OSUs' JV 8+ and Freshmen 8+ boats highlight competition in front of 30,000 fans during the official opening of boating season in the Emerald City
Beavers will bring five boats to the 27th annual event, which marks the official opening of boating season in Seattle
Gabe Winkler enters his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Oregon State men's rowing program.
Winkler has quickly had an impact at Oregon State building the novice program. In his first season in 2009 on the banks of the Willamette River, Winkler's Freshman 8+ crew rowed to a 16th-place finish at the Intercollegiate Rowing Championships. In 2010, the Beavers' freshman crew moved up to a 12th-place finish and a spot in the Petite Final. In 2011 his Freshman 8+ boats secured victories against Stanford and Santa Clara, while his Novice 4 crew finished first at the NCRC Invite.
Prior to his arrival at Oregon State, Winkler, a seven-time U.S. national team member, worked two seasons as the men's lightweight coach at Rutgers University. While at Rutgers, Winkler controlled all aspects of the novice lightweight crew including the technique, training and recruiting.
"I love having Gabe on our staff," head coach Steve Todd said. "He is one of the most enthusiastic and energetic coaches out there. He gets the guys fired up and working incredibly hard."
Winkler's impressive rowing résumé includes international success in both sweep and sculling events; in both lightweight and heavyweight divisions. In 2007, Winkler won a gold, in the heavyweight 8+, and silver, in the heavyweight 4-, at the Pan-American Games. He was also part of a gold medal crew at the 2000 World Championships in the lightweight 8+.
While with the U.S. National Team, Winkler rowed at the 1998 Nation's Cup in the Under-23 lightweight 4; the 2000 FISA World Championships in the lightweight 8; the 2001 and 2002 FISA World Championships in the lightweight 4; 2004 FISA World Championships in the lightweight 8; the 2006 sculling spare; and the 2007 Pan-American Championships in the heavyweight 8 and heavyweight 4. Gabe has also captured numerous National Championships in lightweight events and a Head of the Charles Championship in the Lightweight 4+.
A 1999 graduate of Cornell, Winkler has a degree in plant science.