Cougars win Burnaby Lake Small Boat Invitational

WSU women’s rowing redshirt senior Nicole Hare and freshman Ivy Elling Quaintance took home the title of Regatta Champions in pairs in the 250m sprint at the Sixth Annual Burnaby Lake Small Boat Invitational on Saturday.

The Cougars sent eight pairs to the regatta in Burnaby, British Columbia. WSU had seven seniors compete in the regatta in addition to four juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen. The University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University were the other two participating schools in the event.

“It was a wet, soggy day, but the Cougs raced well,” WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere said in an interview with WSU Athletic Communications. “All eight boats handled the conditions. This is a great little regatta, and is a lot of fun. We are looking forward to getting back in the big boats.”

The University of British Columbia finished first in the 4,000 meter flight with a time of 16:05.02. Coming in second was the pair of Hare and Elling Quaintance at 16:10.65. Following Hare and Elling Quaintance were WSU redshirt senior Ieva Adomaviciute and senior Mihaela-Teodora Berindei in third place with 16:36.57.

Coming in fourth place were WSU sophomores Paige Danielson and Jess Brougham at 16:44.70. WSU freshman Kamila Ondrackova and sophomore Hannah Welzbacker finished just .4 seconds behind Danielson and Brougham to take fifth place.

Simon Fraser University’s two pairs took 14th and 15th place in the 15-boat event.

At the end of the 4,000-meter flight, four Cougar pairs made it into the regatta’s final 250-meter sprint. The six fastest boats in the 4,000 meter race qualified for the final event.

Hare and Elling Quaintance took first place in the 250 meter sprint while Adomaviciute and Berindei claimed third place. Ondrackova and Weissova finished in fourth and Danielson and Brougham finished sixth.

The next regatta that the WSU women’s rowing team will compete in is the Head of the Spokane on Oct. 22. The regatta is hosted by Gonzaga University.