Andrus to Attend National Pre-Elite Rowing Camps

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University rowing co-captain Hilary Andrus (Jr., Chimacum, WA/Chimacum HS) will attend two U.S. Rowing Women's National Team Pre-Elite Camps this summer at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. The camps are tentatively scheduled to run from June 14 through Aug. 10.

The Pre-Elite Camps are designed to develop rowers who have the potential to contribute to the U.S. Women's National Team or the U.S. Under-23 Team. Each camp will include about 10 athletes, allowing the participants to receive significant individual attention. Rowers will focus on sculling and practicing in small boats (2 or 2+).

Coaches at the camp will help rowers improve techniques, while working to improve strength and fitness. Rowers at the Indiana camps will have the opportunity to race at the Independence Day Regatta, as well as Club National and the Canadian Henley. A few of the top athletes may race at Elite Nationals as well as the Under-23 Trials.

Sculling is a requirement to compete on the U.S. Women's National Team, so the camp's emphasis on sculling will be beneficial to the participating rowers. Athletes will train intensively, as they learn to compete at the elite level.

Andrus will be attending two of the three U.S. Rowing Women's National Team Pre-Elite Camps set for this summer. The other camp is tentatively slated for June 14 through July 10 at the University of California. The California camp will focus less on sculling and will have limited racing opportunities.

In addition to serving as co-captain, Andrus is 6-seat on the Willamette women's varsity eight+. The WV8+ is ranked #8 in NCAA Division III by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). Willamette is under consideration for the NCAA Division III Rowing Championships, set for May 29-31 at Cooper River in Camden, N.J.

Hilary Andrus is the co-captain of the Willamette women's rowing team.

Hilary Andrus is the co-captain of the Willamette women's rowing team.