No. 15 Cougars Face Off Against No. 1 Washington at Montlake Cut

April 10, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. - - What's Happening This Week: Washington State women's rowing will face Washington and the varsity eight boat of Wisconsin Saturday, April 13 at Montlake Cut, near Seattle. The Cougars varsity eight boat, ranked No. 15 in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll, will have the opportunity to row against two nationally ranked varsity eights in top ranked Washington and No. 25 Wisconsin. The Cougars will be competing against Washington for the second weekend in a row after racing the Huskies at both the San Diego Crew Classic and Husky Invitational, April 6.

WSU Head Coach Tammy Crawford on this Weekend's Regatta: 'Our Main focus is to improve our break speed and get off the line quicker. Our goal is to beat Wisconsin and compete with Washington's crew.'

What Happened Last Week: In the women's novice Grand Final at the San Diego Crew Classic April 7, WSU captured first place with a time of 6:59.2. The novice boat defeated the best the Classic had to offer, as perennial nationally ranked schools Washington, California, and Virginia fell behind at the end. The victory earned WSU the Sea World San Diego Trophy. The varsity eight took to the water in its first Jessop-Whittier Cup Grand Final in two years. WSU crossed the finish line in seventh at 6:39.79, but was nearly 13 seconds faster than the April 6 competition.

WSU women's rowing was also competing in Seattle, April 6 as the second varsity eight and varsity four rowed Saturday at the Husky invitational at Montlake Cut. WSU's second varsity eight boat crossed the line at 6:38.0, beating Washington by nearly four seconds, and taking first place in its race. In the varsity four race, WSU took second place with a time of 7:55.0, just behind the Huskies 7:52.0.

CRCA Coaches Poll: The Cougars were ranked 23rd last week before competing in the San Diego Crew Classic last weekend. With the successful races by the varsity eight squad, WSU climbed eight spots to No. 15 going into this weekend's competition.

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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