October 17, 2006

Four Boston Area Schools to Honor Rowing Pioneer

Oct. 17, 2006

BOSTON, Mass. - MIT is one of four area colleges honoring women's rowing pioneer Ernestine Bayer with the dedication of four racing shells in her name this weekend.

The Women's Rowing Teams of Boston University, MIT, Northeastern and Radcliffe have collaborated to dedicate four new racing shells all to be named after Ernestine Bayer, considered "The Mother of Women's Rowing". Bayer died at the age of 97 on September 10, 2006.

The Boat Dedication will take place on Saturday October 21 at 5:00pm at the Boston University De Wolfe Boathouse, 617 Memorial Drive, Cambridge.

A true legend in the sport of rowing, Bayer was a world leader in introducing women to the sport of rowing. Her name is recognizable around the world for her achievement and advancement of women's competitive rowing. Her pioneering efforts made it possible for women to row at the club, college and international level. She was instrumental in women's rowing events being added to the Olympic Games in 1976.

Bayer received every award given by the National Rowing Association, including the first United States Gold rowing medal and Coach of the Year. She was a member of the first Women's Rowing Olympic Committee, was the first women inducted into the Rowing Hall of Fame and one of rowing's "10 Most Influential People of the Century."

The Women's Rowing Teams of Boston University, MIT, Northeastern and Radcliffe are pleased to honor Ernestine Bayer by dedicating four boats simultaneously in her name. American rowing would not be where it is today, with countless opportunities and resources available for women of all ages and abilities, if it were not for all the hard won victories Bayer spearheaded.