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OCU Rowing Signs Recruits
The Oklahoma City University Rowing team announced this week that it has signed three highly recruited rowers to its program. Matthew Maddamma, Ryan Claussen and Michael Pitts have signed with the Stars for the fall of 2010. Maddamma currently rows for the juniors program at Steel City Rowing Club in Pittsburgh, Penn. In 2009 he won the USRowing trials in the single scull, advancing to the Junior World Championships in Correzien, France, where he placed fourth just two-tenths of a second behind a bronze medal. He has not decided on a major. Claussen is from Manhattan, Kan., and rows with Manhattan Junior Crew. He won the Kansas Open Indoor Rowing Championship in Topeka, Kan. He plans to major in science. Michael Pitts is from Oak Park, Ill., and currently rows with the Lincoln Park Juniors Rowing Club in Chicago. In 2009 his crew qualified for the USRowing Junior National Championship where he placed second in the petit final. Pitts plans to major in justice studies. “Matt, Ryan and Mike will be tremendous additions to the OCU rowing team,” Coach Melanie Borger said. “Because of the national reputation of Oklahoma City University, the success of the Stars rowing team and the Oklahoma City rowing community in general, OCU is able to attract highly competitive rowers locally and nationally.” The Stars expect to sign many more recruits this spring while anticipating of the opening of the world-class Devon Boathouse, home of OCU Rowing, in the fall. Blake Marley will sign today at Norman North High School, and Clay Puckett will make his official commitment March 2 at Edmond Memorial High School. Both Marley and Puckett row with Oklahoma City Junior Rowing at the Chesapeake Boathouse.