Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Crew Heads to Championship Regatta

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (5/24/11) – The University of Colorado crew team will head to the 2011 American Collegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta on Saturday and Sunday at Lake Lanier.

The men's team will be looking for their first national championship at the same course that held the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic competition. The women's rowing team won a national championship in 2009.

Colorado’s results at nationals will determine where the team will ultimately finish in the final rankings. The Buffs’ women’s varsity team finished fifth in 2010 while the men’s varsity squad finished tenth last year.

CU witnessed a coaching change midseason which resulted in Adam Swetlik becoming the program director and the new men’s head coach. Swetlik spent four years as a CU rower and was a team captain in 2010.

During nationals, the Buffaloes will once again be led by a strong women’s squad that includes four graduating seniors. One of the seniors has been invited to participate at an Olympic training camp in Oklahoma City.

Members of the Crew team are one of the most dedicated student-athletes on campus as they train five days a week at Boulder Reservoir at 6 a.m. During the winter months, the rowers continue to train indoors at CU’s rowing training facility inside the Student Recreation Center on the Boulder campus.

The CU crew team also volunteered at Boulder Reservoir last fall during the Four Mile Fire.