Two weeks ago, on Valentine’s Day weekend, the UO crew traveled to Portland to compete in the annual Tough Love Indoor Rowing Championships. The event was held at the Chiles Center at the University of Portland. In this competition, all entrants were required to row a 2k on ergs as fast as possible, and competed for prizes. Apart from our crew, rowers from Portland State, University of Portland, and other local college teams, as well as from local club teams, came and competed.
Our team did phenomenally well, with many of us placing highly overall. In the coxswain category, Kristine Kivuls placed first. In the women’s open weight category, Lily Oswald placed second, and in the women’s lightweight category Annie Gilbert and Bridget Riggs placed second and third, respectively. In the men’s lightweight category Spencer Kales, Clayton McKean, and Carson Schmidley placed first, second, and third, respectively, and in the men’s open weight category, Lucas Rondenet and Delaney Butler placed first and third, respectively, with Lucas pulling the fastest time of the entire day. For many of our novices, this was only the second 2k they had ever done, and they did very well considering this. Congratulations to our whole crew on a job well done!