Women's Rowing To Face Strong Field At Pacific-10 Championships

May 8, 2001

THIS WEEK: Sunday, May 13 Pac-10 Championships in Lake Natoma at Rancho Cordova, Calif., 8 a.m.
IN TWO WEEKS: May 24-27 NCAA Championships at Lake Lanier, in Gainesville, Georgia.

What's Happening This Week - The Washington State women's rowing team travels to Lake Natoma at Rancho Cordova, Calif., Sunday, May 13, for the Pacific-10 Championships...the Cougars will compete in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, novice eight, and varsity four competitions starting at 8 a.m...after the Championships, the Cougars will await their fate as the field for the NCAA Championships will be announced Tuesday, May 15.

Pac-10 Championships Seeding - WSU's varsity eight squad is seeded fourth out of 20 schools...The No. 20 Cougars (as of May 2 poll) will face No. 10 and third seed California in the third heat of the varsity eight competition...with an entrance into the grand finals, the Cougars could potentially meet top ten ranked boats in No. 4 USC and No. 5 Washington...the second varsity eight is seeded second out of 13 schools and will row in the same group as the USC boat they defeated at the San Diego Crew Classic April 7...the novice eight has been seeded first out of 13 schools due in large part to the victory over the University of Washington April 14...strong racing the last couple of weekends has the varsity four seeded third out of a possible 13 schools.

WSU at the Pacific-10 Championship - In last year's Championships, the Cougars placed fifth in the varsity eight grand final, fourth in the second varsity eight grand final, fourth in the novice eight grand final, and third in the varsity four grand final...in the 1999 Championships, WSU was fifth in the varsity four grand final, third in the novice eight grand final, third in the second varsity eight grand final, and sixth in the varsity eight grand final.

WSU Coach Tammy Crawford on The Pac-10 Championships -'The varsity four had a strong race last weekend. They are really coming together and our expectations are high for this crew. The novice eight is a very dynamic, feisty group of rowers and they are on a mission to send Coach Winchell off into retirement with a Pac-10 Championship. The second eight promises to be one of the most exciting races of the day with all the crews of the University of Washington, Washington State, and the University of Southern California all within a boat length of each other. Our boat is ready to meet the challenge and looks forward to a great competition. The varsity eight is coming off a solid win against Oregon State April 28 and a week of good practice. They are ready and willing to put it all on the line.'

The 2001 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships -The NCAA will stay with the same format it used in 2000. A total of 15 Division I and four non-Division I schools will participate in the regatta. The top 10 Division I teams (varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four) in the country will be selected to the NCAA's along with the remaining top five varsity eights.

Latest Poll Information -The latest USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll will be updated Wednesday, May 9 at noon...to obtain WSU's new ranking, go to www.usrowing.org.

Last Week's Recap -Washington State University's women's rowing varsity four boat and second varsity eight squad finished in the top three of their races Saturday, May 5, in the Windermere Opening Day Invitational at Montlake Cut in Seattle...the second varsity eight captured second place in the Women's Windermere Cascade Cup with a time of 6:33.82, behind University of Washington's 6:29.59...in the varsity four contest, WSU fought to a third place finish by rowing a time of 7:28.57.

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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