April 18, 2002
What's Happening This Week: Washington State women's rowing will head to Silver Lake near Spokane Sunday, April 21, to face University of California at Davis. The Cougars varsity eight boat, ranked No. 14 in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll, will take on the Division II No. 1 ranked varsity eight squad of the Aggies.
What Happened Last Week: The conditions at Montlake Cut were not the best for rowing, but the competition was just right. Washington State women's rowing No. 15 ranked varsity eight squad defeated No. 25 Wisconsin Saturday at Montlake Cut near Seattle. WSU crossed the line at 7:02.8, ahead of No. 25 Wisconsin's time of 7:15.5. WSU was just a few seconds behind No. 1 ranked Washington, closing the gap between the boats from last Sunday's Whittier Cup Grand Final by nearly eight seconds. The novice squad captured first place Saturday, as it defeated Washington's novice boat for the second week in a row. WSU cut through the water with a time of 7:26.9 to UW's 7:35.7. On the season, the novice squad remains undefeated in five races against other novice eights. In the second varsity eight race, WSU finished second with a time of 7:32.9 and the WSU varsity four boat finished third at 8:15.4 in its race.
USRowing/CRCA Coaches Poll: The Cougars were ranked 15th last week before competing No. 1 Washington and No. 25 Wisconsin last weekend. With the successful races by the varsity eight squad, WSU climbed to No. 14 going into this weekend's competition.
International Strength: The Cougars come into the season with six international rowers with a combined 30 years of competitive rowing experience, including 12 years at the college varsity athletic level at WSU.
Crawford Wins One Award, Nominated for Another: The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) selected varsity head coach Tammy Crawford as the West Region Coach of the Year, May 23, 2001. Crawford fulfilled the criteria for the award based on team success during the season, team improvement from the prior season, harnessing the team's potential, and demonstrating a high level of professionalism and integrity as a coach.
In addition, Crawford was one of four up for The Everett Herald's 2001 Woman of the Year in Sports award. The nominees were chosen based on the criteria of displaying great skills through teamwork, sportsmanship, dedication and being a native of Snohomish County. The ceremony took place March 25, and though Crawford did not receive the award, she was honored to have been nominated.
Scaglione Takes the Helm: The coaching staff welcomed aboard a new face to take to the water as Vita Scaglione joined the Cougars as head coach of the women's novice team in August, 2001. Scaglione arrives to the Palouse after serving as assistant coach for the University of Michigan women's rowing novice squad for the past two years. Scaglione coached for two years at Michigan's Nike Rowing Camp, and spent one summer as an assistant coach at the U.S. Rowing Development Camp. Scaglione, who earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Michigan in 1999, was a three-year member of the Wolverine women's varsity rowing team, including one year as a captain. In 1999, she achieved third place in the NCAA National Championships as a rower in the second varsity boat.
Coaching Tenure: Tammy Crawford enters her 17th season as collegiate coach, and her 12th season as head coach of the varsity women's rowing program at Washington State University. Michelle Argenbright begins her fourth year as an assistant coach for the varsity squad, and Vita Scaglione makes her debut as novice head coach.