CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State women's rowing team spent Saturday morning on the chilly waters of the Willamette River competing in the annual Orange and Black scrimmage. Freshmen from the Men's team also participated, and the crews were evenly divided into two teams: half orange, half black.
The head race included the Women's 8, Men's 8, Women's 4+, Women's 2-, and Mixed 8. The first boat to cross the finish line was the pair of Jessica Stewart and Nicole Hook. They utilized their experience to pass the boats in front of them and earn their first place finish.
When it was all said and done, the Orange team stormed to victory, winning decisively over the Black team 70-47. The Orange crews prevailed in every race except for the Women's 8 which the Black team was able to claim. An orange flag will now hang in the boathouse for a year as a prize to the winners of the scrimmage.
“It was a fun, spirited day of racing on the Willamette," said head coach Emily Ford. "Towards the finish we had 14 boats fighting for the line. It was a spectacle! I want to give a big thanks to the parents and fans that lined the shore to cheer us on. This is a great opportunity for us to showcase what we do to the community so it was great to have the support.”
Women's rowing will return to racing in the spring, starting their season in Pullman, Washington against the Washington State Cougars.
Meet the Beavs: Alissa Kummer
Matt Derhalli of Oregon State Athletic Communications recently caught up with Junior Alissa Kummer to find out more about life as an Oregon State rower.
How did you first get involved in rowing?
I walked onto the team my freshman year, after talking to the walk-on coach over the summer a bit, and learned how to row from the ground up.
What is your favorite part about rowing at Oregon State?
We are a family here, and together we push each other and this program towards excellence.
If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
Rice, with pretty much anything on it. Rice goes with anything and makes it delicious.
What was it about Oregon State that sealed the deal?
I visited the campus and decided to attend without knowing about rowing yet, and it was definitely the really comfortable campus atmosphere that sold me.
If you weren’t a rower, what would you do?
Probably playing club soccer, or trying to learn water polo.