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Women's Rowing Heads To Pac-10 Championships In Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/09/2000
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May 9, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. - No. 16 Washington State makes its final push for an NCAA bid Sunday at the Pacific-10 Conference championships on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The race not only encompasses the Pac-10, but also teams from the entire West Coast. Last year, WSU finished fourth in overall team scoring and sixth in the Varsity eight race. The Cougs were third in both the Novice eight and JV eight and fifth in the Varsity four.

Pacific-10 Conference Championships
Sunday, May 14, Lake Natoma, Rancho Cordova, Calif.
(No. 1 Washington, No. 4t California, No. 12 USC, No. 15 Oregon State, Stanford, Oregon, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, Chapman, Colorado, Gonzaga, Humboldt State, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Pacific Lutheran, Sacramento State, St. Mary's, San Diego, San Diego State, Santa Clara, Western Washington)

Cougs at the Pacific-10 Championships?WSU is looking to finish above fourth as a team for the first time in school history?since the Pac-10 went to the current scoring format, the Cougars have three straight fourth place finishes?the new scoring system is based on finishes in the Varsity eight, JV eight, Novice eight and the Varsity four?the Varsity eight carries the most weight with 32 total points going to the winner?16 points are up for grabs in the JV and Novice races, while the Varsity four champ earns eight total team points?WSU's highest point total, 48, came in 1997?the Cougs were two points behind California for third that year and finished just one point behind Oregon State for third in 1999?the Cougars have won a total of five races in Pac-10 action?the JV eight won back-to-back titles in 1995 and 1996, the Novice eight won the 1994 crown, and the Varsity four and Novice four claimed WSU's first titles in 1991?the Varsity eight's best finish is third-place showings in 1993, 1995 and 1996?last year's disappointing sixth-place finish was the Cougar's worst-ever showing?the JV boat has finished in the top three the last six seasons.

Morning Session (Preliminaries)

Time RaceTeams (seed)
Varsity Four7:50 a.m.Heat 1UW (1), Cal (4), SDSU (5), UCD (8), Colo (9)
(top three advance)8:00 a.m.Heat 2WSU (2), OSU (3), St.M (6), USC (7),UCI (10)
Novice Eight9:00 a.m.Heat 1UW (1), SDSU (6), UCI (7), LBSU (12), Stan(13), Ore (18), SCU (19)
(top two advance)9:10 a.m.Heat 2WSU (2), UCD (5), LMU (8), SacSt. (11),GU (14), Chap (17), USC (20)
9:20 a.m.Heat 3OSU (3), Cal (4), UCSB (9), USD (10), PLU (15), HSU (16),UCLA (21)
JV Eight9:30 a.m.Heat 1UW (1), USC (4), WSU (5), WWU (8), Stan (9)
(top three advance)9:40 a.m.Heat 2Cal (2), OSU (3), SDSU (6), UCD (7),SacSt. (10)
Varsity Eight10:40 a.m.Heat 1UW (1), SacSt. (6), GU (7), WWU (12), USD(13), UCI (18), UCLA (19)
(top two advance)10:50 a.m.Heat 2Cal (2), WSU (5), UCD (8), Colo (11),UCSB (14), LBSU (17), St.M (20)
11:00 a.m.Heat 3USC (3), OSU (4), Stan (9), SDSU (10), LMU (15), PLU(16), SCU (21)

Afternoon Session (Finals)

Varsity Four12:40 p.m.Petite Final4th, 5th place finishers from morning session
12:50 p.m.Grand Final1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers from morning session
Novice Eight1:50 p.m.Third Final5th, 6th place finishers from morning session
2:00 p.m.Petite Final3rd, 4th place finishers from morning session
2:10 p.m.Grand Final1st, 2nd place finishers from morning session
JV Eight2:20 p.m.Petite Final4th, 5th place finishers from morning session
2:30 p.m.Grand Final1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers from morning session
Varsity Eight3:00 p.m.Third Final5th, 6th place finishers from morning session
3:20 p.m.Petite Final3rd, 4th place finishers from morning session
3:30 p.m.Grand Final1st, 2nd place finishers from morning session

Results from the Pacific-10 Conference Championships will be available on the internet at:

YearTeam Finish (pts)V8JV8N8V4
1997Fourth (48)FifthSecondNANA
1998Fourth (44)FourthSecondNAFourth
1999Fourth (46)SixthThirdThirdFifth

Coach Crawford on the Pacific-10 Conference Championships?"Our goal is to come away from Pac-10s in third place or better. Washington is obviously the favorite and time-wise, Cal has raced the closest to Washington this year. If we can get OSU and USC behind us, then we'll think about the next step, but our goal was to finish third, and that will not be easy. OSU and USC are looking for a top three finish too."

Last Race Recap?The opening day of boating season was not a day to celebrate for the Washington State women's rowing team. WSU's Varsity four finished third, eight seconds behind a pair of Husky boats May 6 at the Opening Day Regatta on the Montlake Cut. The Washington "A" squad took first in 7:25.01, while the UW "B" boat followed in 7:30.22. The Cougars took third in a time of 7:33.74. Seattle Pacific finished fourth at 7:35.50, while Seattle U. rounded out the field at 7:57.47.

Opening Day Regatta
Montlake Cut
Seattle, Wash.
Saturday, May 6, 2000

Varsity Four - Washington-A 7:25.01, Washington-B 7:30.22, WSU 7:33.74,
Seattle Pacific 7:35.5, Seattle U. 7:57.47.

Ten years together?One thing has remained constant since women's rowing first became a varsity sport at WSU in 1990?now in their tenth year coaching together, Cougar coaches Tammy Crawford and Jodi Winchell have been committed and successful at transforming rowing at WSU into a nationally competitive program?Crawford is in her tenth season as the head coach of the WSU rowing team and 14th season of collegiate coaching?Winchell, Novice coach, is in her eighth year as a coach with the Cougars?Michelle Kistler also returns to WSU for her second consecutive year as an assistant coach.


Next Race: NCAA Championships: May 26-28 Camden, N.J.

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