RICHLAND — The WSU Men’s Crew will be practicing March 16-18 on the Columbia River along the WSU Tri-Cities campus.
 
During rowing practice, the eight- and four-man boats will pull in near the pump house on the shoreline below the WSU Tri-Cities East Building at 2710 University Drive. This is along the bike path at the end of Sprout Road in north Richland.
 
The group of about 40 students and six coaches will stage an exhibition race at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Community members can meet-and-greet the crew team starting at 5 p.m.
 
“The Tuesday afternoon meet-and-greet follows a couple of short race pieces, in case anyone wants to see some action close up from the shore,” said Head Coach Arthur Ericsson. “It would be fun to talk to any high school or college students who are interested in the sport.”
 
March 16-20 is spring break for WSU students, allowing the crew team to take its practice on the road. The team members include Captain Andrew Winters, whose parents are Maggie and John Winters of Richland.

WSU Tri-Cities is the host for the team, with donations and support from the Winters family, local members of the WSU Alumni Association, the Associated Students of WSU Tri-Cities, and area businesses including the Towne Crier in the Richland Uptown.
 
Men’s Crew is the oldest sport club at WSU. See www.row.wsu.edu or www.CougarCrew.com for more details on the club.

The tentative schedule includes:
• All-team long row up river after arriving and unloading, 2 p.m. Monday, March 16.
• Varsity rowing practice, 5:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.
• Novice rowing practice, 8:15 a.m. 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.
• Exhibition race along the shores of WSU Tri-Cities, 4:45 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, immediately followed by a meet-and-greet with alumni, students, and the community.
• Varsity rowing practice, 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 18.
• Novice rowing practice, 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 18.
 
If river conditions are too windy for rowing, the crew team will work out by running up Badger Mountain in south Richland.