This year's Spring Break was an eventful week for the newly established SOU rowing team. After a long week of spring training at Lake Shasta, the first-year club traveled to San Diego to compete in the Crew Classic. At this regatta, two novice women's boats competed in their first ever races. The San Diego Crew Classic is an annual regatta where universities and clubs from all over the nation complete 2000 meter races in 8 person rowing shells.

Many schools with renowned rowing teams such as Yale, Stanford, Berkeley and Washington also made the trip down to San Diego making this one of the largest rowing events of the year. The SOU women's boats raced their heats late Saturday morning against other crews from schools including Humboldt State, Davis, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Orange Coast College, and Colorado State.

While the women's team did not advance to the grand final, the SOU novice boat did manage an impressive time of 7:30 in their petite finale, placing them third best in times overall for their division. As of now the team is back in Ashland diligently training for the upcoming Covered Bridge Regatta in Eugene on April 15th where they believe their hard work and training will pay off.

by Jake Rivas - Student
April 13th, 2017