The Orange Coast College rowers are preparing for the American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta 2017. This will be organized on 27th & 28th May in Gainesville, GA. Learn more about Orange Coast College: http://www.occsailing.com/ and http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/campusRatings.jsp?sid=2623
They are practicing at the boathouse that is located in Newport Beach. It starts with a morning workout that is done in Newport Bay. The crew assistant coach is Steve Morris. Then they row for 2000 meters in Newport Bay.
It is quite clear that they are putting in a lot of effort. They are sweating, and their muscles are aching as their 60-foot yellow boat is cutting through the water. The average speed presently is about 25 miles an hour. Besides, all these Orange Coast College students are highly excited as they practice in their carbon fiber boat for the competition.
After all, rowing is a sport that is a combination of power and grace besides unity. The Orange Coast College is not very well-known today. It is leaving Orange County on May 25 in order to compete in the Nationals that will be held at Lake Lanier, Ga. The excitement of the students indicates the innate competitive spirit in them that is going to help them in moving forward.
The captain of this team is Daniel Amado. He is 22 years old. He is a graduate of the Los Alamitos High School. He used to row there. This is where he broke his disk in the back. He returned to the sport only a year back!
He states that rowing has made him so strong that he was able to bounce back. He is planning to join back his team at the University of Washington. He talks about the physical as well as mental skills that are gained by this game that is able to allow you to overcome almost anything in your life.
Steve Morris is the assistant coach who leaves his house at 5.30 a.m. to drive six days a week from Rancho Santa Margarita to the Newport Harbor. He starts the practice at 6:30 a.m. sharp. This is why he makes sure that he arrives early. This sport has become a part of his DNA now. He says that he likes the aesthetics and the rhythm of this sport as each person has to do the exact thing at the exact time. He is a former student of Orange Coast College.
The Orange Coast College boathouse is known as the David A. Grant Collegiate Rowing Center. It is lined with neatly stacked gleaming boats. These are expensive boats as many of them cost as much as $55,000. The walls are lined with red and white national title flags. Besides, there are photos of the previous teams displayed here to take people back in time.
The Orange Coast College was born 60 years ago. Since then, it has earned 11 national titles. This includes the one earned last year too.