Rowing Team has a handle on the competition

Successful students on the rowing team pose for a photo. In July, the Women's U17 4x team took home their first national medal at the Club Nationals in Bethel, Ohio. George Bolmida (9) said, “Rowing is putting your full effort together to achieve a common goal as a team.” Photo Contributed By Greater Dayton Rowing Association

Successful students on the rowing team pose for a photo. In July, the Women’s U17 4x team took home their first national medal at the Club Nationals in Bethel, Ohio. George Bolmida (9) said, “Rowing is putting your full effort together to achieve a common goal as a team.”
Photo Contributed By Greater Dayton Rowing Association

While Oakwood doesn’t have an official rowing team, 16 students from Oakwood row for the Greater Dayton Rowing Association.

The Greater Dayton Rowing Association began its program in 1994 and it’s been going strong ever since. The team is led by head coach Abby Beach who began to coach the team fall 2014.

I like to think rowing is blissful peace and stinging chaos combined, and usually within the same breath.  It’s a home for the athletic individual that doesn’t like sports, or doesn’t seem to fit in with the normal jocks. It takes a certain kind of person, because rowing is a different kind of sport. It’s an opportunity to forget the world while fighting against it and working with it!” Beach said.

Over the years the question has been raised of whether rowing should be a school sport or not.

“[I think Rowing should be] a school sport because it would allow more people to get involved,” Emilee Koenig (11) said.

However, if rowing was to be a team sport, there may be downfalls.

I think it should totally be a school sport … although too many new rowers wouldn’t be great,” George Bolmida (9) said.

Having a huge influx of new members may hurt the team in the short term, because of training and new equipment. Some people such as Leo Vanderburg have mixed feelings on the topic.

“I think that it would be great if rowing became a school sport … Oakwood students could get a varsity letter in it. It would also be nice to have rowing be a school sport because support for rowing would undoubtedly increase at the local level. However, I don’t think schools should have individual rowing teams. There really isn’t enough space in Dayton for new rowing teams to be popping up everywhere,” Vanderburgh (11) said.

Athletic Director Joy Manning echoes the concerns of the rowers.

Manning said “[Rowing is] not an NCAA sport and there are no schools in the surrounding area to compete against; that’s two reasons why rowing could never be a school sport.”

Anyone interested in rowing for The Greater Dayton Rowing Association should pick up information in the Oakwood High School athletic office.

By Ian Campbell

Campbell.ian@oakwoodschools.org

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One Response to “Rowing Team has a handle on the competition”
  1. Adam Koenig ;P says:

    My sister made the paper!!! :p

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