Beavers sweep rowing in spring opener

Oregon State claims both Winchell Cup, Crawford Plate over WSU for first time since 2009 Sunday



WSU rowing’s second varsity eight races Sunday morning on the Snake River. The Cougars finished third with a time of 7:00.2.

KATIE ARCHER, Evergreen reporter

WSU rowing hosted its first regatta of the spring season Sunday on the Snake River at Wawawai Landing.

Head Coach Jane LaRiviere said she thought everyone was excited to race.

“You know, it’s just like being a fireman. You can only spend so much time polishing your equipment before you have to go race,” LaRiviere said.

Gonzaga, Oregon State, Loyola Marymount and Seattle Pacific competed against WSU. The Beavers and Cougars were battling for the Winchell Cup and the Crawford Plate.

The Crawford Plate is given to the winner of the varsity eight, and the Winchell Cup is awarded to the team who wins the dual. The Beavers won both for the first time since 2009, and OSU secured victories in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four.

In the varsity eight, OSU won with a time of 6:34.9, and WSU followed in second place with a time of 6:42.3. Gonzaga grabbed third, and Loyola Marymount captured fourth in the event.

The Beavers posted a time of 6:52.7 to claim the second varsity eight, and Gonzaga finished under five seconds behind them in second. WSU placed third at 7:00.2, and Loyola Marymount took fourth.

In the third varsity eight, the Cougars grabbed a first-place finish posting a time of 7:02.62, nearly 11 seconds faster than second place OSU.

The Beavers defeated WSU by over nine seconds to claim the first varsity four with a time of 7:26.05. WSU followed at 7:35.74, Gonzaga placed third and LMU secured fourth.

OSU also won the second varsity four with a time of 7:36.16, over 21 seconds faster than the second place Cougars.

In the novice eight, WSU took first at 7:02.7, and OSU followed with a time of 7:08.8. Gonzaga finished in third at 7:52.2.

The Cougars posted similar times in the second varsity, third varsity and novice eight boats.

“I think we can build a faster boat somewhere out of those people,” LaRiviere said.

The Cougars will now shift their focus to the San Diego Crew Classic April 6-7 at Mission Bay in California.

“We just need to get a few more weeks of training under our belt,” LaRiviere said.