Orange County College, a community college south of Los Angeles, California, is aiming for their 12th National Title for rowing in Lake Lanier, Georgia. Rowing is a sport that requires strength, endurance and coordination – a group of nine people must work as one to find the best rhythm and row at a greater speed.
Students who are part of the Orange County College rowing team have been practicing for months at the Newport Harbor, forging discipline and friendship among others in the team. They are passionate to bring the crown home, overcoming any challenge that they are encountering along the way.
Steve Morris, the men’s team assistant coach, have been dedicating his life to train the rowing team members. He has been doing it for years, aiming to win every championship that the school is a part of. He stopped being a coach after the 1990s, when conflicts between his family and day job arose.
But then, his family soon discovered how passionate he really is with the sport, and now he is back on track. Just last year, Orange County College won the national rowing competition, and Steve Morris is dedicated to make the school a back-to-back champion. Learn more about Orange Coast College: https://www.niche.com/colleges/orange-coast-college/ and http://orangecoast.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/BNCBHomePage?storeId=85236&catalogId=10001&langId=-1
Orange County College has produced rowing champions through the years, with ten of its students competing in global competitions, as well as the Olympics. They are being disciplined as they enter the rowing team, making sure that they will be balancing their academics and athletics equally.
According to Cameron Brown, the current men’s rowing team coach, students who are part of the rowing varsity even continues their studies on top American universities after graduating from the county college, with some even receiving scholarships.
However, entering the varsity team is not as easy as someone thinks. In the start of the year, 80 male students sign up. 20 hours per week of training must be completed, and after undergoing rigorous challenges, many walks out. Only the toughest and the most dedicated remain, being officially part of the team.
Orange County College is aiming to be this year’s champion, competing against 40 other schools, with four of them being universities that trained much longer than that of the county college.