Cougars to Compete in First WSU Televised Rowing Event

April 11, 2001

What's Happening This Week - Coming off of a very competitive weekend at the 28th annual San Diego Crew Classic and an early season test for the novice boat at the Husky Invitational, the Washington State Cougar women's rowing team reunites to face the University of Washington Huskies at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at Wawawai Landing along the Snake River. FOX Sports Northwest Net will broadcast the landmark event on a tape-delay basis, marking the first time in school history that a WSU-hosted rowing event will be televised. The tape-delayed showing will be aired Wednesday, April 25 at 2 p.m., and Friday, May 4 at 3 p.m.

A Battle of Ranked Opponents - The Huskies' varsity eight squad enters Saturday's competition ranked No. 3 in the latest USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll. The Cougars, who were not ranked last week, are tied with the University of Pennsylvania at No. 20 in this week's poll.

WSU vs. UW - A rivalry usually reserved for football season arrives to the Snake River when the Cougars take on the Huskies head-to-head for the first time this spring. WSU faced UW during the fall rowing season in a pair of 1200m races, which are much shorter than the spring competition races of 2000m. At that fall race the Huskies pulled away in the end of the varsity eight match, clocking in at a time of 4:05.1, bettering the Cougars' 4:12.7. In the second race, pitting the two school's second eight boats, the Huskies again prevailed posting a time of 3:56.9 to the Cougars' 4:02.3.

WSU Coach Tammy Crawford on Facing the Huskies - 'The Huskies are going to try and make up speed this weekend after coming in second to USC, but they are not going to take us for granted. Our varsity eight is looking to prove itself after a disappointing Crew Classic performance. The most intense rivalry over the next two weeks though will be between the second eight and novice eight boats, as they have a lot to prove. The second eight race will be particularly intense with those boats facing each other again in the Opening Day Classic. I think a good performance by the second eight can really help our national rankings.'

EXPECTED LINEUPS vs. UW HUSKIES - Saturday, April 14

Varsity eight boat - Coxswain: Jenny Hughes, 8. Gunila Grafnings, 7. Amy Armstrong, 6. Emily Tribe, 5. Corrie McGrath, 4. Emily Larson, 3. Brianna Woodham, 2. Sarah Allen, 1. Carolyn Oury

Second varsity eight boat - Coxswain: Erin Walker, 8. Michelle Darbous, 7. Jackie Kern, 6. Naomi Turnbull, 5. Emily Rains, 4. Cynthia Wilson, 3. Christie Nielson, 2. Pearl Robertson , 1. Audra Durfey.

Novice eight boat - Coxswain: Sarah Bankston, 8. Erin Patterson, 7. Kristin Fleischer, 6. Lacey Malone, 5. Katie Dahlgren, 4. Camille Park, 3. Angie Schaeffer, 2. Claire Magruder, 1. Crystal Hasey.

Last Week's Recap - Although it was snowing in Pullman last Saturday, it may have been better weather than what the Cougars had to face last weekend in San Diego at the San Diego Crew Classic April 7 & 8.

The elements became so extreme last Saturday that racing had to be suspended after 17 races were completed. 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.

The top competition from all heats entered the second day of the regatta and the Cougars' novice and junior varsity boats placed in the top three at their finals, while the varsity championed the Petite Final for seventh overall. The varsity eight in the Jessop Whittier Petite Final took first place with a time of 7:22.22, about three seconds faster than second place Stanford. In the women's JV Grand Final, WSU placed third with a time of 7:12.12, Virginia placed second at 7:07.75, and the University of Washington captured first with a time of 7:05.73. The novice eight won second place in the Grand Final with a time of 7:20.5, just five seconds behind first place University of Washington. California placed third with a time of 7:30.07.

WSU's second eight squad was at the Husky Invitational at Montlake Cut at Seattle. In the novice eight competition, the Cougars finished behind first place Oregon State by two seconds with a time of 6:37.0, and achieved fourth place in the varsity four with a time of 7:38.0.

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 Crawford.

Coaching Tenure - Varsity coach Tammy Crawford is entering her 11th year as head coach of the Cougars and 14th as a collegiate coach. Novice coach Jodi Winchell begins her ninth year as a coach with the Cougars, and assistant Michelle Kistler enters her third year.
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