Oct. 27, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's men's and women's rowing teams will be back in action Saturday, the men and women sending boats to the Head of the Snake hosted by Washington State University and the Bulldogs women's varsity 8 taking part in the Head of the American hosted by Sacramento State University.
Racing in Pullman starts at 9:30 a.m. on an expanded 6,000-meter course. Racing will be in flights with the second flight starting at 11 a.m.
"This will be a good early test for us," Bulldog head women's coach Glenn Putyrae said of the Head of the American. "It's a good gauge of where we stand. With teams like California, Stanford, UC Davis, Humboldt State, Sacramento State and Saint Mary's we'll see some good competition that we don't always have a chance to row against in the fall."
Gonzaga will be in the Open Collegiate 8 and race at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Putyrae said the goal of his boats in Pullman and Sacramento this weekend is to improve.
"We want to put our training into a race situation. It's hard to make a lot of progress in one week, but we want to see how much progress we've made since last weekend," Putyrae said.
WSU downed Gonzaga's women's varsity 8 at the Head of the Spokane last Saturday.
"This is another good test for us," Gonzaga director of rowing and head men's coach Dan Gehn said of Saturday's race. "We had a good race last weekend at the Head of the Spokane. We'll continue to juggle our lineups and experiment with some different seat combinations. It's always fun to row on the Snake River, too."
WSU's home course is at the Wawawai Landing on the Snake River.
Gonzaga's men's varsity 8 defeated WSU by 1:12 last weekend at the Head of the Spokane at the Gonzaga Boathouse near Upriver Dam.<
Following this weekend the Bulldogs will be idle until Nov. 12 when they conclude their fall racing season at the Head of the Lake at Montlake Cut in Seattle.