ROWING AT PRINCETON
On the shore of Lake Carnegie, the Shea Rowing Center holds “as happy a family as there is,” according to men’s heavyweight crew coach Greg Hughes. That family includes the four components of Princeton’s crew: the heavyweight men’s crew, the lightweight men’s crew, the women’s open crew and the women’s lightweight crew. All told, nearly 190 student athletes train at the Princeton boathouse, making the rowing program the largest varsity program at the university.
“There’s a very friendly atmosphere in the boathouse; people work together,” says Danika Harris ’95, a world champion and member of the Tigers’ 1994 and 1995 women’s national championship teams. “At other schools, there are politics of various kinds. It might be animosity between the men’s and women’s teams or between the heavyweight and lightweight teams or competition for places in a varsity boat. Here, everyone respects one another.”
The recent success of all four Princeton crews has encouraged rowing alumni and the university administration to expand the role of rowing on campus. In 2000, an $8 million renovation and expansion to the boathouse was completed and the facility now provides the almost 190 athletes with spacious locker rooms, two erg rooms, a weight room complete with professional weight-lifting equipment, seven boat bays, and a jet-propelled, sixteen-person indoor rowing tank.
Lake Carnegie, situated on the eastern edge of campus, is perhaps the best stretch of water for rowing in the country. Measuring just over three miles in length, the lake a has marked and buoyed 2000-meter course. For more about the rowing facilities go to the facilities page.
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