WSU Hosts Oregon State In The Winchell Cup Regatta

March 28, 2002

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's rowing team continues its spring season Saturday, March 30 against Oregon State in the Winchell Cup Regatta at Wawawai Landing along the Snake River at 3 p.m. This weekend's regatta is the last scheduled event the Cougars will host for the 2002 season.

The varsity eight will compete in the Jodi Jean Winchell boat for the first time since its christening, Feb. 15. The boat is named after former novice head coach Jodi Winchell, who retired at the conclusion of the 2001 season.

WSU Head Coach Tammy Crawford on the Winchell Cup Regatta: 'It's always great to host Oregon State because of our intense, but respectful rivalry. This will be the second competition for both teams, but the first Pac-10 Conference competition for both. Oregon State, who is coming off its spring break training, was defeated by the University of Victoria two weeks ago. I think the Cougars did a fine job racing against Gonzaga last week. I expect Oregon State to provide a greater challenge, but our athletes are fired up and ready to race.'

What Happened Last Week: The Washington State University women's rowing team opened the spring season with a victory over the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the Fawley Cup Regatta at Wawawai Landing along the Snake River, March 23. In the varsity eight race, WSU clocked a time of 6:48.8, besting Gonzaga's 7:05.3. In the second varsity eight event, the Cougars rowed a time of 6:49.3 while Gonzaga finished with a time of 7:20.5. The third varsity eight race was closer but once again WSU prevailed, turning in a time of 7:15.2 to the Bulldogs' 7:20.9.

In the varsity four race, the Cougars turned in a time of 8:51.5 to Gonzaga's 8:58.4. WSU avenged a defeat to the Bulldogs during the 2001 fall season with a victory in the novice eight competition as the Cougars rowed to a time of 7:28.2 to the Bulldogs' 7:42.9. In the second novice eight race, WSU clocked a 7:40.2 to Gonzaga's 8:09.0.

What Happened In The Fall: The Cougars took advantage of the fall training season by competing in the Head of the Spokane Oct. 27, 2001 against Gonzaga, and the Head of the Lake versus the University of Washington, Nov.10, 2001. The fall campaign also provided an opportunity for newly acquired members of the team and first year rowers to compete in scrimmages in preparation for the spring season.

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. Crawford, a native of Marysville, Wash., is a 1980 graduate of Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

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.
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