WEDNESDAY, JUNE 02
The Oklahoma City University Stars medaled in every event they entered in the first USRowing Collegiate National Championship held May 22 and 23 on Lake Mercer in New Jersey.
In the tightest race of the day, OCU’s Edgars Boitmanis won the men’s single (1x) by .26 seconds beating Potomac Boat Club’s Brendan McEwan.
Representing the OCU women’s team in the single, Kathryn Schiro placed third with a time of 9:21. Carla Horne from the University of Tulsa and Emily Boucher from the University of Massachusetts took the top two spots in 9:14 and 9:17 respectively.
In doubles racing, OCU’s Jared Hooley and Drew McNichols clinched the top spot in the Men’s 2x in a time of 7:45 while the University of Tennessee (8:12) and William and Mary (8:47) came in second and third.
In a deep field, the Women’s Lightweight Double (2x) of OCU rowers Sarah Meyer and Jane Imfeld won the silver medal with a time of 8:50. The University of Massachusetts’ A (8:39) and B (9:08) crews came in first and third.
With only a few minutes to spare between races, Imfeld and Meyer joined teammates Schiro and Brittni Slattery to compete in the Women’s Quad (4x), placing third with a time of 8:02. The University of Tulsa won the event (7:53) while Duke University came in second (7:58).
OCU coach Linas Smailys said, “It was a successful regatta, and an important part of OCU history to be medalists at the first USRowing Collegiate Championship. Edgars’ sprint to win the Men’s 1x was exciting. All of the crews preformed well, and if Sarah and Jane did not have to race the 4x so soon after their 2x race, I believe they would have beaten Duke.”
The OCU Stars will not compete until this fall at the Head of the Oklahoma on the Oklahoma River Oct. 8 - 10 when they will also be celebrating the grand opening of their new home, the Devon Boathouse.