Elite Alexandria Rowing Team Leaves Competition Dead in the Water at Occoquan Challenge

Girls 1V ODBC team takes home gold at Occoquan Challenge. (Photo courtesy Jessica Wehrman)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Alexandria’s Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC) select rowing team had a strong showing at the Occoquan Challenge regatta Oct. 10. The women’s first varsity eight team and freshman girls’ teams won their respective races.

The women’s first varsity eight beat six other boats with a 16:17.42 time on a tricky, two-mile race, which features a quarter-mile long, 180 degree turn. The women’s second varsity eight came in fourth in that race, posting a 16:55.8 time.

The freshman women’s eight, competing against the William and Mary club team, also came in first with a 17:47.4 time. And the men’s freshman came in second behind William and Mary College with a 16:30.43 time.

Men’s Lower Junior Eight 3V and 4V teams came in third and fifth in their race with 16:06.77 and 16:20.02 times, respectively. The men’s 1V came in 6th in their race with a 15:19.65 time, and the men’s 2V came in 9th with a 16:09.02 time.

Women’s Junior Quad came in second with a 19:12.00 time. The women’s upper junior four landed in fourth place in their race, with a 19:28.54 time.

Along with a fall crew program, the select crew team offers Alexandria City High School rowers, as well as rowers from across Northern Virginia, an opportunity to participate in rowing during the fall season. Participants have also come from schools including West Potomac, Wakefield and around the region.

ODBC, which sponsors the fall rowing for elite high school rowers from across the area, trains at the Dee Campbell Rowing Center. They compete in east coast head races, including the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia.

Their next regatta is scheduled for Oct. 17 at the Occoquan.

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