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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Women's Crew Hosts Oregon State, Victoria
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 03/21/2000
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March 21, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The 21st-ranked WSU women's rowing team will host No. 17 Oregon State and the University of Victoria Saturday at 3:30 at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River:it will be the Cougars' only home regatta of the 2000 season. The first novice eight boats open the regatta followed by the second varsity eight. The feature race of the day, the varsity eight, is slated to get underway at 4:50 p.m.

WSU vs. OSU: The Beavers bring a No. 17 ranking into Saturday's race, but the Cougars, ranked 21st, defeated OSU's varsity eight and second varsity boats at the Head of the Lake Regatta, Nov. 14 in Seattle: OSU's varsity eight finished 13th at last year's NCAA Championships under head coach Charlie Owen.

WSU vs. Victoria: The University of Victoria is a traditionally strong Canadian rowing program:the Vikes edged the Cougars at the Head of the Lake in Seattle by a margin of 23 seconds in the varsity eight and only 3 seconds in the Second varsity eight.

Coach Crawford on Upcoming Regatta: "I don't put a ton of stock in the preseason ratings, but I think it's still important to do well against OSU. They've made the NCAAs the last two years and are a strong program, but then again so are we. We will meet them three times this year so I think this will be a great first test for our program."

WSU/OSU/Victoria Regatta
Saturday, March 25, Wawawai Landing (Snake River)

3:30 p.m.First Novice EightWSU, OSU
3:50 p.m.Second Varsity EightWSU, OSU, Victoria
4:10 p.m.Second Novice EightWSU, OSU
4:30 p.m.Varsity FourWSU, OSU, Victoria
4:50 p.m.Varsity EightWSU, OSU, Victoria

Darbous Suffers Freak Rowing Injury: Second varsity eight rower Michelle Darbous suffered one of the most unusual injuries in the history of WSU rowing during last week's Fawley Cup in Spokane -- a sprained shoulder:extremely rare in a non-contact sport, the injury occurred during the varsity eight race when WSU's second boat crashed into a buoy:the force of the impact at Darbous' position, the boat's second seat, sprained her shoulder:"Just when you think you've seen everything," Crawford said about the race. "We had to row the last 300 meters without our second rower and we still finished just eight seconds behind Gonzaga. I'd like to see what the boat is capable of when we're not running into things. The good thing is that Michelle will be able to come back. With an injury like that, I thought Michelle could be lost for the season. But fortunately, Michelle will be back on the water for us very soon.":Darbous, a redshirt-sophomore from Seattle, could return in time for this week's race:if Darbous is not able to row this week, she is expected to return for next week's San Diego Crew Classic.

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 coarse.

Cougar Rowing notes: For the first time, this season's spring schedule gives WSU rowers two races to prepare for the San Diego Crew Classic, April 1 and 2:the San Diego regatta features mixed Pac-10, Big 10 and eastern teams competition:results from this regatta greatly influence season polls.

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.

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