San Diego, California - The San Diego State rowing program dedicated a boat on Saturday in honor of local rowing dignitary Martha Shumaker. The ceremony served as a gathering of local rowing enthusiasts and supporters leading up to the San Diego Crew Classic, April 5-6.

The Aztecs’ new Vespoli EM8+ was named after Shumaker as an expression of gratitude for her many years of service given to local, regional and national rowing communities. Shumaker has had a hand in the success of San Diego Crew Classic for the last forty years. Despite retiring from her position as executive director of the regatta in 2013, Shumaker will continue to assist with the 2014 event.

For her commitment to rowing and the Crew Classic, Shumaker was awarded the 2013 USRowing John. J. Carlin Service Award which is bestowed annually to an individual who has demonstrated commitment in support of rowing.

Shumaker’s involvement in the Crew Classic began in 1973 when she was hired to help publicize the event and continued over 40 years to include all collegiate crews through junior and masters rowers.

San Diego State will participate in the annual Crew Classic beginning on April 5 on Mission Bay.