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Seattle Pacific athletic director Erin O’Connell was named president of USRowing’s board of directors.

O’Connell is the first female president of the USRowing board of directors since the organization was formed in 1982 by the merger of the National Association of Amateur Oarsmen, founded in 1872, and the National Women’s Rowing Association, established in the early 1960s.

O’Connell joined the USRowing board of directors in December 2010, serving as an at-large representative before taking over as women’s vice chair in 2013.

Now in her 11th year on the Seattle Pacific senior administrative staff, O’Connell was named athletic director in March 2009.

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Washington junior forward Desmond Simmons sent a tweet Friday saying he’s leaving Washington.

On his Instagram account he wrote: “Appreciate all the support I’ve received over the last four years while being a Husky. I’m very grateful for my experience. Thanks for all the love dawg fans.”

A Washington official confirmed Simmons will transfer to another school.

Simmons, a 6-foot-7 forward, was a part-time starter who battled knee injuries. He averaged 5.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 20.3 minutes while starting 10 of 22 games this season.


The game between No. 5 Washington (21-7) and No. 2 Oregon (27-4) at Howe Field in Eugene was rained out. A doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday.

• The nonconference game between San Jose State and Washington State was suspended in the top of the fifth inning in Pullman. The Spartans and Cougars are tied 4-4. The game will resume Saturday followed by the regularly scheduled game.


Host New Mexico State (19-15, 1-0) beat Seattle University 6-1 in both teams’ Western Athletic Conference opener. Karina Smyth scored for the Redhawks (11-21, 0-1) in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by Paige Bouska.

Mackenzie Hughes provided the winning hit in the opener and Kaleigh Keating had a walkoff single in the nightcap as host Western Washington swept a doubleheader from archrival Central Washington, 2-1 and 4-3 in nine innings.

WWU (15-8, 7-5 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) matched its season-high winning streak of four games.
Maria Gau went the distance in the first game for CWU (15-10, 8-6) and didn’t allow an earned run.

Men’s golf

Cheng-Tsung Pan of Washington and Blake Snyder of Washington State shot 2-under 70s and were tied for 11th after the first round of The Goodwin at Stanford Golf Course. Leader Patrick Rodgers of Stanford shot 63.

No. 19 Washington was 6 over and tied for ninth, 18 strokes behind the leader and tournament host, the No. 7 Cardinal. Washington State (8 over) was 14th.

Women’s golf

Gonzaga’s Alice Kim (72-68) had a 36-hole total of 140 to lead the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz. Gonzaga (586) was in third place, seven shots behind leader Nebraska, heading into Saturday’s final round.


Washington’s women are ranked fourth and Washington State 14th in the first USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association poll. Six of the Pac-12’s seven rowing squads are ranked in the Top 20.

UW begins the spring season Saturday with the 113th Class Day Regatta on Montlake Cut. The regatta features intrasquad competition and is the only time the athletes get the opportunity to row solely with their own class.

Men’s tennis

Washington lost 4-1 to No. 5 UCLA to open its Pac-12 season at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Michael Chamerski and Wendell Watanabe won the doubles point for the Huskies (8-8).

Women’s tennis

Host and second-ranked UCLA beat Washington State 4-0. The Cougars fell to 15-6, 1-4 Pac-12.

Track and field

Washington State junior Erin Allen finished sixth in the 400 hurdles final during the third day of the Texas Relays in Austin.


• Western Washington center Austin Bragg had six points and 10 rebounds in helping the West beat the East 121-109 at the Division II men’s basketball All-Star Game in Evansville, Ind.

From sports-information reports.

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