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LOCR sends 10 masters rowers and nine youth rowers to compete in Seattle on Aug. 3

COURTESY PHOTO - Lake Oswego Community Rowing's (left to right) Sophia Wang, Lauren Garrett, Courtney Maurer, Eliana Roberti and Jacob Berger pose after their medal-winning race in the Women's open 4x+ at the Green Lake Summer Extravaganza in Seattle on Aug. 3.For many students (and some adults), summer is a time to sleep in.

But not for the rowers at Lake Oswego Community Rowing. For LOCR's best, summer is a season of early mornings and intense workouts, with the team gathering at the dock by 7:30 a.m. to launch onto the glassy surface of the Willamette River before motor boats stir the waters.

While summer is mostly quiet in terms of racing, LOCR's competitive spirits got a taste of heat at the Green Lake Summer Extravaganza in Seattle, Washington, on Aug. 3. Ten masters and nine youth rowers from LOCR traveled north as one of 28 clubs competing from across the Northwest and Alaska.

The competition at Green Lake opened with a calm morning and warm temperatures, but gave way to progressively intimidating conditions in the afternoon, with winds reaching nine miles per hour. The rowers buckled down and dug in even harder, while teammates and fans cheered on from the shore.

The Men's masters 4x (Preston Reep, Chris Stewart, Bill Lomax and Leo Pedrosa) seized first place with a time of 3 minutes, 23.20 seconds, besting their silver-medal effort at the Northwest Regionals in June. The Women's masters 4x (Janelle Prentice, Casey Daly, Lisa Lomax and Laura McArdle) took third with a time of 4:01.95.

In the Women's open 4x+, two junior boats took second place (one with coxswain Mark Mankin and rowers Courtney Maurer, Eliana Roberti, Lauren Garrett and Sophia Wang, another with coxswain Jacob Berger and rowers Courtney Maurer, Eliana Roberti, Lauren Garrett and Sophia Wang).

The Men's masters double (Mark Storey and Leo Pedrosa) and Mixed masters doubles (one with Laura McArdle and Chris Stewart, the other with Bill and Lisa Lomax) all claimed fourth-place finishes.

According to Reep, LOCR's interim director of rowing and youth team varsity men's coach, the team spirit was palpable.

"At the end of the day, ... (when) we cheered 'L-O-C-R,' we are cheering our parents who fed us, drove us, watched and supported us," Reep said. "We are cheering for our teammates and our competition, for without the competitive drive fueled by our friends and rivals we couldn't be as fast as we are. We are cheering our staff and board who support our members' growth and development and organized the event. Most importantly, we are cheering for the athletes, the juniors and masters who are the frontline of LOCR, the ones wearing the uniform and going 'Hands on!' the ones who define who we are and what we stand for."


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