Last weekend, the Oregon crew traveled down to Sacramento, California for the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association championship regatta. It was a very successful weekend for the whole team! All boats qualified for finals, with the women’s varsity 4+, the women’s novice 4+, the men’s heavyweight varsity 4+, the men’s novice 4+, and the men’s pair competing in petite finals, and the women’s novice 8+ and the men’s varsity lightweight 4+ competing in the grand finals. Most notable were the two boats in grand finals, the women’s novice 8+, which took 5th place, and the men’s varsity lightweight 4+, which also took 5th place; however, in petite finals, the men’s pair took 3rd, the varsity heavyweight men’s 4+ took 4th, the women’s varsity 4+ took 2nd, 3rd, and the novice 4+ took 7th. This was the first WIRAs in several years at which we had boats qualify for grand finals. All in all, it was a great end to the season for most of the team. However, for some of us, the season is not yet over! The mens’ varsity light weight 4+ and heavy weight 4+, the women’s varsity 4+, and the women’s novice 8+ will be travelling to Gainesville, Georgia at the end of this month to compete in the American Collegiate Rowing Association championships. This is a very exciting opportunity, and the boats going are expected to perform very highly. Our team has also recently elected new leadership positions! Congratulations to Ruoxi He for being elected to be the new rowing club present, and congratulations to Katie Budekke and Spencer Kales for being elected to be our new women’s and men’s team captains; however, these are just a few of the important roles that were filled that make the team run smoothly). We are expecting great things for next year, from them and from the rest of the team.
Last weekend, the Oregon crew competed in the NCRC Invitational in Vancouver, Washington. Most notably, the varsity men’s eight took second place out of four entries in their event, and the women’s varsity four took third out of five entries. However, all crews performed well, with the novice women’s eights taking second and third place, the novice men’s fours taking third and fourth place, the varsity women’s eight taking third place, and the varsity men’s fours taking fourth and second places respectively in two separate heats. It was a good weekend for almost everyone, especially considering that it was only the second competition of the season.
This weekend, the team will be competing in the Covered Bridge Regatta, hosted by the OAR masters rowing club, at Dexter Lake in Lowell, Oregon, which is their home course. We will be competing against many of the same crews that we have in the past two weekends in this event, and it will be highly competitive. The Oregon crew will be racing a varsity men’s eight, a varsity women’s eight, two varsity men’s fours and a varsity women’s four, a novice men’s four and a novice women’s four, a JV women’s four, two novice women’s eights, and a novice men’s eight. Everyone is expected to do well.
The Oregon Crew spent their Spring Break living in Lowell, Oregon, for spring training. During training, the team had two rigorous water practices per day, which were spent perfecting what we had been working on in practice during winter term and preparing for competition season. On Saturday at the end of the week, we traveled up to Tacoma, Washington, and endured very cold temperatures and rough weather to compete in our first race, the Daffodil Cup Regatta at Lake America, in which we raced a varsity men’s eight, a varsity women’s eight, a novice men’s eight, and a novice women’s eight.
This Saturday, the team will travel to Vancouver Lake, Washing, to compete in the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Invite. Our race lineup will include a varsity men’s eight, a varsity women’s four, two novice women’s eights, and two novice men’s fours.
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And some pics…Thanks to John Rudoff for taking them!