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.