April 1, 2004
What's Happening This Week: The Washington State Cougars' varsity eight, second varsity eight and novice eight head to Mission Bay in San Diego, Calif., for the 31st annual San Diego Crew Classic, April 3 & 4...Cougars' varsity four and second novice eight travel to Seattle to compete in the Husky Invitational at Montlake Cut, April 3...after this week's competition WSU's entire rowing team travels to Montlake Cut at Seattle to battle Washington, April 10.
Varsity Eight Moves Up In Poll: The Cougars are No. 12 in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll, moving up three spots from their preseason ranking of No. 15...WSU is one of five Pacific-10 Conference teams in the poll...California (No. 2), Washington (No. 10), USC (No. 11), and Stanford (No. 17) are the other conference teams ranked...Ohio State University holds the No. 1 position in the poll.
About the San Diego Crew Classic: The San Diego Crew Classic began in 1973 and features 3,400 athletes from 150 different programs across the United States...Pac-10 teams competing against the Cougars this year include Washington, Southern California, Stanford, Oregon State, Arizona State, UCLA, and California...top varsity eight teams from throughout the country including Tennessee (No. 14), Texas (No. 19), and Notre Dame (No. 20) will also be battling with WSU.
WSU at Last Year's San Diego Crew Classic: Last year the Cougar varsity eight finished fifth and the second varsity eight took second place...for the second consecutive year, the Cougars' novice eight garnered a first place finish.
WSU Assistant Coach Janey Charlton on the San Diego Crew Classic: "The team is really excited about the races. Last weekend was a great way to start the season because the competition was so good. We're looking forward to racing against Pac-10 schools this weekend and as long as the crew races well, anything can happen."
WSU Assistant Coach Janey Charlton on the Husky Invitational: "The rivalry between us and Washingtion is huge, so we look forward to the challenge."
Lineup for San Diego Crew Classic: Cougar Varsity Eight: Courtney Goodridge, Jody Thomas, Devon Carroll, Erin Patterson, Sarah Waterfield, Angela Manson, Amy Jo Hendershot, Lina Brazinskaite, Emily Tribe
Cougar Novice Eight: Amy Sherman, Fritha Strand-Davern, Rebecca Gibson, Casey Long, Carey Homan, Jennifer Copeland, Sarah Lende, Michelle Morris, Kim Behrends
Cougar Second Novice Eight: Nicki Compogno, Amy Antisdel, Kim Dale, Jessica Regalado, Megan Schuyer
What Happened Last Week: The Cougars' varsity eight and second varsity eight raced in the Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic in Redwood Shores, Calif...both squads defeated Cornell in a dual regatta...Cougars' novice eight, second novice eight and third varsity eight raced in the Daffodil Cup in Tacoma, Wash...novice eight and third varsity eight finished first and second respectively in their race, while the second varsity eight took second in their race.
What Happened In The Fall: The Cougars took advantage of the fall training session by competing in three regattas: the Head of Spokane and Head of the Snake against Gonzaga, and the Head of the Lake in Seattle...at the Head of the Lake, the Cougars faced opponents that included Virginia, Michigan State, Stanford, Syracuse and Washington...varsity eight took eighth while the second varsity eight and third varsity eight boats garnered fourth place finishes...varsity eight captured first place against Gonzaga in the Head of the Snake...second varsity eight won the Head of Spokane...fall campaign also provided an opportunity for newly acquired members of the team and first year rowers to compete in scrimmages in preparation for the spring season.
Cougars Coming Off Historic 2003 Season: WSU enters 2004 after a memorable 2003 season where the Cougars earned their first team bid to the NCAA Championships...Cougars finished 12th at the NCAAs headed by a top 10 finish from the varsity four...varsity eight led the Cougars at the Pac-10 Championships with a third place effort...novice eight achieved success as well by winning the San Diego Crew Classic for the second consecutive year.
Directions to Montlake Cut (Husky Invite):
From 520 Westbound (toward Seattle) exit Montlake Boulevard. Turn Right (north). Follow Montlake past the stadium, past Hec Ed Pavillion. Just past cement overpass to Hec Ed, take second drive to right toward Parking Lot and Boathouse. From I-5, take Eastbound 520, exit Montlake Blvd. Turn left at stop light Follow Montlake past the stadium, past Hec Ed Pavillion. Just past cement overpass to Hec Ed, take second drive to right toward Parking Lot and Boathouse It's the third right from overpass, the first two rights are a parking area for the ticket office.