Cougar Rowing's Next Challenge: The San Diego Classic

April 5, 2001

What's Happening This Week - Coming off a Fawley Cup victory March 24 against Gonzaga, the Cougars travel to Southern California to compete at the 28th Annual San Diego Crew Classic Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8. WSU begins the competition with the varsity eight taking the water at 8:30 a.m. The second varsity eight will race at 9:50 a.m. while the first novice eight will row at 11 a.m. With a top-three finish by the varsity eight in its heat Saturday, the Cougars will secure a spot in the Whittier Cup final Sunday. A top-two finish by the second varsity eight and first novice eight would advance the Cougars to Sunday's final. The second novice eight boat will travel to Seattle for the Husky Invitational Saturday, April 7 at 8 a.m.

WSU at the San Diego Crew Classic - The Cougars best finish at the San Diego Crew Classic was in 1995, when they were second to Washington. The Cougars have not advanced to the Whittier Cup Grand Final since 1997.

Coach Crawford on the San Diego Crew Classic 'This is our first race against some fast crews, so we plan to attack the race aggressively and go as fast as we can. We don't have as much racing under our belts thus far this season, but we don't intend to let that hinder us. All grand final lane assignments are determined by the finish of the heats. The winners from each heat will race from lane 1 and 2, second from each heat will race from 3 and 4, and third from each heat will race from lanes 5 and 6. We want to secure an inside lane for the finals. In the second varsity race we have a solid group in the boat, and I look forward to watching them come together and compete.'

San Diego Crew Classic History - The first Crew Classic regatta in 1973 featured competitors in 12 races and a budget of $10,000. This year's event features over 3,000 competitors in 87 races with a budget of $300,000.

Last Race Recap - The first regatta of the spring season ended with the Washington State women's rowing team capturing its fourth consecutive Fawley Cup. The top race of the day featured WSU's varsity eight and second varsity eight versus the varsity eight of Gonzaga. WSU's varsity boat finished first, but a protest was filed by coxswain Erin Walker on the results of the second varsity eight and the varsity eight of Gonzaga. Coaches Glenn Putyrae of Gonzaga and Tammy Crawford of WSU did not notice any irregularities from their vantage point on the course and agreed to the re-race to settle the issue. In the re-race, WSU clocked a winning time of 6:35.5 while Gonzaga finished with a 6:41.7 mark. With the win, the Cougars' junior varsity eight qualifies for the Opening Day Regatta May 5 hosted by the University of Washington at Montlake Cut. WSU lost in the varsity four and novice eight races to Gonzaga, but was victorious when the novice boats rowed in the second eight and third eight.

Cougars On Fox Sports Net Northwest - Fox Sports Net Northwest will be broadcasting on a tape-delay basis, the April 14 matchup with the University of Washington along the Snake River. This will be the first televised rowing event in the history of Cougar Rowing. A broadcast date has yet to be announced.

NCAA Preseason Poll - The Cougars received 29 votes in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Preseason NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches poll. A new format has been announced changing the poll from a random coaches vote to a selection from qualified pollsters in each region. The weekly regular season poll will start April 11.

In Unity There Is Strength - The important addition of talented athletes and recruits to WSU rowing has allowed a combination of both the novice and varsity eights that has not been attempted since the inception of the program. Although there will still be a novice boat and a varsity boat, the added depth allows the team to increase its overall experience at all levels according to Coach Tammy Crawford.

Coaching Tenure - Varsity coach Tammy Crawford is entering her eleventh year as head coach of the Cougars and 14th as a collegiate coach, novice coach Jodi Winchell begins her 9th year as a coach with the Cougars, and assistant Michelle Kistler enters her third year.

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