"The County of Mercer and particularly our Park Commission is thrilled to be hosting the MAAC Tennis and Rowing Championships at Mercer County Park. We are honored to be partnering with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to have the unique opportunity to host two conference championship events in our park on the same weekend," said Kevin Bannon, Mercer County Park's Executive Director.
As the official training site for this year's U.S. Olympic Rowing teams, Lake Mercer has been home to the MAAC Men and Women's Rowing Championships since 2005. In addition, the site will serve as the location for the 2012 NCAA Men and Women's Rowing Championships, which will be held from May 25-27, hosted by the MAAC and Rider University.
"With the MAAC earning automatic qualification to the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships beginning in 2013, we are pleased to continue hosting the MAAC Championships at a championship-caliber course," explained the MAAC's Rowing Chair and Iona College Senior Associate Athletic Director, Jamie Fogarty. "Lake Mercer and the MAAC's role as host of the 2012 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships are great additions to the growth of women's rowing throughout the conference."
The change in date of the MAAC Rowing Championship will move the event a weekend closer to the NCAA Women's Rowing Championship selection date.