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Cougs Face Off Against Gonzaga

The Cougars put in a strong showing this year at the annual erg duel, but ultimately lost to Gonzaga. The erg dual consisted of eight rowers in each heat who would race against each other in their own group. The winners were the team with the best average of the 2000 meter and 1500 meter pieces. 

Highlights of the erg dual included sophomore Devon McCormack, who finished second overall in the 2k and placed in the top five in the 1.5k. Devon said “he was proud of his improvement and proud of his other teammates who stepped up and had PR (personal best) times.” 

The novice showed great signs of future success on the water with novice John Michael Najarian and Chris Petershagen finishing in the top 25 overall of both race pieces. Coach Arthur had high praise for his novice saying “The novice bought into the entire challenge.  Not only did they lay down their best 2k, but they came back and did it all again on the 1.5k, dropping more than 1.0 second off their average split.  This stands out more than anything, willing to do battle two times in a row shows great desire and maturity."

The men will meet the Gonzaga Bulldogs one last time this season at Fawley Cup on April 22nd.  


All Athletes Welcome!

4th Floor of Hollingbery Fieldhouse (next to Mooberry Track)

No experience needed.  

Email Coach Ericsson at wsucrewcoach@gmail.com if you have any questions.

New teammates, tough workouts, exciting races ahead!


Cougars Finish Their Last Strokes of the Fall Season

This afternoon the Washington State Men’s Crew faced off against the Gonzaga Bulldogs on the Snake River. Conditions were calm waters with a light tailwind on the 5000 meter time trial course.

The Cougar’s First Varsity 8 (1V8) rowed hard to hold off Gonzaga throughout the race, but unfortunately Gonzaga was still able to pass them at the end. The V8 rowed their second fastest time of the season, coming in at a 16:40.33 seconds behind their rivals.

The 2V8 held off Gonzaga for the first half of the race, but Gonzaga started walking through them during the second half. The 2V8 posted a 17:37.62 seconds behind their competition. The WSU 3V8 finished with a time of 18:35.

The First Novice 8 (1N8) once again showed their dominance this season against Gonzaga by completing their fall racing sweep and came across the line with a time of 17:05, winning by 15 seconds

The 2N8 was a lightweight lineup, raced the course in 18:32.The 3N8 followed with a time of 19:33.

Head Coach Arthur is extremely impressed with his new recruits and how they have done this fall. He stated “It was rewarding to see all three boats have a solid race to end the fall season.  This should provide motivation for the training so that we can capitalize on the spring sprint races. We have a strong A boat which has been able to defeat Gonzaga in all three fall races this year, and a solid group of novice lightweights."

Cougar Crew now heads indoors for winter training and to prepare for the spring racing season. 


Varsity 8
GU 16:07.0
WSU 16:40.5

2nd Varsity 8
GU 16:35.2
WSU 17:37.5
WSU-C 18:35.4

Novice 8
WSU 17:04.9
GU 17:20.1
WSU-B 18:32.1
WSU-C 19:32.9




Cougars Race Hard at the Head of the Lake


Cougar Crew had five entries in Seattle at the 37th annual Head of the Lake regatta on Sunday. The men's team entered three boats in the event, the Varsity 8, Junior Varsity 8 and 3rd Varsity 8.

The Varsity Eight crew started off the event against a seven team field that included Washington and Gonzaga. The varsity finished with a time of 18:19.172, six tenths of a second ahead of Oregon. The Junior Varsity Eight took on another seven team field. The JV finished with a time of 18:21.017, finishing ahead of Oregon by three seconds.  Both boats finished in sixth place. 

With six entries in the 3rd Varsity Eight race the Cougars finished in fourth place with a time of 18:59.709, beating Gonzaga by 29 seconds. Coach Arthur stated “the race was a solid performance and offered important exposure to faster programs.  We were fortunate to have Gonzaga in front of us for the first half and nipping at our heels on the second half to keep us from being complacent.” 

The Cougars men's crew will host Gonzaga for the Head of the Snake this Sunday to cap off the fall racing season. 

The club women sent out two boats for this weekends race. The women’s double went out first against a large and stacked field, they finished with a time of 30:15.150. The Varsity 8 was up next and raced in the Women’s Open Eight heat. Racing in rougher conditions than most of the rowers beforehand, the women were still able to have a solid race and finished with a time of 24:38.840. 








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