IF IT WASN'T HARD, EVERYONE WOULD DO IT

A stellar performance at the British Columbia Provincial Championships by all junior ORU rowers! We had many boats qualify for finals and perform beautifully. Many of our rowers had more than two races every day, and they still fought until the end to win. 

Our Men's U15 4x, with August Altucher, Keenen Carlyle, Max Zimmermann and Will Hathaway, placed first with a time of 7:46.89.

Our Women's 2-, with Desi Petrova and Amelia Vassallo, placed first with a great time of 8:24.97.

Ari Grayzel and Griffin Palmer placed third in the Men's U19 JV 2x with a time of 7:36.14.

ORU's youngest rowers, Milla Beremski, Mara Cassidy, Lauren Callahan and Rachel Whittington, placed third in the Women's U15 4x with a time of 8:15.09.

Our gold medalists, Liam Zimmermann and Ivan Beremski, finished with a time of 7:08.73 in the Men's U17 2x.

Our Ltwt 4+, with Liam Zimmermann, Griffin Palmer, Ari Grayzel, Ivan Beremski and coxswain Milla Beremski, placed first with a time of 7:04.51.

Rowers Keenen Carlyle and Max Zimmermann, placed first in the Men's U15 2x with a time of 8:08.78.

Our other Men's U15 2x, with Ian Lloyd-Jones and Will Hathaway, placed second with a time of 8:38.13.

So proud of our junior team. Way to row!

REAL ATHLETES ROW

ORU had a wonderful weekend racing at Regionals. Of the 18 entries, 16 participated in finals. ORU won 8 event medals, and three of our boats qualified for Nationals in Florida. The Men's Lightweight Double, the Women's Double and the Women's Quad all competed at Nationals, where they raced against the top 28 boats in the country. Ten of our boats received the prestigious title of 'State Champion.'

Our Women's 3V 2x, with Milla Beremski and Ali Winslow, placed third with a time of 9:00.750.

Our other Women's 3V 2x, with Rory Schinkelwitz and Sophia Coseo, placed third with an even better time of 8:34.734.

Our Men's Novice 2x, with August Altucher and Ian Lloyd-Jones, placed second with an amazing time of 7:55.580.

ORU rowers, Nicky Tcherven, Keenen Carlyle, Shep Riley, Will Hathaway and coxswain Ivo Kerefeyski, placed second in the Men's Youth 4x+ with a time of 7:54.220.

National qualifiers, Liam Zimmermann and Ivan Beremski, placed third in the Men's Ltwt 2x with a time of 7:21.649.

National qualifiers, Desi Petrova, Amelia Vassallo, Cleo Whelan and Jasper Whelan, placed third in the Women's Varsity 4x with a time of 7:27.412.

Desi Petrova and Amelia Vassallo also qualified for Nationals in their Women's Varsity 2x with a time of 8:10.435.

Lastly, our Women's 2V 2x, with Cleo Whelan and Jasper Whelan, placed second with a time of 8:18.971.

"All were merged into the smoothly working machine; they were, in fact, a poem of motion, a symphony of swinging blades." -Daniel James Brown, The Boys in the Boat

Photos courtisy to Lisa Hilker.

ORU JUNIORS ROW INTERNATIONAL

ORU Junior Rowers spent the last weekend on Vancouver Island at the Brentwood College Regatta, in beautiful Mill Bay, Canada. This regatta is one of the most prestigious high school regattas in North America. Because of strong winds, all races on Friday were canceled and the regatta was reduced to two days. That made the regatta a little bit more demanding as all races became “timed finals,” meaning the top three boats across all heats of the event would earn medals.

Despite the added challenge of the weather, ORU earned three bronze medals.

Bronze medals went to our Junior A Men’s 1x, Simon Hatcher, with a time of 5:45.88 and our Junior JV A 2x, Liam Zimmermann and Ivan Beremski, with a time of 5:28.26.

In our Junior A Lwt72 Men’s 4+, Liam Zimmermann, Griffin Palmer, Ari Grayzel, Ivan Beremski, and coxswain Milla Beremski got second in their heat with a time of 5:31.17.

In our Junior B Women’s 2x, Cleo Whelan and Jasper Whelan placed second in their heat with a time of 7:10.22.

Desi Petrova and Amelia Vassallo placed third in their Junior A Women’s 2x heat, with a time of 6:48.1.

With a time of 7:52.64, the Junior B Women’s 2x, Milla Beremski and Rachel Whittington, placed third in their heat.

Our other Junior B Women’s 2x, Rory Schinkelwitz and Sophia Coseo placed third in their heat with a time of 7:25.89.

Our Junior B women’s 4x+, Rory Schinkelwitz, Sophia Coseo, Milla Beremski, Rachel Whittington, and coxswain Max Zimmermann placed third in their heat with a time of 6:16.28.

With a time of 6:00.83, our Junior A Women’s 4x+, Desi Petrova, Amelia Vassallo, Cleo Whelan, Jasper Whelan, and coxswain Milla Beremski placed third in their heat.

Our Junior A Men’s 4x+, Simon Hatcher, Norman Hilker, Ari Grayzel, Griffin Palmer, and coxswain Rachel Whittington placed third in their heat with a time of 5:26.81.

Nicky Tcherven and Max Zimmermann placed fourth in their Junior B Men’s 2x heat with a time of 6:10.13.

Simon Hatcher and Norman Hilker placed fifth in their Junior A Men’s 2x heat with a time of 6:15.55.

Finally, with a time of 6:40.32, our Junior A Women’s 1x, Desi Petrova, placed fifth in her heat.

 

Congratulations to everyone!

Photos: courtesy of Lisa Hilker 

"On GOOD days I row. On BAD days I row harder."

This weekend ORU participated in a scrimmage with VLC and LOCR in Vancouver, WA on the gorgeous Vancouver Lake. Despite the wild weather/water conditions, ORU had a lot of fun!

Congratulations to all!

Pacing...Is...Critical!

Congratulations to all competitors for yet another fast NW Ergomania. So proud of Team ORU!

NW Ergomania, the NW Indoor Rowing Championships, provides the entire Pacific Northwest region with the opportunity to race in over 20 categories. ORU athletes competed in 2000 meter sprints.

 

The club performed exeptionally well!

Meet the team, see the photos.

Final Results are listed bellow:

Men’s JR LTWT 2K (total 38 competitors)

Simon Hatcher placed 3rd with a PR

Ari Grayzel placed 12th with a PR

Griffin Palmer placed 18th with a PR

Ivan Beremski placed 28th

 

Men’s JR 2K (total 32 competitors)

Norman Hilker placed 23rd

 

Women’s JR Novice 2K (total 52 competitors)

Rory Schinkelwitz placed 5th in the novice category almost breaking 8min (her time - 8:00.5)

 

Women’s JR LTWT 2K (total 38 competitors)

Desi Petrova placed 4th

 

Women’s JR 2K (total 55 competitors)

Amelia Vassallo placed 28th

Sophia Coseo placed 47th

 

Great Job Everyone! You were looking pretty fast!

 

ORU Wins Big at Covered Bridge

ORU-PDX boats battled through heavy winds and whitecaps at the Covered Bridge Regatta in Dexter Lake on April 16-17. Unfortunately, all of Sunday's races were canceled due to the rough conditions, leaving many rowers disappointed. Despite the cancellation, the juniors brought home six hard-earned medals, meaning that almost half our boats placed in their heats!

The full results for the Junior Team are listed below.

GOLD MEDAL
Men's Varsity 1x:  Dennis Nikolov

SILVER MEDAL
Men's Novice 4x+:  Colter Decker, Ivan Beremski, Adam Hathaway, Nicky Tcherven, coxswain Will Hathaway
Men's Varsity 1x   Simon Hatcher

BRONZE MEDAL
Men's Varsity 1x:  Ari Grayzel
Men's Varsity 1x:  Tervel Bradov
Men's Varsity 4x:  Dennis Nikolov, Simon Hatcher, Ari Grayzel, Griffin Palmer

Congratulations to all our rowers!

 

 

 

 

Dennis Nikolov Commits to Row at OSU

Congratulations to ORU varsity member Dennis Nikolov, who has been recruited to row for Oregon State University next fall. Dennis, a senior at Beaverton's Health and Science High School, has been rowing under the direction of Coach Plamen Petrov since the seventh grade. He plans to pursue a rigorous program in mechanical engineering at OSU and continue competing in the sport that has become his passion. Dennis has this advice for his fellow teammates and other students hoping to be recruited to row in college: Put as much into your schoolwork as you do into your rowing. The better you do in school, the better your chances for getting scholarships. Also, trust coaches Plamen Petrov and Nadia Petrova with their advice and coaching decisions. With over 30 years of experience, they know what they're doing, and how to best help each rower achieve his or her personal goals.

Best wishes to Dennis, a consistent leader for the ORU Junior Team, in both his rowing and academic endeavors in Beaver Nation. We know great things are in store for this young man.

 

Maya Coseo Recruited to Row for Gonzaga

Maya Coseo, a Franklin High School senior and Varsity member of the ORU Junior Rowing Team, signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to row with Gonzaga University's Division I Women's Rowing Team. An accomplished athlete and student, she will be attending Gonzaga in the fall on both a rowing and merit scholarship. Since joining ORU her freshman year, Maya has had a very successful rowing career. A two-year head captain of the Junior Team, she has consistently medaled in regattas across the pacific northwest. In 2015, she and three of her teammates qualified to compete in the Women's Quad event at the USRowing Youth National Championships in Florida, where they ultimately placed 10th in the nation. At the Northwest Indoor Rowing Championships/NW Ergomania this past February, Maya achieved the 6th fastest erg time out of 74 participants in the Women's Junior 2k. Congratulations to this outstanding young woman, athlete and scholar!

Online fundraiser campaign a success!

ONLINE FUNDRAISER CAMPAIGN A SUCCESS!

Thanks to the generous contributions of family, friends, Portland-area businesses and community members, the ORU Junior Team raised over $8,500 its 2nd annual online fundraiser during the month of December! All donations will be used toward the purchase of boats and oars that are critical to the needs and success of our rowing team.  We sincerely appreciate all who gave, and would like to recognize the following donors who contributed $100 or more to this year's campaign:

Coach Level ($100-$249):

  • Joe Radakovich
  • Matthew and Renee Palmer
  • Henry Stevens
  • The Schreiner Family
  • Desislava Kotseva
  • Grandma Nikolov
  • Ron Goodwin
  • Frieda Grayzel
  • Douglas Smith
  • Terry Bowman
  • The Schelonka Family
  • Bob and Maggie Hatcher
  • Nikola Tcherven
  • Max and Ellen Brittingham
  • Tony and Debbie Vassallo
  • Nadya Beremski
  • Marieta Westermeyer
  • Anonymous

Director Level ($250-$499):

  • Richard and Jane Caldwell
  • Carl Petterson
  • Carol and John McDermott
  • Bill and Lyndsay Hayes
  • Anonymous

National Champion ($500 or more):

  • Kathleen Sullivan
  • Mark Lewinsohn
  • Dermatology Professionals
  • Anonymous

Registration for the Portland LOOP Regatta now open!

Transient

We are excited to announce that registration for the 25th annual Portland LOOP Regatta is now open!  Please join us for a fun day of rowing out of Oaks Park, starting at noon on Saturday, October 25! We are happy to introduce a new, shorter course (check back soon for updated course maps). We also want to invite all competitors and spectators to a chili feed at Oaks Park from noon to 3pm. Participants in the Portland Fall Classic happening the next day may leave their trailers at ORU for convenience. We hope to see many clubs there! Please head to our LOOP Regatta page for more information.