Women's Lightweight Rowing Added As A Varsity Sport

Aug. 15, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford University Athletic Department announced today the addition of women's lightweight rowing as an 'emerging' sport in 2001-02 and a full varsity sport for the 2002-03 academic year.

The announcement by Athletic Director Ted Leland now gives the Stanford Athletic Department 34 intercollegiate varsity sports, of which 18 are women's programs. With the latest addition, Stanford has now added four varsity women's sports in the last eight years, including synchronized swimming in 1993-94, lacrosse in 1994-95 and water polo in 1995-96.

'We are convinced of the tremendous interest on our campus for women's lightweight rowing,' Leland said. 'We are excited to add it as our 34th intercollegiate program. Our plan is to have the program in place as a varsity sport for the 2002-03 season and use the 2001-02 season as a transitional year.'

The program will be coached by Al Acosta, who has led the highly successful Oakland Strokes club program since 1994. Acosta coached the Strokes' novice women in 1994, varsity women in 1995 and men's varsity since 1996. In 2000, Acosta coached the Strokes' men's lightweight eight to a second place finish at nationals, as well as first place finishes in both the lightweight eight and junior varsity four at the state championship level. Acosta competed at both UC Santa Barbara and the University of California.

The Cardinal lightweight squad will compete against regional rivals California and UC Davis, among others, as well participating in events such as the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic and the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships.

Women's lightweight rowing made its debut as an Olympic sport in 1996 in Atlanta with the double scull event. Lightweight rowing has also been deemed as an 'emerging sport' by the NCAA.


Stanford University - Announced that it will add women's lightweight rowing as a varsity sport. Named Al Acosta head women's lightweight rowing coach.

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