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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Women's Rowing Prepares For Rival Washington
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 04/04/2000
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April 4, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. - The WSU women's rowing team looks for redemption as all squads will face rowing powerhouse Washington in a dual regatta hosted by the No. 1 ranked Huskies Saturday on the Montlake Cut in Seattle.

Saturday's schedule also will feature competition between the UW men's team and WSU's club rowing team.

Washington Dual
Saturday, April 8, Montlake Cut, Seattle

9:00 a.m.Varsity FourUW-A, WSU-A, UW-B, WSU-B, UW-C
9:37 a.m.Second Novice EightUW-A, WSU, UW-B
9:52 a.m.Varsity EightWSU, UW
10:10 a.m.Second Varsity EightWSU, UW
10:25 a.m.First Novice EightUW-A, WSU, UW-B

WSU vs. Washington?The Cougars are looking to pick up boat speed and increase their stroke rate against Washington?an eighth-fasted qualifying time in Saturday's preliminary race moved the WSU Varsity Eight into a second place finish in the Jessop-Whittier Cup Petit Final (Varsity Eight consolation race) at the San Diego Crew Classic last weekend? both the Novice and Second Varsity eight boats advanced to the Grand Finals Sunday, where the Novice placed fourth and the Second Varsity team took sixth?competition in Seattle will be tough as Washington is coming off commanding wins in the Varsity Eight and Novice Eight races and a second place finish in the Second Varsity Eight?the San Diego Crew Classic is one of two regattas heavily relied upon by the NCAA to determine who receives invitations to the NCAA Championships May 26-28, in Camden, N.J?the other is the Pac-10 Championships, held May 14, at Lake Natoma, Calif?the new coaches' poll, which also relies heavily on the San Diego race, will be released later this week.

Coach Crawford on Washington?"Washington is very fast, and as always, we go out there to win the race. But racing against a team as fast as Washington also gives us the opportunity to focus on improving ourselves."

"I think the Varsity Eight took a step backward in the race Sunday. We really didn't race at the level I think we are capable of racing at, and as that's disappointing. I think the end result was not indicative of our boat speed."

"I was impressed with the Second Varsity Eight making the finals, but like the Varsity Eight I don't really feel we raced to our potential Sunday. I think the goal for the Varsity and Second Varsity eight boats facing Washington is to stay collective in the boat, and really work on team unity and increasing that boat speed to the level of racing I think we are capable of."

"The Novice Eight really did well, and I'm anxious for that race in this regatta. Because of how the lanes were set up it was tough to compare the two boats Saturday. Again, UW is very fast and we have our work cut out for us, but that's how you get faster."

Last Race Recap?WSU's women's rowing team met some goals while falling short of others at the San Diego Crew Classic April 1-2 on Mission Bay?during Saturday's preliminary races, the Cougars met their goal of qualifying for the Grand Final in both the Second Varsity and Novice eight races, but fell one spot short in the Varsity Eight.

Rowing in Sunday's consolation final in the Varsity Eight division, the 21st-ranked Cougars (6:55.9) were three seconds behind No. 17 Oregon State (6:52.3), but finished ahead of No. 8 Michigan State (6:57.5), Clemson (7:00.4), No. 24 San Diego State (7:00.8) and Duke (7:13.6). That result, coupled with WSU's eighth-fastest qualifying time in Saturday's preliminary race and its defeat of Oregon State last weekend at Wawawai Landing, will likely move the Cougars into the top 20 when the new poll is released this week.

The Pac-10 claimed three of the top four spots in the Novice Eight race. Washington won with a time of 6:46.8, followed by California (6:54.9), Michigan (7:00.9), WSU (7:01.9), Wisconsin (7:04.9), UC Davis (7:21.8) and Stanford (7:32.8).

After a surprising run to qualify for the Grand Final Saturday, WSU's Second Varsity Eight team struggled to a sixth-place finish. Virginia claimed the trophy in a time of 6:39.5, followed by Washington (6:41.3), Michigan (6:47.1), Oregon State (6:56.6), USC (6:57.8) and WSU (7:05.0).

The Second Novice Eight was in Seattle for an invitational with the Huskies Saturday on Montake Cut?WSU captured second place in the women's eight race, finishing in 7:47.3?Washington won the race in 7:05.2, with the University of Puget Sound following the Cougars in 8:31.7 and Everett Community College in 8:45.9.

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 an assistant coach.


Mission Bay, San Diego
April 1-2, 2000

San Diego Crew Classic
Mission Bay, San Diego
Saturday-Saturday, April 1-2, 2000

Varsity Eight - Heat A- Michigan 6:47.39, Virginia 6:49.42, USC 6:52.61. Washington State 6:57.58, San Diego State 7:09.89, Duke 7:14.30. Heat B- Washington 6:43.60, CAL 6:49.63, Wisconsin 6:54.60, Oregon State 6:56.98, Michigan State 7:02.04, Clemson 7:09.98.

Second Varsity Eight - Heat A- Oregon State 7:00.67, USC 7:02.42, California 7:05.57, San Diego State 7:05.82 1, Duke 7:25.17, Stanford 7:33.73, SSU 7:34.22. Heat B- Washington 6:55.70, Michigan 6:56.05, Texas 7:14.48, Wisconsin 7:16.01, Purdue 7:29.54, UCG 7:56.86. Heat C- Virginia 7:02.27, Washington State 7:18.55, Clemson 7:19.75, Michigan State 7:22.25, OCC 7:31.30, UC Davis 7:35.60.

First Novice Eight- Heat A- California 7:31.45, Loyola-Marymount 7:56.73, UCG 8:01.13, SSU 8:02.10, Southern Methodist 8:05.29, CHA 8:07.73, STM 8:49.91. Heat B- WASH 7:11.10, UC Davis 7:41.66, Texas 7:43.41, San Diego State 7:50.55, OCC 8:06.70, UCS 8:46.84, UCL 8:52.23. Heat C- Wisconsin 7:10.38, Stanford 7:38.52, Long Beach State 7:39.63, San Diego 7:48.00, Santa Clara 7:48.57, USC 7:48.66, UC Irvine 8:33.47. Heat D- Michigan 7:19, Washington State 7:19.10, Oregon State 7:21.13, UC Irvine 7:50.33, UCS 8:09.10, Southern Methodist 8:29.29 2:12.12.

Varsity Eight Petite Final - Oregon State 6:52.3, Washington State 6:55.9, Michigan State 6:57.5, Clemson 7:00.4, San Diego State 7:00.8, Duke 7:13.6. Second Varsity Eight Grand Final - Virginia 6:39.5, Washington 6:41.3, Michigan 6:47.1, Oregon State 6:56.6, USC 6:57.8, Washington State 7:05.0. Novice Eight Grand Final - 6:46.8, California 6:54.9, Michigan 7:00.9, Washington State 7:01.9, Wisconsin 7:04.9, UC Davis 7:21.8, Stanford 7:32.8.


Monlake Cut, Seattle
Saturday, April 1, 2000

Second Novice Eight - Washington 7:05.2, Washington State 7:47.3, Puget Sound 8:31.7, Everett CC 8:45.9

Spring vs. Fall Racing?The fall rowing season represents a different perspective of racing than 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 course.

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