Oct. 26, 2001
What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's rowing squad continues its fall season at the Head of the Spokane Regatta hosted by the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. The Cougars varsity eight, four, and pairs along with the novice eight boats will be in action on the 5,000 meter Spokane River course.
What Happened Last Week: The Cougars opened the fall season with a victory, Oct. 20 in against Gonzaga. In the varsity eight race, WSU captured first place by 28 seconds, rowing a time of 17:09 to Gonzaga's 17:37. The junior varsity placed third at 17:41, with the third varsity eight and Gonzaga's junior varsity eight rounding out fourth and fifth respectively. The composite eight race followed suit, with the WSU (B) boat winning by a margin of 41 seconds at 17:57. The WSU (A) boat rowed to a second place victory at 18:23, and Gonzaga finished third with a time of 18:38. A closer race ensued for the varsity four, with the WSU (A) boat taking first by only two seconds at 20:04 over Gonzaga's 20:06. The WSU (B) squad ended in third at 20:33, and Montana in fourth at 20:35. The novice eight (B) boat placed second at 20:24 behind the 19:10 finish of the (A) boat of Gonzaga. WSU's novice eight (A) squad rowed to a fifth place finish at 20:54, and the (C) group finished in sixth at 21:05.
Coach of the Year: The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) selected varsity head coach Tammy Crawford as the West Region Coach of the Year, May 23. Crawford fulfilled the criteria for the award based on team success during the season, team improvement from the prior season, harnessing the team's potential, and demonstrating a high level of professionalism and integrity as a coach.
Scaglione Takes the Helm: The coaching staff welcomed aboard a new face to take to the water as Vita Scaglione joined the Cougars as head coach of the women's novice team in August. Scaglione fills the void left by the retirement of longtime novice head coach, Jodi Winchell. Scaglione arrives to the Palouse after serving as assistant coach for the University of Michigan women's rowing novice squad for the past two years. Scaglione coached for two years at Michigan's Nike Rowing Camp, and spent one summer as an assistant coach at the U.S. Rowing Development Camp. Scaglione, who earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Michigan in 1999, was a three-year member of the Wolverine women's varsity rowing team, including one year as a captain. In 1999, she achieved third place in the NCAA National Championships as a rower in the second varsity boat.
Coaching Tenure: Tammy Crawford enters 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 begins her fourth year as an assistant coach for the varsity squad, and Vita Scaglione makes her debut as novice head coach.
Directions to the Head of the Spokane:
Take I-90 Eastbound, Take Trent Exit.
Turn Right on Trent.
Continue through a yellow flashing light and traffic signal.
At the second signal turn left onto PARK road.
Follow park across railroad tracks and past a park on the left.
Turn LEFT onto a gravel road that cuts across a field.
Continue through gate one mile to the parking lot past the weather station.