CORVALLIS, Ore. –
The Oregon State rowing programs concluded the fall schedule Saturday morning with the annual Orange and Black Regatta on the Willamette River at the OSU Boathouse.
"It is a great event," OSU women's rowing head coach Emily Ford
said. "The racing went well. It is a lot of fun to see so many alumni back and to have the community come out. It is such a great way for us to showcase the sport of rowing to Corvallis."
The Beavers divided up into two different teams - orange and black - with crews from the black team claiming victory over the orange.
"It was good to see so many different boats out on the Willamette," men's head coach Gabe Winkler
said. "It was a lot of fun and we saw some good racing from the Beavs."
OSU rowing alum and Rio Olympian, Devery Karz was in attendance and concluded the festivities with an encouraging speech about her time at Oregon State and in the Olympics.
"I am really excited to be back," Karz said. "I haven't been able to be back in four years. Every time something is going on with Oregon State rowing, something was going on for the Nationals team. It is so nice to be back with the coaches, program and to see the new facilities."
Karz touched on her experience in the Varsity 8 as a sophomore at Pac-10 Championships and eventually on to NCAA Championships.
"There were no expectations on our shoulders and nothing was going to hold us back. We were down by a lot, in sixth place. But there was a feeling in the boat and we just started walking one boat down at a time and like an engine we just went. I've kept that experience and I've kept that feeling."
After Karz's career at Oregon State concluded following the 2011 season, she went on to train with the U.S. national team. In 2015, she helped to qualify the Lightweight 2x for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and eventually secured a spot in the boat that would represent the U.S. at the 2016 Games. The American LW2x finished 10th overall in Rio.
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