May 7, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Three Washington prep athletes have signed national letters of intent to row at Washington State University next fall, Cougar varsity rowing coach Tammy Crawford announced Friday.
Brittney Christopher from Seattle, Carolyn Oury from Ridgefield, and Emily Rains from Kennewick, will join the Cougar women's rowing program as freshmen in the fall.
Christopher attends Seattle Lutheran High where she lettered four years in basketball and track. A first-team Sea-Tac B League selection in basketball all four years, Christopher averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds per game as her Saints team advanced to the state "B" tournament her senior season. She is also a league all-star in track the past two years where she high jumped, threw the javelin and ran on the 4x200m relay. Christopher also sings in the concert choir, is a member of the National Honor Society, and has been award numerous academic honors.
Oury will graduate from Prairie High in June after earning 11 varsity letters in basketball, soccer and track. She was a forward on the Falcon's 1998 and 1998 basketball state 4A championship teams. Oury also played basketball for the Oregon City Northwest Selects and Washington East-West Select elite basketball club teams. A midfielder on the soccer team, she served as team co-captain for two-years, and in the spring runs the 800m race in track. A member of the National Honor Society, Oury also served as a class officer and symphonic and concert bands officer. She has received numerous athletic and academic awards throughout high school including the Prairie High faculty's Outstanding All-Around Award for her freshman, junior and senior years.
Rains was a two-year letterwinner in volleyball and track at Southridge High. A Big 9 Conference volleyball first team selection last fall, Rains also played for the USVA Velocity club team and helped coach the Tri-City Juniors Volleyball club. A four-year honor roll selection, she is active in her school's student government and DECA club. Rains is also an active volunteer at her church.
"All three athletes will be new to the sport of rowing but all are great competitors who will bring leadership, desire and commitment to the incoming freshman class," Crawford said.