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Orange Coast College Is A True Rowing Giant

A two-year community college in Orange County stands as home to one of the premier athletic squads in the country.

The Orange Coast College rowing team has been steadily racking up national titles in rowing. Despite its junior college nature, Orange Coast College has been among the giants in the sport of rowing for years now. The crew squad has dominated the ARCA National Championships even in a land of four-year schools. Last year, they won an 11th national title.

A recent article in the Orange County Register documented the school’s crew club and its ability to compete with the best collegiate rowing squads across the nation. Whether it is Texas or Notre Dame, the Pirates (the school mascot) can stack up and even beat all of them – particularly when it comes to eight-man rowing.

In March 2017, Orange College took three of four races from UCLA, another demonstration of how strong the program is as it can regularly beat some of the top four-year rowing programs in the U.S. The Pirates have plenty of the $55,000 sleek, rowboats needed to practice and compete in.

The school has its own boathouse, the David A. Grant Collegiate Rowing Center, in Newport Harbor. A total of 10 former rowers from the program have gone on to compete either at the world championships or the Summer Olympic Games. Many of the rowers eventually will move on to four-year schools and have success there as well.

Each year, up to 80 potential rowers sign up for the men’s squad and roughly 40 for the women’s teams. The goal for all is to earn a spot on a boat that leads to the nationals in early June – and a chance at another national title.

Orange Coast College is a two-year junior college located in Costa Mesa, CA. Founded in 1947 partially on land of a deactivated U.S. Army base, the community college has upwards of an enrollment of 25,000 students these days. Only three percent of their students are from out-of-state.

Part of the Coast Community College District, Orange Coast College serves as another outlet for students to advance to state four-year universities. The school regularly ranks among the top 100 JC schools out of roughly 5,000 nationwide. Read more: Orange Coast College | Twitter

Recent plans for the school involve replacing some of its older 1950s buildings with a large central park that would serve as the center of the junior college. Other plans involve a new Recycling Center and a 120-seat Planetarium.

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