March 18, 2000
SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Washington State University varsity eight successfully defended the Fawley Cup with a win over Gonzaga University in women's rowing on Long Lake near Spokane Saturday.
The Cougars' varsity eight finished the 2,000 meter course in six minutes and 58 seconds followed by Gonzaga at 7:10 and WSU's second varsity eight boat at 7:18.
In the novice eight race, WSU defeated Gonzaga by nearly 30 seconds - 7:28 to 7:55. The second novice eight race was WSU 7:45 and Gonzaga 8:18.
Gonzaga won the varsity four race in a time of 8:343 with the WSU-A boat second at 8:51 and WSU-B finishing at 8:59.
"It was a good win for the novice eight in their first 2000-meters race," Cougar varsity coach Tammy Crawford said. "It's hard to measure what their potential is because when you are more than 10 seconds ahead, you have open water, and it's hard to tell if you have another gear or not.
"It was a similar situation with the varsity eight race. A 12-second victory is obviously good and I am happy with that, but we need to continue gaining speed if we're going to be competitive at the NCAA level. I think we are capable of that."
The next competition for the WSU women rowers is a dual regatta with Oregon State on the Cougars' home course of Wawawai Landing, Snake River, Saturday, March 25,
Fawley Cup Long Lake, Spokane, Wash. Saturday, March 18, 2000 Slight headwind, raining, 43 degrees
Women's Rowing Results - Varsity Eight - WSU 6:58, GU 7.10, WSU 2nd 7.18. Novice Eight - WSU 7:28, GU 7:55. Second Novice Eight - WSU 7:45, GU 8:18. Varsity Four - GU 8.43, WSU-A 8:51, WSU-B 8.59.