Golden Oar Society

The David S. Peterson Golden Oar Society was created to recognize members of the LCAA for exceptional support of the PLU Rowing program.

Golden Oar Society Inductees

The 1967 Row Down Crew

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(Jim Bartlett, Bill Brinkmeyer, Roger Hansen, Rich Holmes, Mike Kido,  Rolf Morstad, Jim Ojala, Norm Purvis, Bob Sullivan, Bob Torget, Gary Van Hoy, Jim Wiitala, George Wood)

The 1967 Row Down crew not only had an impact on PLU Rowing for the years to come but they made a great impression within the rowing community across the nation. Their bold achievement, rowing the “Loyal Shoudy” from Seattle to Tacoma in frigid waters, landed them in the spotlight at the Seattle Post Intelligencer’s “Man of the Year in Sports” banquet. Our Golden Oar Society recognizes all of the accomplishments and the great impact the Row Down Crew had on PLU Rowing. To read more check, out our bio on          The 1967 Row Down Crew!

David S. Peterson

“It is my honor to announce that the PLU Golden Oar Society is to be named for the one person to whom PLU Crew literally owes its existence. Dave rowed for PLU from 1970 to 1974. He also coached from 1975 to 1985. He produced many fine crews during his eleven years of coaching, including two Western Sprints crews that I was proud to be part of. But Dave’s contribution to PLU Crew transcends anything any of his crews achieved on the water.”

–Jim Schacht

Read more on the astonishing achievements of David S. Peterson by Jim Schacht!

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