March 23, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's rowing team begins the spring season versus Gonzaga Saturday, March 24 at Long Lake near Spokane...competition will start at 10 a.m. with the last boat finishing close to noon...boats from all classifications will race... a win for the Second Varsity eight means an invitation to the highly attended and publicized Opening Day at Seattle, May 5.
WSU vs. Gonzaga...Cougars have won the Fawley Cup 9 of 10 years, with the only loss coming in 1997...In the fall WSU beat the Bulldogs at the Head of the Lake at Spokane...Washington State placed fifth with a time of 17:46.65...Gonzaga finished ninth with a time of 18:51.84.
WSU Coach Tammy Crawford on Gonzaga Race..."We look forward to starting the season every year with the Fawley Cup. Gonzaga will have a competitive team and I think the race will be close. It's really a good opportunity for the Second eight to race against the Bulldogs varsity eight to qualify for the Opening Day Regatta."
NCAA Delays Preseason Poll...A new format has been announced changing the poll from a random coaches vote to a selection from qualified pollsters in each region...first Poll will be posted on April 4.
In Unity There Is Strength...The important addition of talented athletes and recruits 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...Gonzaga is also combining their teams this year to increase competitiveness.
Coaching Tenure...Varsity coach Tammy Crawford is entering her eleventh year as head coach of the Cougars and 14th as a collegiate coach...novice coach Jodi Winchell begins her 9th year as a coach with the Cougars...assistant Michelle Kistler enters her third year.