Orange Coast College is a fairly large Community College in Orange County, California. Founded in 1947, it offers various two year associate degrees from 135 different career and academic programs. A benefit of the school’s location, it’s located just minutes away from the beautiful beaches of Southern California. Out of all of the community colleges in California, Orange Coast College transfers the most students than any other college located in Orange County.

Many of these students will go on to attend either UC or CSU. Some will even transfer to a private school in California or to a school outside of California. Over the years, Orange Coast College has sent thousands of students through this process and shows no signs of slowing down.

However, there is something about this school that makes it very special and unique. It’s something other schools couldn’t replicate if they tried. This something is the schools rowing team. Since the school was founded, the rowing team has captured an astounding 11 national titles with the 11th won last year. Learn more about Orange Coast College: https://twitter.com/orangecoast?lang=en and http://www.occsailing.com/

The school has also seen 10 rowers go on to compete in the Olympics and the World Championships. Some people may look at rowing as a very boring or uninteresting sport, disregarding the amount of effort and mental strength it takes to compete at such a level. The whole team has to be in sync with each other for it to work it’s magic, let alone be successful in competition.

What has made the team so successful you ask? Let’s refer back to the famous cliche “practice makes perfect”. The team practices 20 hours a week, 6 days a week starting a 6:30am in the morning.

This takes a tremendous amount of discipline and the drop outs show it. Out of 80 sign ups at the beginning of the season, only 20 are able to make the team. Overall, the team has high expectations. Rowing forces you to go a certain level, a level you won’t experience in other sports. The team’s demonstration of teamwork and dedication has allowed them to get to that next level.