Founded in 2003, 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 competitions as well as placing competitively in national regattas, and each year we build on the strength of our alumni roots to grow stronger as a sports presence at OHS. Our men's and women's teams row in varsity, freshman, and novice eights and fours (designating how many oars and rowers are in a boat), in both lightweight and standard weight categories.
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.
Over the years, the Oakton Crew women's and men's teams have won gold, silver, and bronze medals at the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championships ('States'), and multiple boats have qualified for SRAA Nationals ('Nats'); in May 2018 our Women's Junior 4 won the first SRAA National Championship in team history.
Rowing is a club sport in Fairfax County schools, and we receive no funding from OHS or FCPS. Oakton 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 Oakton Crew successful.
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. Check out our ALUMNI page for photos from some of the collegiate teams where Oakton rowers have made their mark.