Cougar Rowing Faces Extreme Weather Conditions at San Diego Crew Classic

April 7, 2001

SAD DIEGO, Calif. - Mark Twain once said, 'Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.' Of course, he didn't have to row Saturday, April 7 at the San Diego Crew Classic.

The elements became so extreme that it forced racing to be suspended after 17 races were contested. However, before the delay, the varsity eight just missed reaching the Whittier Cup finals for the first time since 1997 while the second varsity eight captured its heat to advance to the Grand Finals Sunday. In addition, the novice eight took first in its heat to advance to Sunday's finals.

'Overall I am really happy with the novice and second eight squads,' said head coach Tammy Crawford. 'But, I am disappointed in the varsity eight because I think they let the weather get to them.'

The Cougar varsity eight took to the water against a strong headwind in the Jessop Whittier Cup and earned a fourth place finish in their heat with a time of 6:36.6. WSU missed by four tenths of a second placing in the top three which earns a trip to the Cup's Grand Finals Sunday.

USC took first with a time of 6:28.5, followed by Virginia at 6:33.8, and Clemson at 6:35.9. The Cougars' time qualifies them for the Petite Final at 1:50 Sunday, April 8, which features the seventh through twelfth place finishers from Saturday's heats.

The second varsity eight qualified for the Grand Final by taking first with a time of 6:51.3. USC's boat sank at the finish line due to the weather, but they still took second place at 7:01.3, while Stanford placed third with a time of 7:22.0. The Grand Final will take place at 1:10 p.m. Sunday.

After a five-hour delay, the novice eight was victorious in their heat with a time of 7:19.2. Virginia placed second at 7:22.1, and Oregon State third, with a time of 7:31.9. The win puts the novice boat into the finals race at 12:50 Sunday.

Meanwhile, WSU's second eight squad went looking for a dog fight in the Husky Invitational at Montlake Cut in Seattle. Unfortunately, that is exactly what they got.

The Cougars competed in both the varsity four and novice eight races, falling behind first place Oregon State by two seconds in the novice eight with a time of 6:37.0, and achieving fourth place in the varsity four with a time of 7:38.0.


SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC RESULTS - Saturday, April 7, 2001

Jessop Whittier Cup Women's Varsity Eight Heat 2 - USC 6:28.5, Virginia 6:33.8,
Clemson 6:35.9, WSU 6:36.3, SDSU 6:47.2, Villanova 6:59.1, Sac State 7:10.23

Women's JV Heat 1 - WSU 6:51.3, USC 7:01.3, Stanford 7:22.0, Tulsa 7:27.2,
Kansas St. 7:34.2, CSUS 7:46.7, UC-Irvine 7:56.5

Novice Eight Heat 2 - WSU 7:19.2, Virginia 7:22.01, OSU 7:31.9,
UC-Irvine 7:34.41, Texas 7:44.07, St. Mary 7:59.2, USD 8:00.4

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Saturday, April 7, 2001

Women's Varsity Four - UW (A) 7:19, OSU 7:28, Williamette 7:33, WSU 7:38, CBRC 8:07
Women's Novice Eight - OSU 6:35, WSU 6:37, Oregon 6:41, UPS 7:05

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