Oakton Crew is one of the largest sports at Oakton high school, and no prior rowing experience is necessary to join.
Rowing is one of the oldest sports in the world, and has been an Olympic event for over a hundred years. It's a fun yet physically demanding sport, and athletes of all levels are encouraged to learn more about the demands and incredible rewards of rowing with a team.
Founded in 2002, Oakton Crew has grown as a team and a sports presence at Oakton High School, and over the years our athletes have won numerous medals at Virginia state rowing competitions, as well as placing competitively in national regattas. Our men's and women's teams row in freshman, novice, and varsity eights and fours (which designates how many oars/rowers are in a boat) in both lightweight and standard categories. You don't have to be huge in stature to be a great crew athlete — the sport lends itself well to anyone with a desire to learn technique and the drive to work hard.
Oakton Crew is a club sport, and therefore is funded, managed and supported entirely by parent volunteers, collectively known as the Oakton Cougar Crew Boosters Club (OCCBC), and community donations. All equipment is purchased by OCCBC through fundraising and donations. The team is supported by dues, service commitment hours, and fundraising, and both students and parents must volunteer to keep the club running.
Although Crew is a club sport, our athletes are eligible for varsity letters and recognition through Oakton High School, and many of our graduates have rowed at the collegiate level and beyond. The 2017 regatta season was one of the strongest outings in our fifteen-year history, with the men's side taking silver medals with two boats at the Virginia State championships and the top women's boats making finals in almost every race in addition to qualifying for Nationals. We look forward to working hard in 2018 for our best year yet.