WSU Begins Spring Rowing Season Hosting The Fawley Cup Regatta

March 21, 2002

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What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's rowing team kicks off the spring season, Saturday, March 23, against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the Fawley Cup regatta. The regatta will be held at Wawawai Landing along the Snake River at 3 p.m. Originally scheduled for Silver Lake near Spokane, the regatta was moved to the Snake through a mutual agreement by the coaches of both programs due to the poor weather conditions that have recently plagued the Spokane area.

The Cougars are coming off a 2001 season in which the varsity eight boat was nationally ranked, and the novice eight became Pacific-10 Champions for the first time since 1994.

What Happened In The Fall: The Cougars took advantage of the fall training season by competing in the Head of the Spokane Oct. 27, 2001 against Gonzaga, and the Head of the Lake versus the University of Washington, Nov.10, 2001. The fall campaign also provided an opportunity for newly acquired members of the team and first year rowers to compete in scrimmages in preparation for the spring season.

WSU Head Coach Tammy Crawford on the Fawley Cup Regatta:
'Both programs have been dealing with less than desirable training conditions but our athletes have done a really great job of making the best of this crazy Northwest weather pattern! Both teams are looking forward to getting on the water and having a good competition against each other.'

'Moving the regatta to the Snake came through a mutual decision by both coaches. WSU has installed a full 2,000m buoyed course in preparation for our race against Oregon State next weekend and the coaches agreed hosting the Fawley Cup on the Snake River would allow the athletes the quality race conditions they deserve.'

International Strength: The Cougars come into the season with six international rowers with a combined 30 years of competitive rowing experience, including 12 years at the college varsity athletic level at WSU.

Crawford Wins One Award, Nominated for Another: The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) selected varsity head coach Tammy Crawford as the West Region Coach of the Year, May 23, 2001. Crawford fulfilled the criteria for the award based on team success during the season, team improvement from the prior season, harnessing the team's potential, and demonstrating a high level of professionalism and integrity as a coach.

Crawford is one of four up for The Everett Herald's 2001 Woman of the Year in Sports award. The nominees are chosen based on the criteria of displaying great skills through teamwork, sportsmanship, dedication and being a native of Snohomish County. Crawford, a native of Marysville, Wash., is a 1980 graduate of Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

'It is an honor to be nominated,' said Crawford. 'It is good recognition for me, but it is great recognition for Washington State University and the women's rowing team.'

The crowning of the 2001 Man and Woman of the Year in Sports will take place at 7 p.m., March 25, at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel at Everett, Wash. The ceremony will feature WSU Head Football Coach Mike Price as the keynote speaker.

Scaglione Takes the Helm: The coaching staff welcomed aboard a new face to take to the water as Vita Scaglione joined the Cougars as head coach of the women's novice team in August, 2001. Scaglione arrives to the Palouse after serving as assistant coach for the University of Michigan women's rowing novice squad for the past two years. Scaglione coached for two years at Michigan's Nike Rowing Camp, and spent one summer as an assistant coach at the U.S. Rowing Development Camp. Scaglione, who earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Michigan in 1999, was a three-year member of the Wolverine women's varsity rowing team, including one year as a captain. In 1999, she achieved third place in the NCAA National Championships as a rower in the second varsity boat.

Coaching Tenure: Tammy Crawford enters her 17th season as collegiate coach, and her 12th season as head coach of the varsity women's rowing program at Washington State University. Michelle Argenbright begins her fourth year as an assistant coach for the varsity squad, and Vita Scaglione makes her debut as novice head coach.
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