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 Second Novice 8+ will be racing in a straight final Sunday at 9am in lane three. They come into WIRA as the number three seed and they look to make the podium.

     The Women’s Lightweight 4+ will race at 9:10am on Sunday in lane one 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 two.

     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+. 

     Updated Schedule and Results

Lineups

Men’s Varsity 8+ (2:30pm Sat., Race 34, Lane 3, 6th Seed)

  1. John Dorscher
  2. Zach Jensen
  3. Josh Benson
  4. Alex Weatbrook
  5. Max Vaughn
  6. John Gehring
  7. Curtis Treiber
  8. Alex Johnson
  9. Ashley Vomund

 

Men’s Lightweight 8+ (11:20am Sun., Lane 2, 2nd Seed, Straight Final)

  1. Jordan Chase
  2. Ryan Mather-Haaland
  3. Michael Sheremet
  4. Jake Brisson
  5. Ryan McGinnis
  6. Donovan Labriola
  7. Griffin Berger
  8. David Hammond
  9. Hayden Wise

 

Men’s Varsity 4+ (11:00am Sat., Race 19, Lane 3)

  1. Jeff Arnevick
  2. Matt Elliot
  3. Michael Marelli
  4. August Boyle
  5. Ashley Vomund

 

Men’s Lightweight 4+ (10:10am Sat., Race 14, Lane 1)

  1. Ryan McGinnis
  2. Donovan Labriola
  3. Griffin Berger
  4. David Hammond
  5. Alyssa Kodama

 

Men’s Novice 8+ (11:50am Sat., Race 24, Lane 3, 6th Seed)

  1. Nick Jaeger
  2. Tosh Hickman
  3. Jayson Beech
  4. Parker Schumacher
  5. Ryan Gehring
  6. Jay Rabenstein
  7. Cole Borseth
  8. Cody Crawford
  9. Kyla Cobbs

 

Men’s Second Novice 8+ (9:00am Sun., Lane 3, 3rd Seed, Straight Final)

  1. Alex Ashton
  2. Kavan Dewar
  3. Morgan O’Dell
  4. Josh Weaver
  5. Ryan Krastins
  6. Nick Kreizenbeck
  7. Peter North
  8. Logan Best
  9. Noah Atiya

 

Men’s Novice 4+ (8:50am Sat., Race 6, Lane 3)

  1. Vince Wang
  2. Ramiro Gonzalez
  3. Jacob Lizarraga
  4. Matthew Reynolds Jr.
  5. Kyla Cobbs

 

Men’s 2x (5:50pm Sat., Race 54, Lane 6, Straight Final)

  1. Michael Marelli
  2. August Boyle

 

Women’s 2x (5:40pm Sat., Race 53, Lane 3, Straight Final)

  1. Elizabeth Le
  2. Katie Shadler

Women’s Lightweight 4+ (9:10am Sun., Lane 1, Straight Final)

  1. Healani Brennan
  2. Allison Thomas
  3. Ashley Vu
  4. Brooke Wedelich
  5. Sidney Cross

Women’s Varsity 4+ (10:30am Sat., Race 16, Lane 5)

  1. Katie Fowler
  2. Mara McDermott
  3. Tasha Pabisz
  4. Simone Parker
  5. Teresa Nguyen

Women’s Novice Lightweight 4+ (8:30am Sat., Race 4, Lane 6)

  1. Katie Fowler
  2. Teva Mayer
  3. Tabitha Wheeler
  4. Rachel Crowther
  5. Grace Montgomery

Women’s Lightweight 8+ (11:30am Sun., Lane 2, Straight Final)

  1. Healani Brennan
  2. Allison Thomas
  3. Ashley Vu
  4. Brooke Wedelich
  5. Tasha Pabisz
  6. Simone Parker
  7. Tabitha Wheeler
  8. Rachel Crowther
  9. Sidney Cross

 

 

Cougs Hang Tough VS. UW

By: Ashley Vomund and Hayden Wise

4/11/2014

*Photo Courtesy of Catherine Weatbrook


     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.

 

Results

Varsity 8+

  1. UW 6:00.94
  2. WSU-A 6:08.69
  3. WSU-B 6:21.99

 

Novice 8+

  1. UW 6:01.34
  2. WSU 6:29.14

 

Varsity 4+

  1. UW-A 6:35.09
  2. UW-B 6:36.98
  3. WSU-A 6:49.80
  4. WSU-B 6:55.77
  5. WSU-C 7:16.77

 

Second Novice 8+

  1. UW 6:06.49
  2. WSU-A 6:37.63
  3. WSU-B 7:15.55

 

Novice 4+

  1. UW-A 6:51.71
  2. UW-B 6:53.39
  3. WSU 7:06.40

 

Apple Cup 2015

By: Hayden Wise and Ashley Vomund

April 9, 2015

*Photo Courtesy of Catherine Weatbrook

     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 did 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.

 

Schedule

 

4:00 p.m. Men WSU V8, 2V8 UW V8

4:15 p.m. Women WSU V8 UW V8

4:30 p.m. Women WSU 2V8 UW 2V8

4:45 p.m. Men WSU N8 UW F8

5:00 p.m. Women WSU 3V8 UW 3V8

5:15 p.m. Men WSU V4A, VLTW4, V4B UW V4A, V4B

5:30 p.m. Women WSU V4 UW V4A, V4B

5:45 p.m. Men WSU 2N8, 3N8, UW 2F8

6:00 p.m. Women WSU 4V8 UW 4V8A, 4V8B, 4V8C

 

Lineups

 

Varsity 8+ (4pm)

  1. Zach Jensen
  2. Alex Weatbrook
  3. Josh Benson
  4. Alex Johnson
  5. Max Vaughn
  6. John Gehring
  7. Curtis Treiber
  8. John Dorscher
  9. Ashley Vomund

 

Second Varsity 8+ (4pm)

  1. Jordan Chase
  2. Ryan Haaland-Mather
  3. Michael Sheremet
  4. Jake Brisson
  5. Ryan McGinnis
  6. Donvan Labriola
  7. Griffin Berger
  8. Dave Hammond
  9. Alyssa Kodama

 

First Novice 8+ (4:45pm)

  1. Nick Jaeger
  2. Tosh Hickman
  3. Jayson Beech
  4. Jay Rabenstein
  5. Ryan Gehring
  6. Parker Schumacher
  7. Cole Borseth
  8. Cody Crawford
  9. Kyla Cobbs

 

Varsity 4A+ (5:15pm)

  1. Curtis Treiber
  2. Alex Weatbrook
  3. Max Vaughn
  4. John Gehring
  5. Hayden Wise

 

Varsity Lightweight 4+ (5:15pm)

  1. Ryan McGinnis
  2. Donovan Labriola
  3. Griffin Berger
  4. Dave Hammond
  5. Alyssa Kodama

 

Varsity 4B+ (5:15pm)

  1. Matt Elliott
  2. Adam Zeigler
  3. Michael Marelli
  4. August Boyle
  5. Ashley Vomund

 

Second Novice 8+ (5:45pm)

  1. Alex Ashton
  2. Kavan Dewar
  3. Morgan O'Dell
  4. Josh Weaver
  5. Ryan Krastins
  6. Nick Kreizenbeck
  7. Peter North
  8. Logan Best
  9. Noah Atiya

 

Third Novice 8+ (5:45pm)

  1. Vince Wang
  2. Kurtis Tramel
  3. Jacob Lizarraga
  4. Ramiro Gonzalez
  5. Matthew Reynolds
  6. Zach Morgan
  7. Mara McDermott
  8. Konstantin Chernukhin
  9. Kyla Cobbs

 

Novice Lightweight 4+ (6pm Tentative)

  1. Nick Jaeger
  2. Tosh Hickman
  3. Cole Borseth
  4. Cody Crawford
  5. Hayden Wise

 

Closing that Gap

By Katie Shadler

4/5/2015

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

     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 the 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.

 

Results:

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

4/3/2015

     The Lightweight Women take on the Husky Open for the the first time since 2011. 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.

Lineups

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
  9. Sidney Cross

N4 (9.10am)

  1. Katie Fowler
  2. Teva Mayer
  3. Tabitha Wheeler
  4. Rachel Crowther
  5. Grace Montgomery

 

 

Windy Start at Daffodil

By: Hayden Wise, Katie Shadler, and Ashley Vomund

3/28/2015

     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’s 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 corse 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 an 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.

 

Results

 

Women’s Varsity 8+

5) Pacific Lutheran University: 8:30.4

6) University of Oregon:           8:43.7

7) Washington State:             8:51.3

 

Men’s Varsity 8+

1) Western Washington:           7:03.3

2) WSU Lightweight 8:            7:08.5

3) WSU Novice A:                    7:33.1

 

Men’s 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’s 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’s 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

3/25/2015

  

     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”

Lineups

LWTW V8 (8.30 am)
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

Men’s V8 (9:00 am)
1. Griffin Berger
2. Ryan Mather-Haaland
3. Michael Sheremet
4. Donovan Labriola
5. Dave Hammond
6. Jeff Arnevick
7. Ryan McGinnis
8. Jake Brisson
C. Ashley Vomund

Men’s Novice 8A (9:00 am)
1. Nick Jaeger
2. Josh Weaver
3. Jayson Beech
4. Nick Kreizenbeck
5. Ryan Gehring
6. Parker Schumacher
7. Cole Borseth
8. Cody Crawford
C. Kyla Cobbs

Men’s Novice 8B (9:10 am)
1 Peter North
2 Kavan Dewar
3 Morgan O’Dell
4 Ramiro Gonzalez
5 Ryan Kratins
6 Jay Rabenstein
7 Logan Best
8 Tosh Hickman
C Noah Atiya

Men’s Novice 8C (9:10 am)
1. Vince Wang
2. Kurtis Tramel
3. Jacob Lizarraga
4. TBC
5. Konstantin Chernukhin
6. Zach Morgan
7. Alex Ashton
8. Matthew Reynolds
C. Wilson Tramel

LWTW Nov 4+ (9.20 am)
1. Katie Fowler
2. Teva Mayer
3. Tabitha Wheeler
4. Rachel Crowther
C. Grace Montgomery

LWTW JV 4+ (9.30 am)
1. Eden Kelshaw
2. Ariel Spinrad
3. Tynetta Stumvoll
4. Mara McDermott
C. Teresa Nguyen

Men’s Varsity 4+A (9:40 am)
1. Curtis Trieber
2. Alex Weatbrook
3. Max Vaughn
4. John Gehring
C. Alyssa Kodama

Men’s JV4+B  (9:50 am)
1. Zach Jenson
2. August Boyle
3. Michael Marelli
4. John Dorscher
C. Hayden Wise

Men’s Varsity 4+C (10:00 am)
1. Matt Elliott
2. Alex Johnson
3. Adam Ziegler
4. Josh Benson
C. Jordan Chase

 

 

Defending the Snake

Hayden Wise

11/08/2014

     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 with 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. 

 Into the Dogfight

November 7, 2014 

    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

November 2, 2014

     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. 

Results

Mens Collegiate/Open 8+: 

  1. Gonzaga University Crew -         17:36.18 
  2. Washington State University-     17:39.87
  3. Western Washington Universty- 17:45.79  

Women’s 3V 8+ Event:

  1. University of Portland-               21:35.23
  2. Gonzaga University Crew B-         21:36.66
  3. Washington State University-     21:36.73
  4. University of British Columbia- 21:39.64

Women’s Varsity 4+ Event:

  1. University of Oregon Rowing-   24:35.15
  2. Washington State University-     25:18.33
  3. Victoria City Rowing Club-        25:22.73
  4. Portland State University Crew- 26:27.92 

 

Crossing the Mountains

Cougar Crew is traveling over to Seattle to race at Head of the Lake this Sunday. The Men’s team will be sending their Varsity 8+ while the Lightweight Women will be sending a Varsity 8+ and a Varsity 4+. 

The Men’s Varsity 8+ will have the opportunity to chase down both Western Washington and Gonzaga as the V8+ will be the fifth team to cross the start line. Vice Commodore John Gehring said, “having the chance to battle Oregon State and Washington is also a fantastic opportunity to push and make us faster.”  They will be the first race of the day starting at 8:00 a.m. 

The Lightweight Women’s Varsity 8+ will be racing in the Women’s Collegiate 3V8+ event this weekend. They will be trying to chase down the University of British Columbia and University of Puget Sound. Commodore Simone Parker is excited for the opportunity to  "beat some of the varsity programs that we are competing against.” The Women’s Collegiate 3V8+  event starts at 8:16 a.m.

The Lightweight Women’s Varsity 4+ is a combination of members from the Varsity Pair and Novice 8+ from Spokane, coxed by the Men’s Team's third year coxswain, Alyssa Kodama. Second-year oarsman Katie Fowler said, ”I hope that the four can continue to improve on what have we have worked on all week,” Their race starts at 8:34 a.m. 

 

Varsity 4 Wins at Gonzaga 

     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.

Results

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

  

​Head of Spokane Round Two

October 23, 2014

     For the second time in as many weeks, the Men’s Crew Varsity 8+ will travel to Spokane with the Lightweight Women to take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

     The Men’s Varsity 8+ is looking to take some revenge on the Bulldogs after losing by less than two seconds. “I am really excited to overcome the gap between us and Gonzaga,” Michael Marelli said. The race starts at 9:00 a.m.  

     The Varsity 8’s for both WSU and Gonzaga will be divided into fours for another head race. “I think that it will be a solid race, even after giving it our all in the V8,” forth-year Oarsman Curtis Treiber said. “If we can keep our heads in the game, our fours will race well." 

     This is the Lightweight Women's first race of season. From a variety of strength and endurance practices produced by Lightweight Coach Giles Dakin White, this promises to be the deepest and fastest roster for the lightweight program. The V8 and N8 have produced fast times in scrimmages, with the JV8 and V2- showing the prominent capabilities of this team. 

     This race will be a great stepping stone for future races, said Coach Giles. “I am looking forward to the varsity challenging themselves in preparation for Head of the Lake next weekend,  and for the novice to enjoy their first race to build off as foundation for the rest of the year.”

Race Schedule
9:00am. - WLV8+ & WL2V8+
9:15 a.m. - MV8+
10:30 a.m.- WLN8+ & W2-
10:45am - MV4A+ & MV4B+

 

Oh So Close

October 18, 2014

     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 head race 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 stretched their margin a full length with about 1,500 meters to go, but the Cougars surged back in the sprint. The lead from Gonzaga proved to be too much as the Cougars narrowly lost with a time of 15:40.29.

     "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, put the fastest time for a novice crew since before 2007 at Head of the Spokane 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 head race 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.  

RESULTS

Gonzaga 1V8+:    15:38.34

WSU 1V8+:          15:40.29

 

Gonzaga 2V8+:    16:13.44

WSU 2V8+:          16:40.16

 

Gonzaga 1N8+:    16:46.90

WSU 1N8+:          17:25.02

 

Gonzaga V4+:      18:08.16

WSU V4+:            19:10.58

 

Gonzaga 2N8+:     17:50.66

WSU 2N8+:           18:33.86

 

WSU 3N8+:           19:13.53

WSU 4N8+:           19:33.43

  

Cougars vs. Bulldogs

October 11, 2014

     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 we're 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. Directions to the course can be found at: http://www.cougarcrew.com/directions_hotsp.php

 

The Season Began at Pend Orielle

    Cougar Crew kicked off the 2014 fall racing season racing mixed lineups at the Head Of Pend Orielle.

    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 Orielle with their annual camping trip. Highlights include novice buddies being chosen and lineup A winning the Tug-A-War bracket. 

 

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

   

 Fall Racing is Back!

     Cougar Crew will kick off its fall racing season Saturday at the Head Of Pend Orielle near Priest River, Idaho. 

    The team will send nine 8’s to Idaho. All of the 8’s will include a mix of Men’s Varsity, Men’s Novice, and Lightweight Women’s rowers in even lineups. Racing for boats A-E will start at 10 a.m., while boats F-I will race at 11:40 a.m.. 

    Cougar Crew will combine this regatta with their annual fall camping trip. The camping trip is used as great bonding experience for the full team. The Novice big/little pairings will also be revealed at camping portion of the trip. 

    For more information on the regatta please visit the Head Of Pend Orielle’s website at: http://hopregatta.org/. 

 

NEW ROLES AND HIRES

August 12, 2014

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.