Rowing has been describe as an intense art form that just happens to be a sport. Just ask Steve Morris, Men’s Assistant Coach at Orange Coast College rowing team.

“It’s the aesthetic. On a nice calm morning the boat glide along, each person doing the exact same thing at the exact same time.” says Morris.

But that is in stark contrast to what actually happens out on the water. Non-stop muscle movement to the point of exhaustion and collapse is what entails in these competitions.

Orange Coast College rowing team has been in existence for more than 60 years and, during that time, they have claimed 11 national titles. The most recent title claimed was in 2016.

A purely amateur sport, rowing utilizes harmony amongst discord, order from chaos. Orange Coast College rowing team knows this at an elite level. 10 of their students have competed in world championships and the Olympics.

John Kinnear, 19-year old Orange Coast College varsity rower, explains what he gets from rowing. “There’s a greater sense of satisfaction when you win a race with teamwork.” No other sport relied so immensely on teamwork than rowing as one out of sync oar messes up the flow of the whole crew. Not one person stands out or is MVP. The team is a collective that act as one, in unity.


Orange Coast County

Located in Costa Mesa, Orange Coast College is home to more than 25,000 students each semester. It was founded in 1947 and currently ranks number 1 out of Orange County’s community colleges in the amount of students that transfers to University of California and California State University.

It offers two-year associate of art and science degrees, certifications of achievement, and lower-division classes. Orange Coast County is one of three community colleges in the Coast Community College District and is one of the top transfer institute in the county.

In addition to being accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, OCC has accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, the American Dietetic Association, and the American Dental Association.

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