Andrus Accepted to the Women's Under-23 National Team Camp

By Sara Brooks, Assistant Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6219

SALEM, ORE. -- Hilary Andrus (Sr., PORT, Chimacum, WA/Chimacum HS), a member of the Willamette University women's rowing team, has been selected to participate in the Women's Under-23 National Team Camp sponsored by U.S. Rowing. Andrus was selected specifically to be a sculling rower.

The camp will select the Open Women’s 8+ and 4x to compete at the 2010 FISA U23 World Championships scheduled for July 22-25, 2010 in Brest, Belarus. The camp also plans to select Open Women’s 2-, 4- and 2x to compete at U23 Trials June 22-25, 2010 at Mercer Lake, N.J.

Overall, 26 rowers were selected. Andrus was one of eight sculling rowers. Sixteen sweep rowers and two coxswains were selected as well.

The camp will start at the Olympic Training Center in San Diego, Calif., on June 1, 2010. The time in San Diego will be spent selecting the fastest combinations of athletes for trials boats and camp boats. The focus will be on small boats for the early part of selection.

From there, the camp will move to New Jersey to prepare for the Trials and Elite Nationals. Boats will be entered in events based on performance and coach’s discretion.

Some athletes will be cut after those events, some may be asked to join the Pre-Elite Camp training in Philadelphia, Pa., and the rest of the athletes will continue selection and training for the U-23 World Championships. Trials boats will be named after the final race at the U-23 Trials.

Andrus has been a member of the Willamette rowing team for four years. She is a team captain this season. She was a member of the women's varsity eight+ that was selected for the NCAA National Championship Regatta this past spring and placed 11th among the 16 boats involved in the Division III races. She was chosen First Team All-America by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) for the 2008-09 season.

Andrus also participated in a U.S. Rowing Pre-Elite Camp in Seattle this past summer. In addition, Andrus is a Mathematics major who studied abroad during the fall semester in 2008.

Hilary Andrus has been selected to attend the Women's Under-23 National Team Camp.

Hilary Andrus has been selected to attend the Women's Under-23 National Team Camp.