June 11, 2007
BOCA RATON, FL - Brittany Bowe, a world-class speed skater, came to Florida Atlantic University to play women's basketball. Her basketball career hasn't slowed her down as she claimed five individual titles at the U.S. Speed Skating Championships in Colorado Springs, CO.
The FAU sophomore set a U.S. record in the 300m and won the 1,000m on the first day of competition and the 500m on day two. Bowe used a victory at the Seoul World Inline Cup in April to build confidence for the U.S. championships, after devoting much of her time to basketball last season. During the road race portion of the competition, Bowe added a 200m title and record to her resume, taking the crown in 18.49 seconds. She also won the 500m road race in 44.424 and finished fifth in the 20,000m elimination road race.
Bowe's 300m time of 27.759 seconds broke the previous mark of 27.941, which Bowe set last year. The Ocala, FL native later broke a six-year old record in the 1,000m with a time of 1:36.729 in a preliminary heat. That mark was bested in a later heat, but Bowe would take the title in the event's final with a time of 1:39.687. Her third title came in the 500m with a time of 46.708 seconds. She also finished eighth in the 15,000m elimination and second in the points elimination.
"We're really excited that she's not only a member of our basketball program, but she's also representing the United States at a high level," said FAU Head Coach Chancellor Dugan.
Thanks to her accomplishments during the competition, Bowe was selected to the 2007 World Team, as well as the 2007 Pan American team.
As a shooting guard for FAU, Bowe appeared in 30 games, starting seven. She averaged 5.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per contest, and picked off 30 steals on the season to go with 28 assists.