Women's Rowing At Windermere Opening Day Regatta

May 2, 2001

What's Happening This Week - With the Pacific-10 Championships less than two weeks away, the Washington State women's rowing second varsity eight and varsity four squads will receive its final tune-up for the championships this week. Both squads have been invited to compete in the Windermere Opening Day Regatta at Montlake Cut in Seattle Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m. Among the squads the second varsity eight will be in competition with is in-state rival Washington and the University of Victoria in the 'Cascade Cup' competition. The varsity four unit will face Washington, San Diego State and Seattle Pacific in its race. The No. 20 ranked varsity eight squad receives the week off to prepare for the championships.

WSU at the Windermere Opening Day Regatta - The Cougars' varsity four boat has been invited to the Opening Day Regatta three out of the last four years, with 1999 being the exception. In the 2000 women's varsity four race, WSU placed third with a time of 7:33.74. The Cougars fared a little better in 1998's competition, finishing second behind Washington at 7:56.15. The Cougars second varsity eight and varsity four boats last faced the Huskies April 14, with the second varsity eight placing second at 6:56.3 to the Huskies' 6:52.5. In the varsity four race, WSU's A boat finished third with a time of 8:30. UW's A boat rowed a time of 7:57 and it's B boat rowed at 8:02.6.

WSU Coach Tammy Crawford on This Week's Regatta - 'The Windermere Cup is a fantastic event for rowing. It's a huge spectacle that draws thousands of fans and racing the Huskies is always exciting. The last time we met April 14, the second varsity crews competed in a great race. The Cougars yielded their lead just before the finish to give the Huskies a four second victory. The 'Cascade Cup' featuring these two crews will be exciting. The varsity four lineup will be a different crew than the one that was defeated by the Huskies. We believe we have increased our speed with the addition of Jamie Orth to the lineup and this crew will use this race to make strides. This weekend is a step towards the Pac-10 Championships for us. We really need to prepare for the craziness of the event because we aren't used to racing in front of thousands of fans and media.'

Washington State Lineups for Windermere Opening Day Regatta
Saturday, May 5 10 a.m.

Second Varsity Eight
Coxswain: Jenny Hughes
8. Michelle Darbous
7. Emily Larson
6. Brianna Woodham
5. Christie Nielson
4. Carolyn Oury
3. Emily Rains
2. Pearl Robertson
1. Audra Durfey

Varsity Four
Coxswain: Sara Bankston
4. Kim Oergel
3. Jamie Orth
2. Crystal Hasey
1. Carly Morse

Latest Poll Information - For the second consecutive week, the Cougars' varsity eight squad is ranked No. 20 in this week's USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll.

Pac-10 Championships Seeding Announced - The Pac-10 Championships are just two weeks away and the seeding for the races have been announced. WSU's No. 20 ranked varsity eight squad is seeded fourth out of 20 schools. The second varsity eight is seeded second out of 13 schools. The novice eight has been seeded first out of 13 schools, and the varsity four was seeded third out of a possible 13 schools. The championships will take place at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif., Sunday, May 13 at 7 a.m.

Last Week's Recap - Washington State's women's rowing squad won the inaugural Winchell Cup in harsh conditions April 28 against Pac-10 rival Oregon State. Thunder and lightning caused the regatta to be delayed and eventually cancelled three races including the novice eight contest. WSU's No. 20 ranked varsity eight squad defeated OSU, 6:49.3 to 6:53.6. The second varsity eight battled a strong headwind and pouring rain to row a time of 8:07.4, beating OSU's A boat with a time of 8:20.2, and the B boat's 9:14.9. Oregon State went on to win the varsity four competition with a time of 8:00.3 to Washington State's 8:06.0, and also the second novice eight race at a time of 7:31.8 to 7:58.9.

Cougars on Television - The April 14 regatta against the University of Washington will air Friday, May 4 at 3 p.m. on Fox Sports Net Northwest. It's the first time in Cougar rowing history that a home event has been televised.

Inaugural Winchell Cup - Washington State and Oregon State debuted the Winchell Cup April 28 in honor of novice head coach Jodi Winchell, who will be retiring after nine year at WSU.

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 has entered her 11th year as head coach of the Cougars and 14th as a collegiate coach. Novice coach Jodi Winchell began her ninth year as a coach with the Cougars, and it is assistant Michelle Kistler's third year.

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