The Oklahoma City University Men’s Rowing Team will open its season later this month with its largest-ever roster. The team currently has 28 rowers and all are preparing for the season-opening Head of the Oklahoma Regatta Sept. 27 to 30 on the Oklahoma River.
“Based on early testing of the squad we seem to be in a much stronger position than this time last year,” said OCU Men’s Rowing Coach Cam Brown.
OCU Assistant Women’s Rowing Coach Melanie Borger looks for the team to repeat its 2011 medal-winning performance in the sculling events at this year’s regatta.
The women kicked off practices for the season on the first day of school in August.
“To get the younger athletes up to speed and prepare the more senior athletes for the Head of the Oklahoma, the team is training nine times per week both on the water and in the gym,” Borger said.
Brown said the men’s team has been improving its performance consistently each year and maintains high expectations.
“With three 8-man boats on the water and some good speed in the smaller boats, we are hoping to keep a lot of the medals here at OCU,” he said, noting he expects Harvard University and the OKC National High Performance Training Center to offer the stiffest competition at the Head of the Oklahoma Regatta.
The National High Performance Training Center, which trains out of the Devon Boathouse, home of OCU Rowing, includes several 2012 Olympians.
“It should be a great opening to our season and we look forward to some fast racing,” Brown said.Oklahoma City University’s Head of the Oklahoma Regatta is part of the four-day Oklahoma Regatta Festival featuring rowing,kayaking and dragon boat racing on the Oklahoma River in downtown Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District. Find out more at www.headoftheoklahoma.com.