In May, Washington won its first national championship in women's rowing since 2001 after sweeping all nine of its races - including all three Grand Final races - during the three-day regatta in West Windsor, New Jersey. "I don't know what else has to happen".
"We did hear from the White House about attending tomorrow's event, but we will not be able to attend", Staley said in a statement. "It's what national champions do". I haven't talked to anyone about it.
When South Carolina's invitation to Friday's White House event finally did arrive earlier this month, Staley declined it.
The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
President Donald Trump will host college sports championship teams in a reception at the White House on Friday, but the Gamecocks will not be among them.
When South Carolina defeated Mississippi State in last April's national championship game, Staley was adamant that the Gamecocks would celebrate the achievement at the White House. The Cubs also had the larger and more traditional visit with President Barack Obama in January, four days before the Trump inauguration. A team spokesman said the Tar Heels were willing to go, but the university and White House tried "eight or nine" dates and none worked. Her office promised that the invitation would come later in the fall but, by the time it did, Staley and her team were no longer interested.
He whacked a volleyball with the Ohio State men on the South Lawn, called attention to a Maryland lacrosse player wearing a Trump '16 tie and mimicked a rifle with his hands as he approached West Virginia's coed rifle team.