Oregon State rower Chen Oshri had the unique opportunity to represent her home country of Israel in the U23 World Rowing Championships from July 24-28.
She competed in the Women’s Lightweight Single Sculls, and rowed in three races over her time in Austria. Oshri represented her country and University well, finishing 15th in the U23 World Championships.
The races took place near Linz, the capital of Upper Austria, on the Danube River surrounded by the Mühl- and Traunviertel hills.
In Heat 1, Oshri got off to a solid start, holding fourth position after 500 meters. Between the 500 and 1,000-meter mark she fell behind, but ended in a three boat race for fourth. She moved through the boat from Argentina to finish in fifth place, advancing Israel to Repechage 2.
Similarly in her next race, Oshri got out to a hot start and held first place after the first 500 meters, but eventually fell off the pace, finishing fifth overall and qualifying for Final C.
In her last race, Oshri ran in third throughout, cut four seconds off the lead, and fell just short of second place. Oshri finished ahead of boats from Mexico, the United States and Sweden.
Oshri was a key contributor last season for the Beavers with time split in the stroke seat between the Varsity 4+ and Second Varsity 8 boat. Her crews notched first place finishes at Gonzaga, the Pac-12 Invite and second place at the Portland Fall Classic, Clemson Invitational and Oregon State Classic.