Finding community in competition: women’s rowing team on the lookout for extras

Competing in any sport at the Division I level is a challenging and awe-inspiring thing to do. Many people who hope to compete at the DI level train for most of their lives. For some, however, they started competing in their freshman year of college, as extras.

On August 30 at 6 p.m., the women’s rowing team is holding a tryout briefing for the team as extras. This meeting will take place at the Beauchamp Recreation Center and will introduce people to the sport of rowing, give potential rowers information about trying out for the team, and introduce some current rowers and the benefits of joining the team.

The sport offers University of Portland students a unique chance to compete at the highest collegiate level without requiring any prior knowledge of the sport itself.

“There are Olympians who learn to row in college.” Gulliver Scott, head coach of the women’s rowing team, said: Students aren’t guaranteed a place if you take the course or keep walking, but that shouldn’t scare anyone away from trying. .

“Our trials are a little different from traditional trials because we don’t expect people to know how to row…because you’re just learning,” Scott said.

Coaches will assess people based on their attitude. The team wants to determine who will be the type of athlete they can count on and if they are ready to try something new, while wanting to be more involved in the community.

“I joined rowing because I was looking for a way to get involved on campus and something else to do,” said sophomore Phoebe Barkann, who joined the team during her first year. “I really like being active.”

Rowing is a sport that few people know about, but it is easy to master. Assistant coach Lauren Fee talked about three pillars the team has embraced. The first is self-awareness.

“It’s a really unique sport,” Fee said. “The thing is, it takes a lot of individual attention to yourself, an awareness of your body and what you’re doing and how it affects your teammates around you.” Fee said.

The next pillar is to “fill your bucket”. It’s just the idea that the amount of work you put into rowing is the amount of success you get out of it.

Finally, the third pillar is “full nerve, double stampede”.

“You just show up with a good attitude and are ready to work hard,” Fee said. “We’re going to have fun, but ‘double hustle’ means we’re also going to work hard, play hard, so we’re going to work hard and have fun.”

For anyone interested in a ‘Beginner Course’ there is a six week introduction to rowing course to learn how to work on fitness and the basics of rowing.

Although stepping on a DI sport can seem daunting, it is a way to engage with the UP community as well as pilot athletics.

“Any advice I would have would be to trust the process,” Barkann said. I feel like if you’re interested, do it because our coaches are trained to fit us into the lineup,” Barkann said.

“You just have to go out and try it,” Fee said. “And if anything, you come out of it and you’ve learned a new skill and a new sport, and you have a better appreciation for it.”

If you want to know more, attend the information meeting or contact Lauren Fee at [email protected]

Wilder Isom is the beacon sports editor, she can be contacted at [email protected]

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