June 8, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville will construct a new 14,000 square feet boathouse at Louisville's Waterfront Park, located on the banks of the Ohio River near downtown Louisville.
The $2.65 million facility, which will be paid for through private donations, will be built by Koetter Construction. The building will feature locker rooms, offices, a deck which overlooks the Ohio River and the Louisville skyline, new riverside docks, and indoor training facilities with 40 ergometers (indoor rowing machines) and two 60 x 9 feet rowing tanks, which will contain nearly 25,000 gallons of water. It will be located just west of the Brown Forman Amphitheatre on the riverfront.
"It's a great day not only for our rowing program, but for young women athletes throughout the state of Kentucky as well," said Tom Jurich, U of L's Vice-President and Director of Athletics. "With 20 full scholarships awarded annually, rowing provides more financial aid opportunities for young women than any other NCAA sport while encouraging many walk-ons and novice rowers. We have had great success and we want to continue to grow and prosper our rowing program to be at the top of the BIG EAST Conference."
"We could not be more excited about the construction and completion of the new boathouse," sad U of L rowing head coach Laura Aubrey. "The new facility will have absolutely everything we need and will be one of the best training facilities for rowing in the country. It will play a critical role in the continued development and success of our program, which will allow us to further develop our rowers at the elite level while also contributing to the recruitment of top-level athletes."
The U of L rowing program began competition in the fall of 1999 and since then, the Cardinals have emerged as a consistent top 20 program nationally. During its 11 seasons of competition, Louisville rowing has produced three Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-Americans, 21 CRCA All-Region honorees and 52 CRCA Scholar-Athletes.
In 2006, the Cardinals competed in their first ever conference championship regatta at the BIG EAST Championship. U of L won its first BIG EAST title in 2009 with a varsity eight championship in Pennsauken, N.J. Louisville has also finished in the top five in its region in five of the last six seasons.