Aztec Crew Athlete Qualifies for World Indoor Rowing Championship

Feb. 14, 2000

SAN DIEGO -

San Diego State's Sara Russell, a senior on the Aztec crew team, qualified last week for the World Indoor Rowing Championship. Russell is one of 20 qualifiers from the United States who will travel to Boston, Mass., to compete at the World Indoor Rowing Championship on Sunday, Feb. 20.

The Point Loma High School product earned a trip to compete in the event by posting a time of 7:26.1 in the 2000 meters on the rowing ergometer at the Golden State Indoor Rowing Championship in Sacramento, Calif. She beat the qualifying time by two seconds.

"Sara did this on her own," said women's crew head coach Scott Steckel. "She trained over the winter break, entered the event and won. It show great dedication and desire on her part."

The World Indoor Rowing Championship is held annually and host over 3,000 competitors from around the world on a network of over 100 ergometers.

The format of indoor rowing is to race athletes on rowing machines, called ergometers, that are connected via a computer. The athletes can see their progress on large monitors that show computerized boats representing each competitor position in the race.

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