Rowing concludes regular season with sweep

Cougars fought rough weather en route to victory over Bulldogs



WSU rowing took on Gonzaga at Silver Lake on Saturday. The Cougars beat Gonzaga to win their 24th Fawley Cup.

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen reporter

No. 15 WSU rowing completed a sweep and captured its second-straight Fawley Cup against inland Northwest rival Gonzaga University on Saturday in Spokane.

In the final regatta before the Cougars set their sights on the Pac-12 Championships, WSU notched wins in each event, including the Fawley Cup, which is awarded to the winner of the first varsity eight.

“The team took care of business … with our last tune-up before the Pac-12 Championships in two weeks,” WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere said in a WSU news release. “I’m looking forward to having exams be over and heading to Sacramento.”

The weather was not ideal, but the Cougars battled through a gloomy 40-degree morning on Silver Lake with winds gusting about 10 miles per hour.

The regatta kicked off with the second varsity fours where WSU raced a third varsity four as well.

WSU thumped the Bulldogs in the opening race as both Cougar crews, who finished about a second apart, beat Gonzaga by about 15 seconds.

The ensuing race between the first varsity fours gave WSU a run for its money. The Cougars passed the finish line with just a little less than a boat’s length lead, good for about a four-second difference between the crews.

After the varsity fours concluded their races, the second varsity eights got their turn. First, WSU’s second varsity eight lined up against Gonzaga’s second varsity eight and cruised past their opponents to the tune of about a 10-second difference at the finish line.

In the race for the Fawley Cup, both schools’ first varsity eights squared off. The Cougars beat Gonzaga by about a boat’s length in the biggest race of the morning. WSU’s first varsity eight clocked in at 6:24.07 with Gonzaga trailing by about five seconds at 6:29.66.

Now the only remaining hardware WSU has a chance to claim could lead them to the NCAA Championships.

The Cougars will have two weeks to prepare for the Pac-12 Championships on May 13 before they head down to Gold River, California, and dip their oars in Lake Natoma.