April 26, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's rowing team neither jumped nor dropped any places in the latest edition of the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/US Rowing National Collegiate Coaches Poll, announced Wednesday, holding steady at No. 16.
With the exception of the Washington schools, all ranked Pac-10 teams are coming off weekend losses and dropped among the rankings. After a sweep of No. 15 Oregon State, formerly ranked 14th, the Washington Huskies maintain the top spot in the poll for the third straight week. The Charles River in Boston, Mass., was a detriment for California which fell from third to fifth place after being upset by No. 7 Radcliffe College. USC lost to No. 2 Brown, also on the road, and dropped three spots to No. 9.
The Cougs are not feeling the pressure of recent losses, as all have come to teams ranked higher than WSU. Cougar rowers are optimistic going into the remainder of their season as they feel maintaining their No. 16 ranking is an indication that coaches participating in the poll have taken notice of their difficult spring racing schedule.
"The team knew we had an intense schedule going into the season," said Cougar head coach Tammy Crawford. "We talked about it all winter and we knew we would race top ten teams each weekend. I don't feel discouraged by our results, and I don't believe the teams do either. Except for a few setbacks in San Diego, I think we have progressed in some area each time we raced."
WSU will race four different teams this weekend at the Stanford Invitational April 29 and 30, in Belmont, Calif. Among the competition will be No. 9 USC, No. 15 Oregon State, Stanford, Kansas, and San Diego State. No. 1 Washington will also participate at the Invitational, however they are only scheduled to race against No. 5 California Saturday.
Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/US Rowing National Collegiate Coaches Poll
|Team (1st-Place Votes)||Points||Last Week's Ranking|
|8. Michigan State||192||9|
|10. Boston U.||187||12|
|14. Ohio State||136||13|
|15. Oregon State||94||14|
|16. Washington State||91||16|
Others receiving votes: Sacramento State 20, Tulsa 9, San Diego State 7, North Carolina 5, Clemson 4, George Washington 3, Miami 1, Texas 1.