Founded in 2002, Crew has grown inTo one of the largest AND MOST COMPETITIVE sports at Oakton high school. unlike other varsity sports, no prior experience is required for rowing, and many of our athletes have never been in a boat before joining the TEAM.
Over the years, Oakton Crew boats have won numerous medals at Virginia state rowing competitions as well as placing competitively in national regattas, and each year we grow as a sports presence at OHS. Our men's and women's teams row in freshman, novice, and varsity eights and fours (designating how many oars and rowers are in a boat), in both lightweight and standard weight 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. 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 Oakton Crew provides.
Oakton Crew is a club sport, and receives no funding from OHS or FCPS. Crew is funded, managed and supported entirely by parent and student volunteers, collectively known as the Oakton Cougar Crew Booster Club (OCCBC), as well as receiving community support. 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 fulfill their commitments to keep Crew running. OCCBC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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 gold and silver medals 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.