Eastern Michigan Joins CAA For Rowing
"We are happy to have Eastern Michigan University join the CAA as an associate member in women's rowing," CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager said. "Women's rowing is a growing sport in collegiate athletics and we think Eastern Michigan will add to the overall strength of our conference."
The CAA has conducted a championship in women's rowing for the past four years. Eastern Michigan will join associate members Boston University and Buffalo along with Delaware, Drexel, George Mason and Northeastern to give the CAA seven conference members.
"It is certainly an honor for Eastern Michigan to become an affiliate member of the Colonial Athletic Association for women's rowing," EMU Director of Athletics Dr. Derrick Gragg said. "We are excited to be part of a great conference as well as to have the opportunity to compete for conference championships and awards. I am excited to challenge our program to reach a new level and being a part of the CAA will help us reach that goal."
Eastern Michigan has competed as an independent in women's rowing since the program began competition in the fall of 2001. EMU's home course is capable of hosting conference championships and expects to have a complete fully-buoyed course that will be ready for competition in the near future.
"Conference championships create special memories for student-athletes and coaches alike," said EMU head coach Brad Holdren. "It is wonderful for the program to finally have the opportunity to compete for a league title on an annual basis."
Northeastern has captured three of the first four CAA rowing championships, taking home the title in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Buffalo won the CAA championship in 2010.
The 2013 CAA Rowing Championship will be held May 19, 2013 at the Occoquan Reservoir in Fairfax, Va. For the first time, the CAA champion will earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.