Inaugural Championship Set For This Weekend In New York
The legacy of the 1976 Yale women's crew continues all across the world of rowing. So when the organizers of the National Schools' Championship were looking for a name for its girls varsity eight trophy, it only seemed fitting to honor the women from Yale.
"Without their sacrifice and determination to fight for women's rights, we would not have the growth in women's rowing both in the collegiate and scholastic settings," said Ann Carabillo, the crew coach at Simsbury High School in Connecticut, one of nearly 165 crews that will take part in the inaugural championships in Saratoga, N.Y., this weekend.
As a result, the fastest girls' varsity crew will receive the 1976 Yale Women's Crew Champions of Title IX Trophy.
Dismayed that the only locker room facilities at the boathouse were for men, nineteen members of the 1976 women's crew famously walked into the athletic director's office, stripped off their sweats and revealed the words "Title IX" written across their bare backs and chests. They then read a three-hundred word explanation that included the following statement "These are the bodies that Yale is exploiting." Shortly after the protest, which was the covered by The New York Times, the team was given access to showers and better facilities.
The inaugural National Schools' Championship begins Saturday and racing will run through Sunday on Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and will feature 42 events with entries from 57 clubs from 13 states.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity