April 25, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - Presently ranked at No.16 in the nation, the Washington State women's rowing team has a chance to make a statement as it prepares to go head to head with four different teams at the Stanford Invitational April 29 and 30?training hard this week, the Cougars expect to take the entire team to Redwood Shores, Calif., for the competition.
Saturday, April 29-30, Redwood Shores, Belmont, Calif.
(Stanford, No. 6 USC, No. 14 Oregon State, Kansas, San Diego State)
Saturday, April 29 (WSU Races)
|8:45 a.m.||VARSITY 8||STANFORD, WSU|
|9:00 a.m.||2ND VARSITY 8||STANFORD, WSU|
|9:15 a.m.||NOVICE 8||STANFORD, WSU, USC|
|3:00 p.m.||VARSITY 4||USC, WSU-A|
|3:15 p.m.||VARSITY 4||KANSAS, WSU -B|
|3:30 p.m.||2ND VARSITY 8||USC, WSU|
|3:45 p.m.||VARSITY 8||USC, WSU|
Sunday, April 30 (WSU Races)
|10:30 a.m.||VARSITY 4||OSU, WSU-B|
|10:40 a.m..||2ND VARSITY 8||KANSAS, WSU|
|10:50 a.m.||VARSITY 8||KANSAS, WSU|
|11:00 a.m.||VARSITY 4||KANSAS, WSU-A|
|11:40 a.m.||NOVICE 8||SDSU, WSU|
|11:50 a.m.||2ND VARSITY 8||SDSU, WSU|
|NOON||VARSITY 8||SDSU, WSU|
Cougs at the Stanford Invitational?Competition could be tight as the schedule for the Stanford Invitational finds WSU facing Pac-10 foes Stanford, USC and Oregon State along with Kansas and San Diego State?the latest announcement of the USRowing and CRCA Poll for women's varsity eight boats ranked USC 6th, Oregon State 14th, with Kansas and San Diego State receiving votes?the 16th ranked Cougars are coming off of tough losses to No. 1 Washington, No. 9 Michigan State, and No. 11 Wisconsin and look to improve their position going into the Pac-10 Championships May 14 ?USC will be a tough competitor as they battled defending NCAA champion (presently rated No. 2) Brown April 16, losing to Brown by 11.7 seconds in a time of 6:41.4?WSU's' best Varsity eight time performance to date was March 25, where the Cougars finished swept Oregon State and Victoria in a time of 6:43.86.
Coach Crawford on the Stanford Invitational?"This will be a different format for us since we have four races in two days. Our goal is to go out and have a good showing against USC and then see what we can do against the other boats. USC is probably the strongest team we will see this weekend. I don't know too much about Kansas, but they had a pretty good race against Wisconsin last week. We will need to have a good race in order to defeat them and San Diego State. Stanford is not as strong, but it's their home course and you never want to look past anyone."
Last Race Recap?The Washington State women's rowing team was not as successful as they had hoped to be racing in their furthest regular season competition against No. 9 Michigan State and Clemson on Lake Ovid, Mich., with only the Novice eight coming away with a win.
Coming off a weekend of rest, the WSU Novice crew beat both Michigan State and Clemson and crossed the finish line in a time of 7:35.2. Clemson finished second in 7:38.36 followed by MSU A in 7:38.73 and MSU B in 8:05.83.
The Spartan Varsity eight crew, who jumped nine spots in last week's USRowing and CRCA Poll, beat No. 16 Washington State by five seconds and finished first with a time of seven minutes, 11.13 seconds. The Cougars placed second, ahead of unranked Clemson in 7:16.07.
"Overall the Varsity eight rowed solid and I'm happy with their performance against a fast Michigan State team," said Cougar head coach Tammy Crawford. "They rowed aggressively which is something they didn't do last weekend against Wisconsin. We addressed the things we wanted to, but haven't been able to really pull it all together yet."
Michigan State also claimed victories in the Second Varsity eight and Varsity four races. WSU took second in the Second Varsity eight in 7:37.51 and third in the Varsity four with a time of 8:17.35.
In a regatta on Long Lake in Spokane, Saturday, a WSU Novice crew took second place in a Novice four competition that featured Gonzaga and UC-San Diego.
2000 RACING SCHEDULE
Next Week: Opening Day at Seattle
Saturday, May 6
Montlake Cut, Seattle
Pac-10 Rowing Championships
Sunday, May 14
WASHINGTON STATE at MICHIGAN STATE
Lake Ovid at Sleepy Hollow State Park, East Lansing, Mich.
April 22, 2000
Women's Rowing Results
Varsity eight- MSU 7:11.13, WSU 7:16.07, Clemson 7:25.26, Second Varsity
Eight- MSU 7:30.2, WSU 7:37.51, Clemson 7:39.25, First Novice Eight- WSU 7:35.2, Clemson 7:38.36, MSU-A 7:38.73, MSU-B 8:05.83, Varsity Four- MSU-B 8:10.6, MSU-A 8:15.32, Clemson 8:26.5.
WASHINGTON STATE at GONZAGA
Long Lake, Spokane
Saturday, April 22, 2000
Women's Rowing Results
Novice Four- Gonzaga 9:11.9, WSU 9:57.6, UC-San Diego 10:06.4.
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.
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.