May 16, 2002
What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's rowing squad takes to the water at the 16th annual Pacific-10 Conference Women's Rowing Championships, Sunday, May 19 at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif. After this weekend's competition, the Cougars, which are No. 16 in the May 15 USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll, will wait to see if they receive a bid to the NCAA Championships, May 30-June 1, at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis, Ind.
NCAA Possibilities: The NCAA field will consist of 12 teams with each team consisting of a varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four boat. In addition, four varsity-eight boats from institutions not represented in the team competition will be selected. The NCAA field will be selected, May 21.
Head Coach Tammy Crawford On The Pac-10 Championships: "We have a good chance to receive a bid to the NCAA's but it will require strong performances from our varsity eight, junior varsity eight and varsity four boats. We need to race well to have an opportunity for an NCAA bid."
Pac-10 Championships Schedule: Races begin at 8:40 a.m., May 19 with the first heat of the women's varsity four competition. The championships will conclude at approximately 3:10 p.m. with the women's varsity eight Grand Final. An awards ceremony will immediately follow the completion of the races. For a complete listing of all the races and times, please see the Pac-10 website, www.pac-10.org
Seedings: The Cougars' varsity eight boat is seeded sixth in the Championships behind Washington, USC, Stanford, California, and Oregon State. The second varsity eight boat is seeded fourth as is the varsity four squad. The novice eight boat, which put together a string of six consecutive victories at one point this season, heads into the championships as the No. 1 seed.
The Cougars are scheduled to compete at the following times in the qualifying heats: varsity four - 8:40 a.m., novice eight - 9:20 a.m., second varsity eight - 9:40 a.m., varsity eight - 10:40 a.m.
Follow The Championships Live: Live rowing split-times and results from the Championships can be accessed at http://jamcotimes.com/2002/pacten/. Race reports will be updated automatically during each race.
Coaching Tenure: Tammy Crawford is in her 17th season as collegiate coach, and her 12th season as head coach of the varsity women's rowing program at Washington State University. Michelle Argenbright is in her fourth year as an assistant coach for the varsity squad, and Vita Scaglione is in her first season as novice coach.