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Women's Rowing Informational Meeting Set For New Students

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 09/01/2014
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            SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University women’s rowing team is looking for students interested in trying out to be a NCAA Division I athlete for the Bulldogs.

            An informational meeting will be held for all interested students at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Herak Club Room of the McCarthey Athletic Center.

            Prospective student-athletes need no prior experience in rowing, just general athleticism, a desire to compete and represent their university at the highest level possible and an interest in exploring a new opportunity. The team is open to all full-time female students at the university.

            Rowing, unlike any other intercollegiate athletics sport, recruits from inexperienced athletes each year. At Gonzaga, our walk-on athletes are given the tools and opportunity to compete at the highest level as soon as they join the squad.

            Since the West Coast Conference added a rowing championship for women in 1997, Gonzaga has won 13 WCC championships. In 2013, Gonzaga was the first school from the WCC to earn a bid to the NCAA National Championship Regatta, and of the 25 athletes that went to the National Championship, seven were walk-on freshmen who joined the squad that season.

            In 2012, 10 of the 20 athletes competing on the United States Olympic team had walked on to their college rowing team with no previous experience. Anna Goodale, the newest addition to the Gonzaga women’s rowing staff, also walked on to her college rowing team in 2005, and went on to win a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

            “We are excited to welcome a new class of freshmen to campus,” said novice coach Kari Durgan. “Meeting interested students is the highlight of my year. Rowing has enhanced my life in ways I could not have imagined, and I am very enthusiastic about sharing that experience with our new athletes.”

            For more information about becoming a rower at Gonzaga, please contact Durgan at durgan@athletics.gonzaga.edu.

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