Women's Novice Eight Victorious for First Time in Seven Years Against University of Washington

April 14, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - WSU women's novice eight boat claimed its first victory in seven years against the University of Washington Huskies Saturday at Wawawai Landing along the Snake River.

The novice eight boat of coxswain Erin Walker, and rowers Michelle Darbous, Jackie Kern, Naomi Turnbull, Emily Rains, Cynthia Wilson, Christie Nielson, Pearl Robertson, and Audra Durfey rowed to a time of 6:53.5 over the Huskies time of 6:56.9.

The rest of Saturday's races would belong to UW though, as they were victorious in the second novice eight, varsity four, second varsity eight, and varsity eight competitions.

UW defeated WSU by six seconds, 7:31.8 to 7:38.5 in the second novice eight contest and prevailed 6:52.5 to 6:56.3 in the second varsity eight race.

In a battle of ranked women's varsity eight teams, No. 3 Washington defeated No. 20 Washington State 6:37.4 to 6:54.1.

UW's A boat prevailed with a time of 7:57.6 in the varsity four race, and it's B boat rowed to a second place finish at 8:02.6. In that race, WSU's A boat finished third with a time of 8:30.1 as the Cougar squad had to contest with a broken oar at the 1500m mark. The B boat finished fourth at 8:48.0. UW won the second varsity four race with a time of 7:49.9, over WSU's 8:05.7.

The Cougars' next regatta is at Redwood Shores in Belmont, California April 21 against Michigan State, USC, Stanford and Umass.

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WSU vs, UW April 14 Women's Rowing Results
Wawawai at Snake River
All races 2000m

Novice Eight - WSU 6:53.49, UW 6:56.9
Second Varsity Four - UW 7:49.9, WSU 8:05.7
Second Novice Eight - UW 7:31.72, WSU 7:38.43
Varsity Four - UW (A) 7:57.6, UW (B) 8:02.6, WSU (A) 8:30.1, WSU (B) 8:48.0
Second Varsity Eight - UW 6:52.5, WSU 6:56.3
Varsity Eight - UW 6:37.4, WSU 6:54.1

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