April 18, 2001
What's Happening This Week - Coming off a home regatta that included the novice eight's first triumph in seven years over the University of Washington, the Washington State's women's rowing team travels to California for the second time this month. After competing in the San Diego Crew Classic April 7 and 8, the Cougars are at Redwood Shores in Belmont, Calif., Saturday, April 21 against San Diego State and Sacramento State. The regatta is being hosted by Stanford and will feature teams from around the country.
WSU vs. San Diego State and Sacramento State - The varsity eight faced both San Diego State and Sacramento State April 7 in the Jessop Whittier Cup preliminary. In the race WSU rowed a time of 6:36.3, over San Diego State's time of 6:47.2, and Sacramento State's 7:10.23. In the Petite Final of the Whittier Cup, the Cougars once again faced San Diego State, placing first with a time of 7:10.22, with San Diego State coming in third at 7:21.41. This will be the first time that WSU has raced either school on an exclusive head-to-head basis, and the first time in two weeks that the Cougars have not faced a ranked opponent in a weekend regatta.
WSU Coach Tammy Crawford on This Week's Regatta - "We look forward to competition from San Diego State and Sacramento State. The varsity boat faced both these crews in the San Diego Crew Classic, so we will be in familiar territory. I expect both San Diego State and Sacramento State to provide a challenging race as well as an opportunity for us to continue working toward building our speed. We cannot look past these crews and we will take it one race at a time."
Latest Poll Information - The Cougars received 20 points in the latest USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll. WSU was tied with the University of Pennsylvania at No. 20 in last week's poll.
Last Week's Recap - WSU women's novice eight boat claimed its first victory in seven years against the University of Washington Huskies Saturday, April 14 at Wawawai Landing along the Snake River. The novice eight boat of coxswain Sarah Bankston, and rowers Erin Patterson, Kristin Fleischer, Lacey Malone, Crystal Hasey, Camille Park, Angie Schaeffer, Claire Magruder, and Katie Dahlgren rowed to a time of 6:53.5 over the Huskies' time of 6:56.9. In a battle of ranked women's varsity eight teams, No. 3 Washington defeated No. 20 Washington State 6:37.4 to 6:54.1. In other races, UW defeated WSU 7:31.8 to 7:38.5 in the second novice eight, prevailed 6:52.5 to 6:56.3 in the second varsity eight, WSU's A boat finished third with a time of 8:30.1 while the Cougars' B boat finished fourth at 8:48.0 in the varsity four race.
Cougars on Television - The April 14 regatta against the University of Washington will air at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, and Friday, May 4 at 3 p.m. on Fox Sports Net Northwest. It's the first time in Cougar rowing history that a home event has been televised.
In Unity There Is Strength - The important addition of talented athletes and recruits to WSU rowing has allowed a combination of both the novice and varsity eights that has not been attempted since the inception of the program. Although there will still be a novice boat and a varsity boat, the added depth allows the team to increase its overall experience at all levels according to Coach Crawford.
Coaching Tenure - Varsity coach Tammy Crawford is entering her 11th year as head coach of the Cougars and 14th as a collegiate coach. Novice coach Jodi Winchell begins her ninth year as a coach with the Cougars, and assistant Michelle Kistler enters her third year.