NEW YORK – Ranked 19th in the nation, Columbia women's rowing will take part in the 2011 EAWRC Sprints this Sunday, May 15 in Camden County, N.J. along the Cooper River.

The Lions' varsity eight is seeded sixth in the latest EAWRC Coaches Poll heading into Sprints this weekend.  The second varsity eight is seeded ninth, the third varsity eight is seeded 10th, the varsity four A crew is 11th and the varsity four B crew is seeded fifth.

Heats will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday and finals begin at 1 p.m., based on the morning's results.  Below is Columbia's morning heat schedule:

8:20 a.m.   Third Varsity Eight
8:40 a.m. Varsity Eight
9:30 a.m. Second Varsity Eight
9:55 a.m. Varsity Four A
10:15 a.m.   Varsity Four B

The ECAC will be audio casting the EARC and EAWRC Sprints live on Sunday.  Fans can access the broadcasts live on Stretchinternet.com.  In addition, listeners without web access may tune in to the EAWRC Sprints by calling 508-534-7389.

For fans wishing to travel to the Cooper River, the finish line of the race course and parking area is near the corner of Cuthbert Blvd. and North Park Blvd. just south of Rte. 70.  Here are directions:

From the NJ Turnpike: Take Exit 4 to Route 73 North heading toward Philadelphia. Take left onto Route 38 West, then exit south on Cuthbert Blvd., just beyond exit tto Rte. 70 is North Park Blvd. and the race course.

From I-95 and Philadelphia: Go over Ben Franklin Bridge on 676 (US 30). Continue on HWY 38 heading east for 0.6 miles. Bear right on US 70 heading east for 1.1 miles to N Park Blvd.

From I-295 in New Jersey (runs parallel to NJ Turnpike): Take Route 70 West; Head south on Cuthbert Blvd. to North Park Blvd. and take right to parking area.