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Bogus Megapardus

New Training Facility for Rowing

According to this article the college is planning a new 4,000 sq. ft. training facility for the rowing crew at Metzgar.  This is the first I've heard.

Is this a move to elevate either the women's or the men's crew to varsity status?

http://www.wfmz.com/news/news-reg...training-center-in-forks/27368778
Lafalum

They should. The rowing team applied several years ago and Rothkopf torpedoed it. (pun intended)
seenalot

Oh thank God....    Why not use the old Case Tire site - can float the boats right over to the Delaware in a flood.
Bogus Megapardus

Technically the mens crew already is as "varsity" as they'll get because the NCAA does not sponsor mens rowing as an official sport (thank Harvard and Yale for that). All college mens rowing crews technically are club teams and there is no distinction among Divisions I, II or III.

The NCAA does, however, sponsor womens rowing.  Lafayette does not participate, though.  We should.
bison137

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
Technically the mens crew already is as "varsity" as they'll get because the NCAA does not sponsor mens rowing as an official sport (thank Harvard and Yale for that). All college mens rowing crews technically are club teams and there is no distinction among Divisions I, II or III.

The NCAA does, however, sponsor womens rowing.  Lafayette does not participate, though.  We should.



True, the NCAA does not sponsor men's rowing and the organization is not all that clear, but I think there is some distinction between club and varsity.

Generally the colleges that have teams competing in the IRA (Intercollegiate Rowing Association) are considered to be "varsity" squads.  They include the Ivy's,  Cal, Wisconsin, and a number of others including three from the PL (HC, Navy, Colgate, and Boston U).  All of these schools (including Boston U, Colgate, Navy, and HC) list their teams as varsity sports, and this group all competes in the IRA National Championship  

Those in the ACRA (American Club Rowing Association) are all officially club teams, none of which show up on their schools' list of varsity sports.   Among the teams competing nationally at this level are a lot of the big BCS-Conference schools and also Bucknell.     The ACRA has its own separate college championships, held this year in Georgia.   I think Bucknell was the only PL school to compete in these championships, but Army, Lafayette, Lehigh, and American all are ACRA members.
Bogus Megapardus

Does anybody have any kind of additional confirmation on the Metzgar rowing facility?
pardfan

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
Does anybody have any kind of additional confirmation on the Metzgar rowing facility?

Some alum was willing to donate half the money for the facility.  They were seeking additional funds.  I told them that, in light of the drunk driver hitting the coed and the less-than-terrific Quonset down there now,  they should approach this top down not bottom up. Commit to the Lehigh River area in terms of facilities.  Oh, well. The rowing club is the largest club on campus so I guess they had to do something for them.  This is the cheapest and easiest way out.  (By the way, there is a shell named after Mrs. Rothkopf down there.)  But who wants to go out to Metzgar to use (basically) exercise equipment?  I can understand a batting facility out there.  Metzgar is where they put everything anymore.  There's even a room where the ice hockey club stores its stuff.  Last yr they put the stuff on the floor.  I think they made benches over the summer.  If you donate $10 million, there's a spot for your building in the sardine can (campus).  Any less and you're headed for Metzgar.
2012Pard

I was thinking that it might be a reaction to the girl who got hit by a drunk driver along Lehigh Drive last year.  Her parents are suing the college and coaches for allegedly downplaying the risk of walking along that street.

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/e...mily_of_lafayette_college_fr.html

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