After a short fall season, the Pacific University women’s rowing team will open their spring season in Eureka, Calif. at the Blue Heron Redwood Sprints Regatta. Coach Karolyn Milton, who was hired just this fall and will begin her first spring season with the Boxers, is excited to get started with this new team.
“We have so many more people joining this spring than we did in the fall,” Milton said. “We have a really good Novice group.”
Milton is excited to see how the new rowers do and explained how the Novice races will help build their team’s skill.
“For rowing, in your first year of rowing of college you can row against other first year collegiate rowers in the Novice category,” Milton said. “You can get a better idea of where you are at with that.”
Milton believes the returning rowers have been great at helping their new teammates adapt to the sport.
“Everyone who was previously on the team has really stepped up. Typically you have varsity practice and you have novice practice but what I wanted to do joint practices, which means all the varsity are almost taking a step back from their training to focus on building this group of freshman up,” Milton said. “They (the Varsity team) have had to sit in boats with people that are in boat for the first time when they have been in a boat for three years. They have been great about being patient with them and being leaders and teachers in the boat.”
After this weekend in Eureka, the Boxer rowing team will travel to Dexter, Ore. for the Covered Bridge Regatta on Apr. 7. They then will head north to Lakewood, Wash. on Apr. 22 for the Northwest Conference championships.