April 1, 2000
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - With the wind howling and fighting squirrelly racing conditions, the Washington State women's Second Varsity eight and Novice eight crews finished strong and will advance to the Grand Finals at the San Diego Crew Classic Sunday. The Cougar Varsity eight boat will row in the Petit Final (consolation).
In the Second Varsity eight race, the Cougar crew captured second place in the C heat of the Saturday preliminary races, covering San Diego's Mission Bay 2,000 meter course in seven minutes, 18.5 seconds. Virginia won that heat with a time of 7:02.2, however Washington's 6:55.7 finish was the top time of all three heats. As the top two finishers in each heat race in the Grand Final, WSU will face tough competition as all competitors are ranked nationally -- No. 2 Virginia, No. 4 Washington, No. 4 USC, No. 6 Michigan, and No. 17 Oregon State.
The Cougar's Novice crew was edged out of first place in D heat, as Michigan's 7:19.01 finish was enough to beat WSU's 7:19.10 time. WSU had the lead in the race at the 1,000 meter mark, but Michigan was able to pull it out in the second thousand leg of the course. However, the Cougar's finish earned them the right to advance as the winner of each of the four heats, plus the next three fastest times, qualify for the Sunday Grand Final.
Washington State's Varsity eight boat finished fourth with a time of 6:57.5 in the second of the two-heat prelims. Though the Cougars finished with the eighth fastest of the women's collegiate Varsity boats Saturday, only the top three finishers in each heat advance to the Grand Final. The championship race will feature Washington, California, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, and USC. WSU will face Oregon State, Michigan State, Clemson, San Diego State, and Duke in consolation racing.
"I am a little disappointed with the Varsity eight race today because I think we can compete in the top six and think we're capable of racing there," said Head Coach Tammy Crawford. "We weren't there today, but I'm still confident and optimistic with the level we're at. We'll just make a few adjustments to where we can come out to race at that level."
Going into the race, the 21st-ranked Washington State women's rowing team won three out of five races, including a dramatic upset of both Victoria and No. 17 Oregon State in the Varsity Eight, March 25 in a regatta hosted by the Cougars at Wawawai Landing.
On Montake Cut in Seattle, the WSU Second Novice captured second place in the women's eight race, finishing in 7:47.3. Washington won the race in 7:05.2, with the University of Puget Sound following the Cougar' in 8:31.7 and Everett Community College in 8:45.9.
Women's Rowing ResultsVarsity Eight - Heat A- MIC 6:47.39, VIR 6:49.42, USC 6:52.61. WSU 6:57.58, SDS 7:09.89, DUKE 7:14.30. Heat B- WASH 6:43.60, CAL 6:49.63, WIS 6:54.60, OSU 6:56.98, MSU 7:02.04, CLE 7:09.98.
Second Varsity Eight - Heat A- OSU 7:00.67, USC 7:02.42, CAL 7:05.57, SDS 7:05.82 1, DUKE 7:25.17, STN 7:33.73, SSU 7:34.22. Heat B- WASH 6:55.70, MIC 6:56.05, TEX 7:14.48, WIS 7:16.01, PUR 7:29.54, UCG 7:56.86. Heat C- VIR 7:02.27, WSU 7:18.55, CLE 7:19.75, MSU 7:22.25, OCC 7:31.30, UCD 7:35.60.
First Novice Eight- Heat A- CAL 7:31.45, LOY 7:56.73, UCG 8:01.13, SSU 8:02.10, SMU 8:05.29, CHA 8:07.73, STM 8:49.91. Heat B- WASH 7:11.10, UCD 7:41.66, TEX 7:43.41, SDS 7:50.55, OCC 8:06.70, UCS 8:46.84, UCL 8:52.23. Heat C- WIS 7:10.38, STN 7:38.52, LBS 7:39.63, USD 7:48.00, SCU 7:48.57, USC 7:48.66, UCI 8:33.47. Heat D- MIC 7:19, WSU 7:19.10, OSU 7:21.13, UCI 7:50.33, UCS 8:09.10, SMU 8:29.29 2:12.12.
Women's Rowing Results
Second Novice eight- WASH 7:05.2, WSU 7:47.3, UPS 8:31.7, EVER 8:45.9