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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Women's Rowing Prepares To Challenge No. 10 Wisconsin
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 04/11/2000
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April 11, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. - For the third straight weekend WSU rowers will be competing in Husky waters, however this time they won't be rowing against on a somewhat neutral course, No. 10 Wisconsin will stay over to face the 14-ranked Cougars after they race No. 1 Washington Saturday, April 15...Sunday competition between Wisconsin and WSU will feature only the Varsity eight crews and marks the first time ever WSU will compete directly against Wisconsin during the season in a race other than the San Diego Crew is expected to begin Sunday, April 16 at 8 a.m.

No. 10 Wisconsin at Seattle
Sunday, April 16, Montlake Cut, Seattle

Time        Race            Teams
8:00 a.m.   Varsity Eight   Wisconsin, WSU

WSU vs. Wisconsin...Facing Wisconsin the day after their race against No. 1 Washington should help the Cougars who are very familiar with racing on the Montlake Cut...the Cougar Varsity eight is coming off a loss to Washington, a loss however that featured their second fastest time since stunning the University of Victoria and No. 11 Oregon State in Pullman, March 25...Wisconsin is fresh coming to Seattle as their double dual last weekend against conference rivals No. 13 Ohio State and No. 7 Michigan was cancelled to due inclement weather and water conditions...Wisconsin out-performed WSU in preliminary races at the San Diego Crew Classic, April 1, earning a spot in the Jessop-Whittier Cup Grand Final....the Badgers went on to place sixth in the Grand Final...the Cougars placed second in the Petite Final Sunday.

Coach Crawford on Wisconsin..."I think because Wisconsin always seems to make the top 20 every year, people automatically think they are a really fast team. And rightfully so, I agree they are a fast team but I think they are attainable for us."

"Every year in San Diego it seems Wisconsin is in a different heat than us, so this will be the first time we have the chance to line up with them. So obviously, we're looking forward to the opportunity to race them directly."

Last Race Recap...Rowing on their home course, the Washington Huskies swept both Washington State men's and women's crews in all races Saturday at Montlake Cut in Seattle. However, nearly all Cougar women crews improved their times from their respective races last weekend. Though competitive for the first 1,000 meters of the race, the UW women's Varsity eight, ranked first in the latest USRowing National Collegiate Rowing Coaches Poll, pulled away from No. 13 WSU and crossed the finish line 16 seconds ahead of the Cougars. That margin is comparable to Washington victories over No. 5 USC, and No. 8 Wisconsin in the Grand Final Race at the San Diego Crew Classic April 2, where UW beat USC by 11 seconds and Wisconsin by 21 seconds. The Second Varsity eight lost to the Huskies by 13 seconds, an 11 second improvement in the margin over their Grand Final finish last weekend. WSU's Second Novice eight dramatically improved their time after rowing back to back weekends in Seattle. The crew finished the 2,000 meter course Saturday in 7:13.9, 33 seconds faster than their finish against Washington April 1. "Our goal going into today was to have a solid race and close the gap on Washington to prepare for racing Wisconsin next week," said head coach Tammy Crawford. "In the Varsity and Second Varsity eight races I felt we had much more solid and consistent races today than we did last week in San Diego. I'm happy with our improvements and feel we can be competitive going into the rest of the season."


Montlake Cut, Seattle
April 8, 2000
Race Conditions: sunny, clear, and breezy with winds coming out of the North

Women's Rowing Results
Varsity Eight- UW 6:29.2, WSU 6:45.2, Junior Varsity Eight- UW-a 6:51.4, WSU 7:04.3, UW-b 7:23.9, First Novice Eight- UW 6:49.4, WSU 7:08.8, Varsity Four- UW-b 7:21, UW-a 7:25.1, UW-c 7:44.8, WSU 7:52.1, Second Novice- UW-b 7:00.2, UW-a 7:03.9, WSU 7:13.9.

Spring vs. Fall Racing...The fall rowing season represents a different perspective of racing than that of the fast-paced and heavier promoted spring "conference" season...while fall races average over three miles in length, spring racing takes place over a 2,000 meter mapped-out course.

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

Next Week
No. 16 Michigan State & Clemson
Saturday, April 22, Lansing, Mich.
(Varsity eight, Second Varsity eight, First Novice eight)

Gonzaga, UC San Diego (or WWU)
Saturday, April 22, Gonzaga (or WWU)

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