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Varsity Four Shoots For Opening Day Regatta Title
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/01/2000
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May. 1, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. - No. 16 Washington State will send the Varsity four boat into action at Saturday's prestigious Opening Day Regatta on Seattle's Montlake Cut against Washington, Seattle Pacific and Seattle U. WSU's Varsity four has won three of its last four races, including a sweep of No. 9 USC and Kansas at last weekend's Stanford Invitational.

Opening Day Regatta
Saturday, May 6, Montlake Cut, Seattle, Wash.
(No. 1 Washington, Seattle Pacific, Seattle U.)

10:35 a.m.Varsity FourUW-A, SPU, UW-B, WSU, SU

Cougs at the Opening Day Regatta?This is the first time in 2000 that WSU and top-ranked Washington will square off in a Varsity four race?the Cougars will go with the same rowers that produced wins over USC and Kansas last weekend?freshman Brianna Woodham (South Bend, Wash.) will man the bow, while the rest of the boat will be filled by freshmen Christie Neilson (University Place, Wash.), Carolyn Oury (Ridgefield, Wash.) and Emily Rains (Kennewick, Wash.)?the coxwain will be senior Chris Bowers (Everett, Wash.) or freshman Heather Neill (Pullman, Wash.)?this will be the third Pac-10 opponent for the Varsity four boat this season?the Cougars already have wins over USC and Oregon State.

Coach Crawford on the Opening Day Regatta?"I think our chances are very good to win that race. Washington is tough and it's their home course, but I think our boat has been a little faster this year. After seeing USC last week and Washington this week, we will have a pretty good idea of where we stand going into the Pac-10 championships. I think a top three finish at Pac-10s is very much in the picture for the Varsity four."

Pac-10s Next Week?While the Varsity four heads to Seattle, the rest of the rowers will spend the week concentrating on finals and preparing for the Pac-10 Championships May 14 in Sacramento, Calif?currently, five Pac-10 crews are ranked in the nation's top 20, including No. 1 Washington, No. 5 California, No. 9 USC, No. 15 Oregon State and No. 16 Washington State?last year, the Varsity eight finished a disappointing sixth, while the Varsity four was fifth, the Second Varsity was third and the Novice eight was third.

Last Race Recap?The Washington State women's rowing team defeated Stanford, Kansas and San Diego State, but dropped a pair of races to No. 9 USC last weekend at the Stanford Invitational at Redwood Shores, Calif.

On Saturday, the Cougars swept three morning races, including a 7.6 second victory over the host Cardinal in the Varsity eight. WSU finished in a time of 6:50.27. WSU's Second Varsity eight finished with a time of 6:59.80 and bested Stanford by 22.7 seconds. The Cougar Novice eight completed the sweep with a time of 7:10, finishing ahead of both the Cardinal (7:35) and USC (7:43).

The afternoon session began well for the Cougars, as WSU's Varsity four defeated USC by 40.27 seconds with a time of 7:22.43.

However, the Second Varsity eight and Varsity eight came up short in their races. The Second Varsity eight finished in 6:45, four seconds behind USC.

In the Varsity eight race, WSU was 4.4 seconds behind USC, which finished with a time of 6:44.03.

Redwood Shores proved a favorable location for WSU on Sunday as both the Varsity and Second Varsity eight boats bested their fasted times of the spring season in afternoon races against San Diego State. The Cougars' Varsity eight beat San Diego State by 11.5 seconds to finish in a time of six minutes, 42.4 seconds. The Second Varsity eight beat San Diego State by the same margin, and finished in 6:49.2. In the Novice eight race, WSU crossed the finish line first in 7:04.5 before San Diego State, which crossed in 7:27.5.

WSU bounced back from Saturday's loss to USC and beat Kansas in all races of the morning session. The Cougars' Varsity eight crew finished in a time of 6:45.9 seconds, beating Kansas by 3.96 seconds. WSU's Second Varsity eight finished in 6:55.6 seconds, 6.65 seconds ahead of Kansas. The Cougar Varsity four completed the sweep, winning its race by eight seconds and finishing with a time of 7:44.6.


Next Week: Pac-10 Rowing Championships
Sunday, May 14
Lake Natoma
Sacramento, Calif.

NCAA Championships: May 26-28
Camden, N.J.

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.


Redwood Shores
Belmont, Calif.
Saturday, April 29, 2000

Morning Session
Varsity Eight - WSU 6:50.67, Stanford 6:58.27, Second Varsity Eight - WSU 6:59.80, Stanford 7:22.50, Novice Eight - WSU 7:10, Stanford 7:35, USC 7:43.
Afternoon Session
Varsity Four - WSU 7:22.43, USC 8:02.70, Second Varsity Eight - USC 6:41, WSU 6:45, Varsity Eight - USC 6:44.03, WSU 6:48.43.

Sunday, April 30, 2000

Morning Session
Varsity Eight - WSU 6:45.9, Kansas 6:49.86, Second Varsity Eight - WSU 6:55.6, Kansas 7:02.25, Varsity Four - WSU 7:44.6, Kansas 7:52.6.
Afternoon Session
Varsity Eight - WSU 6:42.4, San Diego State 6:54.0, Second Varsity Eight - WSU 6:49.2, San Diego State 7:00.7, Novice Eight - WSU 7:04.5, 7:27.5.

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.

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