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Heavyweight four, Head of the Spokane 2014

Cougar Crew Faces Off Against Gonzaga

Cougar Crew kicks of their fall racing season with the annual Head of the Spokane. This coming Saturday, October 22, the Washington State Cougars will be facing off against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in a 4,500m headrace. Cougar Crew is a club team with both men’s and women’s squads.  In all, Cougar Crew has ten 8’s entered this Saturday.

Assistant Coach Alec Hurley returns for his second year and looks to showcase the depth and power of the men’s varsity. The varsity will be racing three eights and the top two eights will also be racing a second time, split into fours. The varsity rowers have been throwing down some impressive times during practice and are determined to apply their success on the Snake to the Spokane River.  Head Coach Arthur Ericsson has been working hard to develop his novice and prepare them for their first race. With an outstanding recruiting effort, this year's novice class will be entering four full eights. “We’ve done everything we could have done to prepare for this race,” noted Coach Ericsson.  “The key to having a good first race will be focus, relaxation and a unified effort.”  

This Saturday also marks the first race of the season for the novice and varsity openweight club women. Along with the novice never being at this course, new women’s coach Dave will be here for his first race as coach of this program experiencing the Spokane River. Coach Dave is looking forward to strong racing from each boat against Gonzaga and Washington State’s varsity women’s program. The goal of this race is to set up competitive times for the races to come and to compete with the other teams present. The boats for Head of the Spokane will be one varsity 8 and two novice 8s. Jolee in the novice ‘A’ boat announced, “I’m really excited to see what a race feels like and to see what we can do as a team”. This excitement echoes throughout all of the novice rowers in our crew, and helps drive them to push themselves everyday. With a growing team the openweight women look forward to this weekend and to the rest of what the year has to offer.

Racing takes place between 9:00 and 10:30am at the Gonzaga boathouse on the Spokane River. Directions can be found at www.cougarcrew.com  







Cougar Crew Conquers Rowpocalypse

By: Alexander Ashton


After 24 hours of rowing, the 2016 Cougar Crew Row-a-Thon has come to a close. The event was a great success with the average rower clocking in 54,000 meters. Overall, our rowers with a joint effort, produced a total of 4,277,760 meters, crushing last year's Row-a-Thon meter total of 2,500,000. Returning oarsmen had a great time rowing and being able to connect more with the novice on the team. Senior and recruitment officer of the team Donovan Labriola said “ the atmosphere was really great and upbeat, everybody had a great attitude and it was awesome to row next to some of the novice and just talk to them.” For the novice this was their first heavy workload on the erg, however throughout the two days they showed the competitive mindset needed to succeed this season. Alex Welch, one of the new recruits said “it was great to get a glimpse at how important fundraising is to the team and how willing people are to donate the team, it was great to see everybody working extremely hard to reach our goal.” As of now 20,639 dollars has been donated to our team. The online donation will continue to go on for almost another month, any amount helps our team be the fastest it can be on the water. Thank you to all donors for your generous donations and congrats to our rowers for another successful Row-a-Thon. Follow us at row.wsu.edu and our facebook sites to catch up on our practices and races throughout the year. 



Change Coming to the

Lightweight Women

By: Sidney Cross


This upcoming year is going to be full of changes for the lightweight women. This fall 2016, will mark the first year that the lightweights will be accepting women without the weight limit of 130lbs stopping their recruitment possibilities. With the new change of the team from purely lightweights to now an open weight club team there will also be a name change to this program. Washington State University Lightweight Women will now be called Washington State University Club Women’s Rowing. With the weight limit lifted from the program it will be great to see the number girls that will be recruited this summer to build a more competitive team. Even though this will become an openweight club team for the women, there will still be a high focus on having competitive crews in the lightweight division as well with the new openweight races.

Along with the new changes to the name and all around program itself, the women’s team will also be receiving a new coach. With Giles leaving the program after his four years at WSU the women are looking forward to a new coach. At this point we may have an exchange program set up with the coaches on the other side of the Atlantic, being that Dave Kempsell is also from England. Dave comes to Washington State after his fourth year of coaching at Bedford Modern School in England, where he has coached multiple crews winning national titles and medals, including a number of junior GB internationals.

Dave began rowing at Brunel University before joining Star Club in Bedford where he rowed in the first ever Star crew to reach a final at Henley Royal Regatta in the 2011 Thames Cup, before winning the Britannia Challenge Cup in 2012, the club’s first Henley trophy. Dave then moved to Leander Club in Henley, placing 5th in the first GB trial after the London Olympics, and picking up a bronze medal at the 2013 British Championships. Dave also represented England twice, at the 2010 and 2012 Home Countries Regatta, winning the coxed four event in 2012. Since ending his competitive rowing career, Dave has continued using the erg to keep fit, setting a new British record for the Marathon in the 19-29 age category in February 2016.

Dave has moved to Washington to study for a Masters in Sport Management and to experience the U.S. collegiate rowing scene first hand.





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