Orange Coast College, known to its students as O.C.C., is sending a fresh rowing team to the 2017 finals and no one is more excited about the opportunity than the men making up that team. While four-year colleges are sending their best rowers, Orange Coast College, a 2-year community college, doesn’t have that pool of talent from which to draw. Instead, the college’s rowing team is made up of students new to the sport, yet eager to win.
Initially, Orange Coast College’s rowing team starts out with nearly 80 young men interested in learning this team sport, but that number dwindles, as the semester moves forward. While rowing may not seem like a very athletic sport, new applicants soon learn that rowing requires a devotion to the team concept, better than average upper body strength, and an eye for precision. By mid semester, nearly half of the team’s members have dropped out, nursing blistered hands and bruised egos.
For the rest, Orange Cost College entices them with the promise of glory at the Nationals.
Leading the O.C.C. rowing team is 22-year-old Daniel Amado and, unlike most of his teammates, Daniel does have previous rowing experience. As a former Los Alamitos High School student, Daniel participated in that school’s rowing team, until a broken disk forced him to give up the sport. This year marks his return to rowing, a sport he says conditioned him to overcome his injury, both mentally and physically.
While Amado may be alone in overcoming such significant odds to join the Orange Coast College rowing team, everyone from the team’s newest member to the coach recruited from Oklahoma City University is determined to take the title at the 2017 Nationals.
To win, Orange Cost College has to outperform on a 2,000 meter course and, while each team is given six minutes to complete the route, the winner will have to finish much sooner.
Located in Costa Mesa, California, Orange Coast College is just minutes away from some of the state’s most beautiful beaches. Founded in 1947, O.C.C. has grown to over 25,000 students per semester, making it one of the most successful community colleges in the state. The community college offers 135 majors, as well as the nation’s top public nautical programs.
Orange Coast College offers full fall, winter, spring, and summer semesters.
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