April 2, 2000
SAN DIEGO - Washington State's women's rowing team captured second place in the Varsity Eight Petite Final, rowing a time of 6:55.9 Sunday at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Novice Eight raced to a fourth-place finish on Sunday, while the Second Varsity Eight came in sixth. Both the novice and second varsity boats were rowing in the Grand, or championship, finals of their respective divisions.
Rowing in the consolation final in the Varsity Eight division, the 21st-ranked Cougars were three seconds behind No. 17 Oregon State (6:55.), but finished ahead of No. 8 Michigan State (6:57.5), Clemson (7:00.4), No. 24 San Diego State (7:00.8) and Duke (7:13.6). That result, coupled with WSU's eighth-fastest qualifying time in Saturday's preliminary race and its defeat of Oregon State last weekend at Wawawai Landing, will likely move the Cougars into the top 20 when the new poll is released this week.
"We didn't have a good start and we never really got into a rhythm," said WSU coach Tammy Crawford. "Out sprint was good and we made up some distance, but we didn't execute well in the first 1,500 meters. We were really aggressive, but not as composed. It was like we had eight different rowers instead of working together as one."
The Pac-10 claimed three of the top four spots in the Novice Eight race. Washington won with a time of 6:46.8, followed by California (6:54.9), Michigan (7:00.9), WSU (7:01.9), Wisconsin (7:04.9), UC Davis (7:21.8) and Stanford (7:32.8).
"Our Novice Eight really had a really decent row," Crawford said. "It's good that we're basically even with Michigan right now. I'm pretty happy with how the novice did and I know we have even more speed in that boat."
After a surprising run to qualify for the Grand Final Saturday, WSU's Second Varsity Eight team struggled to a sixth-place finish. Virginia claimed the trophy in a time of 6:39.5, followed by Washington (6:41.3), Michigan (6:47.1), Oregon State (6:56.6), USC (6:57.8) and WSU (7:05.0).
The Cougars next head to Seattle for the annual dual regatta versus No. 4 Washington April 8 on the Montlake Cut.
San Diego Crew Classic
Mission Bay, San Diego
Sunday, April 2, 2000
Women's Rowing Results
Varsity Eight Petite Final - Oregon State 6:52.3, Washington State 6:55.9,
Michigan State 6:57.5, Clemson 7:00.4, San Diego State 7:00.8, Duke 7:13.6.
Second Varsity Eight Grand Final - Virginia 6:39.5, Washington 6:41.3, Michigan 6:47.1, Oregon State 6:56.6, USC 6:57.8, Washington State 7:05.0.
Novice Eight Grand Final - 6:46.8, California 6:54.9, Michigan 7:00.9, Washington State 7:01.9, Wisconsin 7:04.9, UC Davis 7:21.8, Stanford 7:32.8.