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Rowing finishes strong amidst tough competition

Cougars third varsity eight finished second in final at invitational

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WSU rowing finished sixth as a team at the Clemson Invitational in South Carolina on Saturday.

WSU rowing finished sixth as a team at the Clemson Invitational in South Carolina on Saturday.

COURTESY OF WSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

COURTESY OF WSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

WSU rowing finished sixth as a team at the Clemson Invitational in South Carolina on Saturday.

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen reporter

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No. 15 WSU rowing concluded the Clemson Invitational on Saturday with a sixth-place team finish as No. 4 Ohio State University won nine of the 10 races at the event.

“Overall I was proud of our efforts this weekend,” Head Coach Jane LaRiviere said in a WSU news release. “There is a lot of a good energy. They are a resilient group of women and their learning curve has been steep, so we will continue to head in the right direction.”

Among a field of 21 schools, eight of which are ranked in the USRowing poll, all three of the Cougars’ varsity eights qualified for the A finals, and the varsity four qualified for the B finals.

The Cougars’ third varsity eight had the best performance for WSU, landing second place just four seconds behind Ohio State in the A final.

WSU’s third varsity eight clocked in at 6:36.57 and beat five other crews, including University of Minnesota by about two-tenths of a second.

The first varsity eight started the weekend by finishing second in their respective heat, which qualified them for the A final. In the final, the Cougars finished in 6:21.35, good for sixth in an event that boasted five top-20 ranked crews.

The Cougars’ varsity four finished a little over a second behind University of Louisville for second place in the B final. The Cougars beat out five other schools, including Pac-12 opponent Oregon State University.

Finally, the Cougars’ second varsity eight placed second behind Ohio State in the qualifying heat but finished in seventh in the A final with a time of 6:32.93.

No. 9 University of Virginia finished ahead of Ohio State in the A final to spoil the sweep for the Buckeyes.

The Cougars will get a two-week break before they hit the water again after four consecutive weekends of racing. WSU will head north to Spokane to face Gonzaga University on April 28 at Silver Lake.

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