San Diego ZLAC Rowing Club gearing up for Charles Regatta in Boston


New Junior Women’s Crew head coach David Schary at ZLAC Rowing Club said his squad is hard at work preparing for an upcoming competition.

“We are already practicing hard for the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston,” said Schary. “We have submitted our entries to the Head of the Charles and anticipate our acceptance soon for the October 20th race.”

Beginning with this race, Schary has intentionally set up a tougher, but more rewarding Fall schedule for the team that includes Head of the American, Newport Autumn Rowing Festival, San Diego Fall Rowing Classic, Row for the Cure and the Long Beach Christmas Regatta.

“I am confident that the team will rise to the challenge and through hard work, become stronger and faster,” continued Schary. “Although I want everyone to have fun and enjoy rowing, I do hold high expectations for this season. My goal is to improve ZLAC’s rankings among the California crews and compete in the US Rowing Youth National Championships in June 2008.”

Schary, who rowed for four years at UC-Davis, was a three-time gold medallist at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships held in Sacramento. He previously coached UC San Diego’s Men’s Novice team, whose heavyweight and lightweight won bronze and silver, respectively at the WIRA Championship Regatta in April. The novice head coach for ZLAC is Dan Putnam, who has been coaching there for over four years and rowed lightweight for University of San Diego.

“I would encourage all middle and high school girls to come to ZLAC and see how much fun rowing can be,” said Putnam “It’s a competitive and team sport that is very rewarding.” ZLAC has produced three Olympic champions, as well as national team participants; top universities in the U.S., including Harvard, Princeton, Duke and USC (2007 PAC-10 women’s rowing champions) have recruited ZLAC juniors in previous years. A Kickoff Breakfast for new and returning rowers will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the ZLAC clubhouse at 1111 Pacific Beach Drive on Mission Bay. Come meet the coaches and team members and find out more about ZLAC’s rowing program.

ZLAC Rowing Club, Ltd. is located on Mission Bay in San Diego, California. ZLAC is an acronym for the names of the women who founded the club. Built on a tradition of rowing and friendship, ZLAC promotes the sport of rowing at all levels, from junior novices to competitive and recreational masters. The rowing club has provided a social focal point for its members and the community since its formation in 1892. ZLAC boasts a newly built boathouse containing a wide variety of boats and state-of-the-art training equipment and ergometers, as well as a beachfront clubhouse for club events and rentals to the public for special events or business meetings. For more information, visit the Web site or call the Boathouse at (858) 274-7826 or Clubhouse at (858) 274-0661.