A Glimpse into Excellence, Tradition, and Coach Farooq’s Leadership
By Nick Gasparro
Chula Vista CA – The University of Washington Women’s Rowing Team recently wrapped up their Winter training camp at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center (CVEATC). From December 27, 2023, to January 1, 2024, 41 athletes and staff members embarked on an intensive training regimen, marking the third consecutive year the team has chosen CVEATC for their off-season preparations.
Exclusive Facilities and Immersive Experience:
During their stay, UW row utilized CVEATC’s world-class facilities. From the boat house and lake to the fully equipped gym, the team had access to everything needed for a comprehensive training experience. The athletes also enjoyed comfortable overnight stays in CVEATC’s dormitories, wholesome meals in the dining hall (offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and conducive meeting spaces for strategic planning.
Leadership at the Helm:
Guiding the team through this winter training camp is Head Coach Yasmin Farooq, a powerhouse in the world of rowing. As she enters her eighth season in charge of the UW Women’s Crew program, Coach Farooq brings a wealth of experience and a track record of success. Her leadership has led the team to two NCAA National Championships (2017 and 2019) and a finalist position in 2023. Coach Farooq’s accolades include being named the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association’s National Coach of the Year (CRCA) in the same championship seasons.
A Coach with a Storied Legacy:
Before joining UW, Coach Yasmin Farooq spent ten years as the Head Coach at Stanford University, winning the 2009 NCAA National Championship and earning the CRCA Coach of the Year award. A two-time Olympian (92’ and 96’), Coach Farooq was inducted into the National Rowing Foundation Hall of Fame in 2014.
Consistent Excellence and Aspirations:
The 2022-2023 season was another triumph for UW, reaching the NCAA Championship and securing a commendable second-place finish. Remarkably, the team has maintained an outstanding record, participating in all 26 NCAA Rowing Championships since the sport’s sanctioning in 1997. Never finishing outside the top ten, they’ve achieved top-five finishes on 17 occasions.
A Wish for the Future:
As the team gears up for the 2024 NCAA Rowing season, CVEATC extends its best wishes to The University of Washington Women’s Rowing Team. The hope is to witness the team return for another winter training camp, continuing the tradition of excellence at CVEATC.
The winter training camp at CVEATC not only serves as a testament to the dedication of the UW Women’s Rowing Team but also highlights the pivotal role of Coach Yasmin Farooq in shaping champions. As they carry the momentum forward into the upcoming season, the team’s achievements and commitment stand as a source of inspiration for aspiring athletes and rowing enthusiasts alike.
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