June 5, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - WSU freshman Corrie McGrath (Marysville, Wash.) was named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches' Association (CRCA) West Region first team, while three other Cougars made the second team announced Wednesday.
"That's quite an honor, especially for a freshman," said WSU head coach Tammy Crawford. "Corrie is the type of athlete who can take our program to another level. I'm very proud of all the rowers who were on the first or second team because they were rewarded for all the hard work they put in this season."
In other postseason news, the Cougars were represented on the all-Pac-10 team by senior Lisa Phillips (Vancouver, Wash.). At the 2000 Pac-10 championships, Phillips and fellow senior Liz Snook (Colville, Wash.) led the Cougars to a fifth place finish in the Varsity eight and fourth place in the overall standings.
WSU's Varsity eight was ranked 18th nationally in the final regular season CRCA poll. The Cougars return six of the eight rowers from that boat next season.
"Even though we didn't make NCAAs this season, I really think this team performed just about as well as they could have at Pac-10s and I'm satisfied with that," Crawford said. "During their four years, Autumn, Liz and Lisa have helped get our program to the point where we are consistently ranked in the top 20. With Corrie, Sarah and Amy returning, I think we're ready to take the next step into the top 10."
The CRCA also announced its national all-academic teams Wednesday. The Cougars were represented by Allen, Phillips, Snook and sophomore Emily Larson (Bothell, Wash.).