April 12, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - The latest announcement of the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/USRowing National Collegiate Coaches Poll Wednesday found the Washington State women's rowing team at No. 14, one place lower than the April 5 poll.
Four other Pac-10 schools remain among the rankings. With a sweep of the Cougars last weekend, the Washington Huskies maintain the top spot with No. 3 California and No. 5 USC also holding onto last week's rankings. Oregon State jumps one spot in the poll to No. 12.
The loss to Washington last weekend doesn't have head coach Tammy Crawford worried about WSU's slight drop in the poll.
"You always go out with a goal to win the race, but if it's ever a good to lose it can only help us to lose to a team like Washington," said Crawford. "We made a lot of improvements and I feel we had a strong race Saturday. We lost, but we lost to a very fast team and the poll reflects that. I think the experience helps us better prepare for the rest of the season."
The No. 14 Cougars next face No. 10 Wisconsin Sunday, April 16 on Montlake Cut in Seattle. Wisconsin dropped two spots in the poll from No. 8, but comes to Seattle fresh after flooding cancelled racing for the Badgers last weekend. Wisconsin will first race No. 1 Washington Saturday then stays over to race the WSU Varsity eight in an 8 a.m. race the following day.
Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/US Rowing Collegiate Coaches Poll
|Team (1st-Place Votes)||Points||Preseason Ranking|
|1. Washington (9)||332||1|
|2. Brown (8)||329||2|
|8. Boston U.||204||9|
|11. Oregon State||158||12|
|13. Ohio State||129||11|
|14. Washington State||108||13|
|16. Michigan State||86||16|
|19. George Washington||31||NR|