On April 30, 2017 the Southern Oregon University Rowing team returned to Ashland from the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in Sacramento. The Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships or WIRAs is an annual Regatta attended by schools from all over the Western United States and is often dominated by large California schools. The regatta is hosted on Lake Natoma by the Sacramento State Aquatic Center and is one of the largest regattas of the year, especially for schools on the west coast.

This year, the SOU rowing team made their debut at WIRAs and impressed spectators as the first year program was able to keep up with teams from around the west coast with well-established crew teams. The SOU Women's first novice 8 and novice 4 boats placed respectively in the middle of the pack for their petite finals. The men's novice 4 also placed among the middle of their competitors in their petite final for 12th overall. The women's second novice 8 boat raced late Sunday morning and managed a third overall bringing home the second set of medals for the team this year.

The SOU rowing team is now preparing for the American Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships later this month in Georgia where they will race against schools from all over the nation.