April 5, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's rowing team climbed eight spots to No. 13 as the USRowing and the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced the first regular season coaches poll of 2000 Wednesday.
The poll also finds four other Pac-10 schools among the rankings, three of which the Cougars will face before the Pac-10 championships May 14. No. 1 Washington will be the first stop for WSU when the Huskies host the Cougs this weekend. Other Pac-10 ranked teams featured in the remaining schedule are No. 3 California and No. 5 USC. Competition remains fierce as WSU faces No. 8 Wisconsin in Seattle, April 16 and battles No. 16 Michigan State and unrated Clemson in a first-ever trip for Cougar rowers to the Midwest.
"Although we didn't race as well as we would have liked in San Diego, we looked strong, plus we had quality races in our wins over Victoria and Oregon State (Mar. 25 in Pullman)," said head coach Tammy Crawford. "I think the coaches took notice of that and our ranking is a reflection of the potential in this team."
The polls will be released each Wednesday through May 17.
Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/US Rowing Collegiate Coaches Poll
|Team (1st-Place Votes)||Points||Preseason Rank|
|1. Washington (7)||349||4t|
|2. Brown (11)||347||1|
|9. Boston U.||218||10|
|11. Ohio State||144||13|
|12. Oregon State||136||17|
|13. Washington State||123||NR|
|16. Michigan State||97||8|