Jan. 23, 2007
Worcester, Mass. - The Eastern Association of Rowing Coaches (EARC) has granted the Holy Cross men's heavyweight rowing program a two year provisional acceptance in the EARC, commonly known as the "Eastern Sprints" League. Holy Cross and George Washington University have both been awarded this provisional membership which is contingent upon the teams' competitiveness within the conference over the next two seasons. The EARC will decide on Holy Cross' permanent membership status in 2009.
"This is a tremendous step forward for the rowing program at Holy Cross," said Director of Athletics Richard Regan. "We set membership in the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges as our long term goal. Through excellent work by the coaching staff and tremendous alumni support, we're on our way to full membership."
Holy Cross will compete at the Eastern Sprints Regatta in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and freshmen eight events with league members Boston University, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Delaware, Georgetown, Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Northeastern, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Rutgers, Syracuse, Navy, Wisconsin and Yale. In the 2007 regular season, the Crusaders will take on EARC opponents Columbia, MIT, Northeastern and Rutgers in head-to-head races.
The Holy Cross men's rowing team trained in Florida during winter break (January 11-16) and will travel to Gainesville, Georgia during spring break (March 3-10) in preparation for the 2007 spring season.