March 10, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's rowing team is set to take on Gonzaga Saturday, March 18 at Long Lake near Spokane: competition will start at 10 a.m. with the last boat finishing close to noon: race schedule is expected to feature competition between both the men and women's Varsity and Novice teams: a win for the Second Novice eight means an invitation to the highly attended and publicized Opening Day at Seattle, May 6.
WSU vs. Gonzaga:
WSU has swept Gonzaga in three competitions going into the 2000 spring season: at the Head of Spokane WSU Varsity eight defeated Gonzaga by 25 seconds while the WSU Novice eight finished 29 seconds ahead of Gonzaga: at the Head of the Lake at Seattle the Cougar Varsity eight's 17 minute, 43 second finish captured fifth place, beating the Bulldog's 18:19 time: the most recent meeting was in Pullman with WSU wining the fourth annual indoor erg race.
Coach Crawford on Gonzaga Race:
"Gonzaga has a new coach and the program is more competitive this year. It's important that our team not look past them, they're the underdog coming after us. It's an important race from that standpoint and the fact that it will be the first race for our Novice rowers."
Cougars Rowers Rated No. 21 in Preseason Poll:
The WSU women's rowing team has been ranked No. 21 nationally in the USRowing National Collegiate Coaches Preseason Poll: it was announced Feb. 16.
Spring vs. Fall Racing:
The fall rowing season represents a different perspective of racing that of the fast-paced and heavier promoted spring "Conference" season: while fall races average over three miles in length, spring racing takes place over a 2,000 meter mapped-out coarse. "It's like comparing a five mile cross country race to the same two athletes competing in a 800 meter dash," said head coach Tammy Crawford. "I think it's significant that we raced well in the fall, but there isn't a fair correlation there to predict how we'll fair in spring racing."
Ten Years Together:
One thing has remained constant since women's rowing first became a varsity sport at WSU in 1990: entering 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, begins her eighth year as a coach with the Cougars:
Michelle Kistler also returns to WSU for her second consecutive year as assistant coach/recruitment.