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Women's Rowing Heads East
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 04/18/2000
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April 18, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. - The WSU women's rowing team hits the water this week to prepare for a trip to East Lansing, Mich., where it is scheduled to face No. 9 Michigan State and unrated Clemson Saturday?the race will start at 10 a.m. on Lake Ovid at Sleepy Hollow State Park?this will be the furthest regular season trip for the Cougars in the ten years the sport has been a varsity program at WSU?crews competing in Michigan will be the First and Second Varsity eight, First Novice eight and Varsity four?the Novice four crew travels to Spokane Saturday to race Gonzaga.

Washington State at Gonzaga
Saturday, April 22, Long Lake, Spokane
(Novice four)

WSU vs. Michigan State?In recent competition, the Cougars are looking to capitalize on improvements coming off losses to No. 11 Wisconsin, April 16 and No. 1 Washington, April 8?WSU's Varsity eight boat lost to Wisconsin by 7.7 seconds Sunday on the Huskies home course in Seattle, marking the first time the two schools have ever met in direct crew vs. crew competition?The Cougar's Varsity eight 6:45.2 finish against Washington was the crew's second fastest time of the season?Presently rated No. 9, Michigan State is moved up in the polls Wednesday coming off wins against formerly rated No. 7 Michigan and No. 17 Iowa last weekend?the Spartans defeated the Wolverines in four of six races Sunday with MSU's Varsity eight beating Michigan by less than a second, finishing in a time of 6:41.64?MSU's First and Second Varsity eight defeated Iowa on Saturday?However, the race could go either way as WSU beat Michigan State in the Jessop-Whittier Cup Petite at the San Diego Crew Classic, April 2?the Cougars clenched second place in the race with a time of 6:55.90, one place ahead of the Spartan's 6:57.5 finish.

Washington State vs. Michigan State & Clemson
Saturday, April 22, East Lansing, Michigan
(Varsity eight, Second Varsity eight, First Novice eight, Varsity four)

time		event		teams
10:00 a.m.	Varsity 4       MSU A, CLEMSON, WSU, MSU
10:20 a.m.	2ND NOVICE 8	MSU, CLEMSON
11:20 a.m.	1st NOVICE 8	MSU A, CLEMSON, WSU
11:40 a.m.	3RD NOVICE 8	CLEMSON, MSU

Coach Crawford on Michigan State?"Coming off a win over Michigan last weekend, it shows how fast Michigan State is capable of racing. Racing them, we have the opportunity to show the improvements we've made and the boat speed we have. But to do that, we need to put all the pieces together, and that's something we haven't done yet."

"This is an important race for us as we continue to make improvements. We didn't do a lot of things against Washington that we were able to against Wisconsin. Racing teams as fast and competitive as the teams we've been racing can only help us in that way. As the ultimate goal is to race to qualify at the Pac-10s, I see these races partly as stepping stones to help get us there."

WSU vs. Clemson?Clemson's Second Varsity eight was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Crew of the Week Monday after the Tigers claimed victories in the Second Varsity eight, Second Varsity four and the Varsity four at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships held on Melton Hill Lake?the Varsity eight finished second Sunday with a time of 6:53.1?the Second Varsity eight claimed Sunday afternoon's Final in their event in a time of 6:58.7, beating second-place Notre Dame (7:11.2) and third-place North Carolina (7:17.3)

Coach Crawford on Clemson?"Obviously, Clemson is not someone to overlook. Everyone goes out there to race every race and it would be a big mistake to ignore that."

Last Race Recap? For the third straight week, the Montlake Cut has not been accommodating to Cougar rowers as (then rated) No. 14 WSU lost Sunday to No. 10 Wisconsin in Seattle. The competition marked the first time the two schools ever met in direct crew vs. crew competition.

In a race that featured only varsity eight competition, Wisconsin finished 7.7 seconds ahead of WSU in 6 minutes, 39 seconds. The Cougars covered the 2,000 meter course in 6:46.7.

Wisconsin also out-performed WSU in preliminary races at the San Diego Crew Classic, where they placed sixth in the Jessop-Whittier Cup Grand Final. The Cougs' eighth-fasted preliminary time was not fast enough to qualify for the Grand Final, yet they went on to place second in the Petite Final April 2.

Wisconsin stayed over to race WSU after losing to No. 1 Washington Saturday. The Huskies rowed their home course in a quick 6:35.7 to capture the win.

"When we raced Washington last week we found things we wanted to do change involving the effectiveness of our rowing," said head coach Tammy Crawford.

"We worked on those things during the week and made improvements. We just plain need to row harder."


Montlake Cut, Seattle
April 16, 2000

Women's Rowing Results
Varsity eight- Wisconsin 6:39.0, Washington State 6:46.7

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.

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.

Next Week
Stanford Invitational
Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23
Belmont, Calif.
(Stanford, California, USC, Kansas, Notre Dame, San Diego State, Sacramento State)
(Varsity eight, Second Varsity eight, First Novice eight, Varsity four)

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