No. 11 rowing glides through races in San Diego


WSU rowing team practices on Sept. 22, 2015 at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River.

From staff reports

The No.11 WSU women’s rowing team had a successful weekend in San Diego where they put all four of their boats through to the Grand Finals of the San Diego Classic.

The varsity eight, including senior coxswain Rebecca Burns and senior stroke Morgan Cathrea kicked off the first day of competition with a third place finish in flight A of the Women’s Collegiate Varsity Invitational.

The team finished at 6:44.302, less than two seconds after the No.2 California Bears. No.13 University of Wisconsin claimed the victory with a 6:36.342 finish over the Bears.

Sophomores Ellie Burg and Jenna Kennedy alongside junior Lori VerMurlen and senior Kotryna Lasaite made up the women’s varsity four that claimed a second place finish in the Women’s Collegiate Varsity Four Heat C.

The Cougars finished at 7:38.463, just one second behind No.14 USC.

WSU earned another second place finish in the third race of the day that was the Women’s Collegiate Second Varsity Heat C. The second varsity eight team finished one second behind USC, with a time of 6:59.439.

A third and final second place finish closed out the day for the Cougars when the novice eight pulled a six-second lead over USC.

“It was a solid day in many respects. It’s good to have all of the boats through to the Grand Finals. We are going to have to be faster tomorrow,” Head Coach Jane LaRiviere said.

Next up, the Cougars will compete against UW in Seattle on April 9.

Reporting by Payton Dineen