The Paci c University rowing team is entering its third year of the program with the fall season starting off at the Lewis and Clark Charlie Brown Regatta Oct. 22.
The varsity eight posted a time of 1:09.33 and the two varsity four boats crossed the line at 3:06.42 and 3:09.43.
After taking the job in fall 2013, one year before the program would of cially begin, coach Amanda Dudley could not stress enough how much the
program has grown.
“With the administration’s help and support,
we’ve built a boathouse and a dock at Hagg Lake, purchased three new shells and two coaches boats and added two part-time assistant coaches to the staff,” Dudley said.
Dudley also said the roster is small and does not have any seniors, but adds how the positive attitude on the team is leading her to believe the 2016-17 season will be the most successful year yet.
With none of the athletes having prior rowing experience before reaching college, Dudley believes they will be competitive and have the right mindset to succeed.
Rowing is split into two seasons, with the fall
being made for endurance, winter for workouts and spring is the shorter, more sprint-style races.
In the fall, the races tend to be 5,000-6,000 meters in distance and very technical.
Dudley adds that the races include challenging turns and large elds of competitors jockeying for position.
“Strength training is vital through December,” Dudley said.
With the spring being raced in shorter 2,000-meter style, the coach said sprint training becomes a vital part of the athlete’s workout once they return from winter break in January.
The fall season has now concluded, and the team will begin training for the spring season.