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Rowing Hosts Head of the Spokane Saturday

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 10/19/2012
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SPOKANE, Wash. -

ON TAP: The Gonzaga University men's and women's rowing programs welcome Washington State University to the Gonzaga Boathouse Saturday for their annual Head of the Spokane. Racing begins at 9 a.m.

RACING FORMAT: As is the case with races at Upriver Dam, racing is done in flights with boats sent off the start line in intervals. Placing is determined by the time after all boats in a class have crossed the finish line. Boats will be sent down the river at shorter intervals, resulting in less time between flights. The first flight will begin at 9 a.m., with the last flight set to head down the river at 11 a.m.

WHO DO THE MEN'S VARSITY EIGHT RETURN?: The Gonzaga University men's varsity 8+, which finished 18th in the nation at the 2012 IRA National Championships, returns seven of nine members. Returning this year are seniors Sahan Fernando, Stuart McDonald, Stephen McEvoy, Bennett Shultz and juniors Kayla Cartelli and Mike MacPherson.

WHO DO THE WOMEN'S VARSITY EIGHT RETURN?: The Gonzaga University women's Varsity 8+ return five of nine members of the 2011 Varsity 8+ boat. Returning from last year and rowing in the Varsity 8+ boat Saturday are senior Christy Mentele, juniors Sarah Atkins and Jordan Davies, and sophomores Erin Russell and Casey Burt.

GONZAGA MEN'S ROWING HEAD COACH DAN GEHN'S THOUGHTS ON THE HEAD OF THE SPOKANE: "The guys have worked very hard this fall coming in to this first head on head competition. I know they are eager to test their speed. The Cougs always race us tough so I don't expect this year to be any different. A lot of guys from last year's Varsity 8+ are in the boat again but several sophomores have asserted themselves early and this will be their first race in the Varsity 8+ event.

"I think there will be a large draw for the race, weather permitting, because of Fall Family Weekend, Alumni Weekend and the 125th Anniversary celebrations."

GONZAGA WOMEN'S ROWING HEAD COACH GLENN PUYTRAE'S THOUGHTS ON THE HEAD OF THE SPOKANE: "It is always great to have the opportunity to compete at home. It is even better to be able to compete in front of your family, friends, and alumni. We know the challenge we face in WSU and plan to do our best to compete to our capability.

"This is an exciting weekend for the team and the entire Gonzaga Community."

SUNDAY RACING: It is also Alumni Weekend, Fall Family Weekend and the 125th Anniversary at Gonzaga University and the Bulldogs will host Class Day Races at the Boathouse on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. The rowing programs will dedicate one of their new eight boats on Sunday in conjunction with the 125th celebration theme.

Gonzaga men's lineups:
Varsity 8+: Kayla Cartelli, Alex Lund, Bennett Shultz, Sahan Fernando, Erik Strand, Mike MacPherson, Eric Schenck, Stephen McEvoy, Stuart McDonald.

Second Varsity 8+: Danielle Moorehouse, Dylan Ojeda, Rick Ruddell, Ben Duermit, Duncan Howard, Dan Rinker, Andrew Batinovich, Devon Billy, Kyle Hagmeier.

Third Varsity 8+: Brittany Clark, Sahan Fernando, Stuart McDonald, Stephen McEvoy, Eric Schenck, Bennett Schultz, Alex Lund, Erik Strand.

Varsity 4+: Taylor Mattheisen, Dan Rinker, Rick Ruddell, Zach Gray, Zack O'Connor.

Varsity 4+ B: Lucas Orlita, Dylan Ojeda, Matt Goode, Ben Duermit, Kyle Hagmeire.

Novice lineups were not ready by the time of this release.

Gonzaga women's lineups:
Varsity 8+:
Naseeb Bhangal, Christy Mentele, Natalie Potts, Erin Russell, Casey Burt, Sarah Atkins, Jordan Davies, Rachel Wright, Becca Benoit.

Second Varsity 8+: Jordan Schroeder, Christine Powers, Madison Keaty, Sam Olsen, Wendy Wigg, Mary Haffner, Olivia Murphy, Sage Workman, Jamee Mason.

Novice 8+: Megan Dennison, Devyn Bell, Lily Rorick, Kara Soucek, Maddi Abraham, Alison Young, Brooklyn Beeler, Taylor Mills, Nicole Holman.

Second Novice 8+: Jamyson Tritch, Lily Rorick, Devyn Bell, Megan Carroll, Megan Steilen, Madeleine Verspieren, Lacy Kangas, Sami Romeo, Devon Isner.

Head of the Spokane Schedule of Events
9 a.m.

1. GU Men's Varsity 8+
2. WSU Men's Varsity 8+
3. GU Men's Second Varsity 8+
4. WSU Men's Second Varsity 8+
5. GU Men's Novice 8+ A
6. WSU Men's Novice 8+ A
7. GU Men's Novice 8+ B
8. WSU Men's Novice 8+ B

9:30 a.m.
9. GU Women's Varsity 8+
10. WSU Women's Varsity 8+
11. GU Women's Second Varsity 8+
12. WSU Women's Second Varsity 8+
13. WSU Women's Fourth Varsity 8+
14. WSU Women's Light 8+
15. GU Women's Novice 8+
16. WSU Women's Novice 8+

10 a.m.
17. SRRA MM 8+
18. Palouse MM4X
19. SRRA 4x
20. CDA MM4X
21. CDA MW 4+
22. CDA MJr4x+
23. CDA WJr8
24. CDA MJr4+
25. CDA MM2x
26. SRRA M2x
27. CDA MW2x
28. Palouse 1x
29. Nathaniel CDA 1x
30. Eric CDA 1x
31. Doug CDA 1x
32. Russell 1x
33. Erica CDA 1x

10:30 a.m.
34. GU Men's Third Varsity 8+
35. GU Men's Varsity 4+
36. WSU Men's Varsity 4+
37. GU Men's Varsity 4+ B
38. GU Men's Novice 8+ C
39. WSU Men's Novice 8+ C
40. GU Men's Novice 8+ D
41. WSU Women's Varsity 4+ A
42. WSU Women's Varsity 4+ B

11 a.m.
43. WSU Women's Light Novice 8+
44. WSU Women's Second Novice 8+
45. GU Women's Second Novice 8+
46. WSU Women's Third Novice 8+
46. WSU Men's Novice 4+
48. GU Men's Alumni 8+
49. GU Women's Alumni 8+

50. WSU Women's 2x
51. Lund 1X

Direction to Gonzaga Boathouse

From Gonzaga University
Get on Hamilton Road heading South
Take a left on Trent heading East
Follow Trent about four miles to Park Road
Take a left on Park Road heading North
Follow Park Road North until it ends at the river
Go left one block and thru the gates to boat house
Once through the gates follow gravel road until you reach the boat house.

From I-90 from West
Exit on 282 (Trent/Hamilton Exit)
At bottom of exit take a right onto Trent
Follow instructions above once on Trent

From I-90 from East
Exit on 287 (Argonne Exit)
Head North on Argonne towards Mt. Spokane Park
Follow through four stop lights until you reach Trent
Take a left on Trent and follow about two miles
Take a right on Park Road heading North
Follow Park Road North until it ends at the river
Go left one block and thru the gates to boat house
Once through the gates follow gravel road until you reach the boat house.

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