CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State women's rowing team opens the fall season this Sunday at the Princeton Chase and Portland Fall Classic. These are the only races the Beavers will be competing in for the fall season and will help prepare them for their 2014 races.
The Varsity 8 boat will be headed to race on Lake Carnegie just off the campus of Princeton University in New Jersey. This is the first time in the Emily Ford era that the Beavers have competed in the Princeton Chase.
“This race has been a great incentive for the team this summer and fall," said head coach Emily Ford. "It’s a big trip for us, so we laid out a goal that the team had to achieve in order to earn the trip. It was inspiring to see the team embrace the goal and get the job done. This group will be a great representation of the efforts of the entire team so far this year.”
Crews from all over the country will be racing alongside the Beavers this weekend, including many Ivy League and other east coast universities. This competition will certainly challenge Oregon State as they compete among the most prestigious programs in the nation. The Beavers will begin racing at 8 a.m. PT.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Oregon State will take three boats (one eight-person and two four-person crews) to the Portland Fall Classic on the Willamette River. This regatta has been a staple for Oregon State women's rowing for years as they look to get an early peek at the competition for the spring season.
“The group going to Portland this weekend has a very important opportunity," Ford said. "Besides seeing many of our Pacific Northwest competitors, this will be our first look at the speed in the Pac-12 since Washington State will be there. We are eager to see what kind of progress we are making so far this fall as we gear up for another great year of fast racing in the Pac-12.”
Since the team will be 3,000 miles apart this weekend, Ford will travel with the V8 to New Jersey while novice coach Andy Foltz will lead the rest of the team up to Portland.
Meet the Beavs: Nicole Hook
Matt Derhalli of Oregon State Athletic Communications recently caught up with senior Nicole Hook to find out more about life as an Oregon State rower.
How did you first get involved in rowing?
First time I saw rowing was watching the Olympics when the Evers Swindell twins won gold in Athens. After that rowing was offered at my high school. I tried out for the school team and was hooked. I have now been rowing for 7 years.
What is your favorite part about rowing at Oregon State?
The community and overall team environment. I love the chance to push myself daily and see others push their own limits. I enjoy being apart of the pressured situations we get into and how my teammates show their dedication to each other.
If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
Cherries. I love cherries and could easily eat them every day (and you can cover them in chocolate which is an added bonus).
If you weren’t a rower, what would you do?
Hiking in the mountains, I love the outdoors and always try to find ways to get outside and explore nature.
If you had to pick an actor to star in the story of your life who would you pick and why?
Jennifer Lawrence. I like to think of myself as strong and outdoors, and a little crazy.