TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 03
WICHITA, KAN. — An Oklahoma City University Stars men’s rowing crew tied the official course record Sunday on the Little Arkansas River at the Frostbite Regatta in Wichita, Kan.
The men’s 8+ record-tying crew finished the 1.7-mile race course with a 7:34 time. The crew included coxswain Jake Fox leading rowers Drew McNichols, James von Peters, Edgar Boitmanis, Brice Heinen, Jake Lamb, Josh Steinburg, Matt Mahon and Nick Hagen.
The finish added a gold medal to the team’s three others for the weekend. The men also won three silver medals and one bronze medal.
Boitmanis finished first and McNichols finished second in the open single. Boitmanis and von Peters teamed up to take silver in the open double (2X), with teammate Drew McNichols and Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation (OKCBF) rower Hugh Tullos finishing first. Lamb and teammate John Riesenberg took third in the same event. Fox also led Hagen, Steinburgh, Mahon and Heinen to bronze in the quad (4X) race. Boitmanis, Heinen, and Riesenberg teamed up with OKCBF rower Tullos to take gold in the open quad. Hagen and Mahon captured silver in the pair race.
Meanwhile, the OCU women’s rowing team dominated small boats during the regatta, winning three gold medals and a silver.
Sarah Meyer and Katie Sondag took gold in the women’s open pair event, and teammates Kathryn Schiro and Jane Imfeld took gold in the collegiate doubles race. In the open singles event, Imfeld took first and Schiro took second.
“The Women’s team did a tremendous job navigating the curvy course,” Coach Melanie Borger said. “The Arkansas river is narrow, shallow and curves in an ‘S,’ making steering a challenge, especially for small boats. I’m proud of how well the rowers handled it.”
The next race for OCU is Nov. 7-8 at the Head of the Hooch Regatta in Chattanooga, Tenn.