May 24, 2012

Bears Team With Special Olympics at NCAA's

Coast Guard Academy and all eight Division III teams at the NCAA Rowing Championships participated in a clinic with Special Olympic Athletes this morning at Lake Mercer.

The ladies spent the time introducing the sport of rowing to the athletes and the clinic ended with a 300 meter erg competition with two rowers from each team and two Special Olympics athletes forming a team.

Coast Guard had the top two times as senior All-American Sarah Jane Otey posted the best time finishing in 58.9 seconds while sophomore Judy Hooymans had the second time of the 20 NCAA rowers finishing in 59.9 seconds.

It was an outstanding morning for both the NCAA and Special Olympic athletes who all left having made new friends while each team added a few for fans for this weekend's races.

Coast Guard will compete at 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning in a heat with Williams, NEWMAC champion, Wellesley and Puget Sound. The top two boats will advance to the Grand Final while the other two will need to race again on Friday afternoon at 3:15 p.m. for a chance at the Grand Final.

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