Collin Griffitts
Karl Maasdam/Oregon State Athletics

Men's Rowing Athletic Communications

Beavers Head to Pac-12 Championships

CORVALLIS. Ore. – The No. 20 Oregon State men's rowing team makes its way to Gold River, Calif. along the shores of Lake Natoma for the Pac-12 Championship regatta. Four OSU crews will race on Sunday including the Varsity 8, Junior Varsity 8, Third Varsity 8 and Freshman 8.

“Our boats have been getting better and better over the course of the season,” head coach Gabe Winkler said. “These crews are ready to race their best races at the Pac-12 Championships and we are excited for it to come together on Sunday.”

9:30 a.m. – Novice 8
10:00 a.m. – Third Varsity 8
10:30 a.m. – Junior Varsity 8
11:00 a.m. – Varsity 8
11:45 a.m. – Awards Presentation

COURSE & VIEWING: Lake Natoma is located in the metropolitan Sacramento area, near the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is fed by the snowmelt, by the American River and is a year-round, multi-use recreational area. The racecourse is a world-class facility for rowing, kayaking, canoeing and other water sports. The facility is run by the Sacramento State Aquatic Center and the California State Parks and Recreation.

RESULTS: : Live results will be available at A complete recap of OSU's racing results will be posted at following the regatta. Follow the action via the Oregon State rowing Twitter account (@BeaverRowing).

With the Beavers heading to Pac-12 Championships we take a closer look at Collin Griffitts, a senior from Dana Point, Calif., majoring in Speech Communication.

What do you want to do after you graduate from Oregon State?
“Start my internship at a design/build firm and someday start my own company.”

Why did you choose to attend Oregon State?
“I chose to come to Oregon State because of the balanced academic and athletic reputation. When I visited I was impressed by the rowing program and saw what the campus had to offer and I knew it would be a great fit.”

What do you like best about your teammates?
“The thing I enjoy most about my teammates is the positivity. We're here every day to refine our skills and having a positive attitude around the boathouse makes getting better that much easier.”

What do you like best about your coaches?
“My favorite thing about our coaches is their attitudes. They've both had successful careers in rowing and it feels like we are being trained by top tier athletes who have 'been there and done that.' They are as competitive as we are, so it gives us even more of a reason to lay it all out come race day.”

What do you like best about Corvallis?
“The best part of Corvallis is the seasons. Southern California doesn't have seasons like Oregon, so seeing the leaves change to those bright fall colors all along the river and then months later, seeing those same trees bloom in spring is pretty awesome.”

What is your best athletic achievement to date?
“My best athletic achievement would have to be this year's personal record 2k on the erg. It's a number that I have been tracking since I first started rowing and seeing the seconds fall off, especially this year after all the training and hard work we've done is hugely rewarding.”

What do you prefer head races or head to head races and why?
“Head to head races are the best. It's just a drag race. The fastest you can go from here to there in a straight line and there is nothing they can do to slow you down. It's so simple but the power and strategy is where things get interesting.”

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