Cougars Split Squad For Two Weekend Competitions

What's Happening This Week: Washington State women's rowing team will split up heading into the weekend's competitions. The varsity eight and novice team will travel to the San Diego Crew Classic at Mission Bay, Calif. The second varsity eight and varsity four will compete in the Husky invitational Saturday at Montlake Cut at Seattle. The Crew Classic is a multi-school regatta that features five top ten ranked varsity eights from 2001, and eight teams in the 2001 top-20, including the national champ from last year, Washington, and the fourth place finisher in nationals, Ohio State. The top three from each heat compete in the grand final Sunday, April 7 at 2:40. Those who finish fourth, fifth, and sixth compete in the petite final at 11:40, also Sunday.

Women's Rowing Schedule of Events for Weekend of April 6

San Diego Crew Classic, April, 6 at Mission Bay, Calif.
Jessop Whittier Cup - Varsity Eight
8:20 - Washington, Virginia, Stanford, Texas, Washington State, Miami, Navy
8:30 - Ohio State, USC, Cal, Clemson, Oregon State, Notre Dame, Tulsa
Novice Eight
11:00 - Washington State
, Texas, UC-San Diego, Cal, Stanford, UC-Davis, Santa Clara
11:15 - Duke, Virginia, Pacific, USD, UCLA, Orange Coast, USC
11:30 - SMU, Washington, Kansas State, SDSU, Loyola, Sac State, Oregon State

Husky Invitational, April 6 at Montlake Cut.
Varsity Four
vs. Washington at 7:35 a.m.
Second Varsity Eight vs. Washington at 9:55 a.m.

WSU Head Coach Tammy Crawford on the San Diego Crew Classic: 'San Diego is a great race and our schedule is such that we compete against top 20 teams every weekend but one, so we are not at a loss for exciting competition. We had a decent race against Oregon State last weekend, but we were not effective in the first 500M and it cost us, certainly that is an area we are improving this week and we look forward to competing at Mission Bay this weekend.'

WSU at the San Diego Crew Classic: Last year the Crew Classic was more a swim meet than a rowing regatta, as the athletes faced extreme weather conditions that resulted in one boat finishing beneath the water, rather than above. 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 placed second 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 at the Husky Invitational: Last year 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.

What Happened Last Week: Washington State women's rowing novice squad swept its races against Oregon State in the 2nd annual Winchell Cup regatta March 30 at Wawawai Landing along the Snake River. In the novice eight race, WSU rowed a time of 6:44.2, defeating OSU's time of 6:48.0. WSU's second novice eight team captured a win with a time of 7:02.3 to OSU's 7:16.0, and in the novice four race, WSU crossed the line at 8:03.7, just ahead of OSU's 8:10.9. In the varsity eight competition, WSU's time of 6:38.2 was not enough to overcome OSU's 6:32.5. The second varsity eight fell to OSU 6:47.4 to 6:43.3, and the varsity four finished second at 7:44.5 to OSU's 7:37.6. The Winchell Cup trophy was awarded to Oregon State for the points amassed in the heavier weighted varsity race victories.

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.

In addition, Crawford was one of four up for The Everett Herald's 2001 Woman of the Year in Sports award. The nominees were chosen based on the criteria of displaying great skills through teamwork, sportsmanship, dedication and being a native of Snohomish County. The ceremony took place March 25, and though Crawford did not receive the award, she was honored to have been nominated.

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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