Crew: Fall Season

Crew: Fall Season

Eva Lucchino '15, Assistant Editor

Rowers, unlike many other athletes, have to practice long and hard for an entire year before competing at Nationals, the team’s most challenging and prestigious regatta. That, however,  doesn’t deter the many committed individuals, who wake up at 4:30 in the morning three times a week in order to go to crew practice, from taking part. (I don’t know about you, but I’d call that dedication.)  While the fall chill forces most to huddle in comfy sweatshirts and cozy up next to warm fires, the OC Crew team practices on the Mon’ river, in the weight room, or, occasionally, on the J Building stairs.

For the upcoming fall season, the team is focused on training the novices for competition, building up their stamina and facilitating team cohesiveness.  This year, the OC crew team will compete in Boston, MA; Fairfax Station, VA; Columbus, OH; and Millvale, PA during the fall season alone!

A new season isn’t all butterflies and daffodils, though, for the team lost nine graduating seniors this past year. Accordingly, there will be “a scarcity of numbers” and a different team dynamic, said senior captains, Christina Moody and Julianna Fellowes. However, the captains adamantly stated that they still want and expect the team to “qualify for SRAAs (Scholastic Rowing Association of America) National Championship next year.”  This road will not be easy, since it requires establishing the team as a consistent, prominent competitor in all of the races in addition to placing at least fourth at the Midwest Championship in the spring.

Fortunately, the team is up to face the challenge!  The entire Oakland Catholic community wishes them luck as they attempt to meet and exceed all of their goals for the year!