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WSU Women's Crew Ranked No. 21 In Preseason Poll
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/18/2000
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Feb. 18, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. -- As indicated by the Division I women's eight preseason poll, the WSU women's rowing team may be a better match than expected for a tough 2000 season where three Pac-10 schools are rated in the top four nationally.

USRowing and the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced the poll Wednesday, finding Washington State at #21 with 54 votes. California is presently ranked third in the poll, one place over traditional rowing powerhouse Washington who is sharing the fourth slot with USC.

After finishing fifth in the Varsity eight and fourth in the Second Varsity eight, Washington's first place finish in the Varsity four helped the Huskies capture third place overall at the NCAA Championships. California captured third place in the Varsity eight and sixth overall.

Beginning April 5, 2000, USRowing and the CRCA will conduct weekly national collegiate polls for Division I women's Varsity eights.

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 returns to WSU for her second consecutive year as assistant coach.

Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/US Rowing Collegiate Coaches 2000 Preseason Poll

Women's Eight

Team (1st-Place Votes)Points
1. Brown (16)528
2. Virginia (1)497
3. California (8)492
4t. Washington465
4t. USC (2)465
6. Michigan427
7. Princeton411
8. Michigan State307
9. Wisconsin293
10. Boston285
11. Radcliffe264
12. Northeastern227
13. Ohio State190
14. Penn176
15. Cornell131
16. Iowa120
17. Oregon State88
18. Dartmouth82
19. Miami (Fla.)81
20. Syracuse75
21. Washington State54

Others receiving votes: Umass 43, Kansas 39, San Diego State 31, Yale 27, North Carolina 23, Navy 18, Sacramento State 12, UCSD 8, Clemson 6, George Washington 5, Duke 4, Texas 3, Rutgers 1, Tulsa 1.

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