Cougars Head East To Face No. 25 Clemson

April 25, 2002

What's Happening This Week: Washington State women's rowing heads east to face No. 25 Clemson, No. 17 Oregon State, Duke, and Tennessee at Clemson Saturday, April 27. The Cougars varsity eight boat, ranked No. 14 in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll, will take on the Division I No. 25 Clemson and No. 17 OSU ranked varsity eight squads.

Head Coach Tammy Crawford On This Weekend's Regatta: 'In the varsity eight-event we are excited to race Oregon State and avenge our loss to them one month ago. It's funny that both crews are traveling all the way to South Carolina to compete. Clemson, Duke, and Tennessee will offer additional incentive for strong competition.

Our second varsity eight did not have the opportunity to race at San Diego earlier this month, so this is a regatta for them to compete against crews from out of the region. I am confident this eight has become faster in recent weeks, they are having fun, and they are fired up about competing. Clemson and Duke were recently defeated by Virginia, so a successful race by us will be important to all the west coast crews.

The varsity four will be competing in its first major regatta of the season. This group has not raced against many other crews, but selection for the boat has been intense and this line up is eager to get on the water and compete.'

What Happened Last Week: Washington State women's rowing team swept all races against UC-Davis Saturday at Silver Lake near Spokane. In the varsity eight race, the No. 14 ranked WSU squad crossed the line at 6:48.2 to Davis's 7:05.9 and the second varsity eight followed suit with a time of 7:07.1 to the Aggies 7:21.9. The Cougar novice eight squad remains undefeated on the season, cutting through the water at 7:02.3 to the Aggies 7:11.9. On the season, the novice squad has won six consecutive races against other novice eights.

USRowing/CRCA Coaches Poll: The Cougars were ranked 14th last week before competing against the No. 1 ranked Division II UC-Davis Aggies last weekend. With the successful races by the varsity eight squad, WSU stayed at No. 14 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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