OSU rowing team practices on flooded golf course

They were spotted Wednesday evening finishing their usual practice by rowing on the flooded Trysting Tree Golf Club.

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Beaver crew team took to the water Wednesday - on the golf course next to the Oregon State University rowing center.

They were spotted Wednesday evening finishing their usual practice by rowing on the flooded Trysting Tree Golf Club.

The captain of the men’s rowing team, Hunter Smith, said they couldn’t practice on the Willamette River due to its high current, so they were working out inside when they got the idea.

"We were stuck indoors on the rowing machines and frankly we just saw the opportunity to come out on the golf course,” he said. “Not too many people can say they've rowed on a golf course. So, (it was) a nice cool-down after practice."

Smith added that the last time he heard of anyone on the team getting to row the golf course like that was back in 1996.

The flooding has closed portions of highways Oregon 34 and U.S. 20 in Corvallis. There is no estimate for when the highways will reopen.

The Willamette River is forecast to fall below flood stage near Corvallis early Friday morning.

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