April 19, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash.- The latest announcement of the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/US Rowing National Collegiate Coaches Poll Wednesday put the Washington State women's rowing team at No. 16, two places lower than the April 12 poll.
Four other Pac-10 schools remain among the rankings, three in the top 10. For the second straight week the Washington Huskies maintain the top spot with No. 3 California also holding onto last week's ranking. USC drops one spot to No. 6 and Oregon State falls to the Cougars' previous spot at No. 14.
WSU is eager to bounce back from back-to-back losses to Wisconsin and Washington, but does not see its recent drop in the poll necessarily as a negative reflection on the team.
"Both Wisconsin and Washington are very fast teams, and I think it's benefited us having the chance to race them," said head coach Tammy Crawford. "I put them on the schedule knowing they are traditionally fast, and knowing we could learn and improve from racing them. Right now I don't think we are a top seven team, but if we race the way I think we are capable of racing I think we could be competitive in the top 10. This weekend will be a great test for us."
WSU travels to Michigan to face No. 9 Michigan State and unranked Clemson Saturday, April 22 on Lake Ovid in East Lansing. The Spartans jumped seven spots in this week's poll after beating No. 10 Michigan and No. 13 Ohio State. Before the loss, Michigan had been ranked at No. 7.
Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/US Rowing National Collegiate Coaches Poll
|Team (1st-Place Votes)||Points||Preseason Ranking|
|1. Washington (10)||371||1|
|2. Brown (9)||370||2|
|9. Michigan State||216||16|
|12. Boston U.||184||8|
|13. Ohio State||179||13|
|14. Oregon State||153||11|
|16. Washington State||98||14|
|20. Sacramento State||29||NR|
Others receiving votes: George Washington 22, Cornell 10, Dartmouth 9, North Carolina 8, Kansas 6, San Diego State 6, Georgetown 4, Tulsa 4, and Clemson 2.