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OCU Rowing Prepares for Repeat Success

Oklahoma City University men’s and women’s rowing capped its 2012-13 season with a sixth-place showing in the Dad Vail Regatta overall team points standings in May. The teams hope to continue their success this season with a strong showing in the Head of the Oklahoma Regatta Oct. 5 and 6 on the Oklahoma River.

The regatta will be the teams’ first home competitions of the season.

OCU took home the men’s collegiate single sculling title at Dad Vail for the third consecutive year as Edgars Boitmanis won the event, while his teammate Matthew Maddamma finished second. Boitmanis captured his second Dad Vail crown in three years, while Maddamma was the 2012 champion.

Liz Mathews gave the Stars a sweep of the men’s and women’s collegiate single sculling titles by winning Dad Vail’s women’s collegiate single race. OCU’s Kayla Yraceburu took second in the event. OCU picked up the women’s collegiate single title for the second time in three years after Kathryn Schiro won the 2011 championship.

OCU also took silver in the men’s freshman/novice four, bronze in the men’s varsity heavyweight four and bronze in the women’s lightweight four in the Dad Vail Regatta.

In the Under-23 World Championship Trials, Jackson Anderson and Matt Mahon of OCU won the men’s heavyweight double race. Maddamma teamed with Thomas Hope, training at Oklahoma City’s National High Performance Center, to win the men’s lightweight double. Mathews and Yraceburu placed third in the women’s double.

Anderson, Hope, Maddamma and Mahon represented the United States in the Under-23 World Championships in July in Linz, Austria.

The Stars return Anderson, a junior from Mission Hills, Kan.; Maddamma, a senior from Carnegie, Pa.; Mathews, a junior from Wichita, Kan.; and Yraceburu, a junior from Camas, Wash., in 2013-14.

Boitmanis, from Jurmala, Latvia, came back to OCU to finish his double major in economics and political science. He will serve as the OCU Student Government Association vice president as well as OCU’s men’s novice team coach.

Liza Dickson has taken over as OCU women’s rowing coach. Dickson’s experience includes guiding youth and club rowers in Florida, Pennsylvania and Vermont and as a college assistant coach at Colgate. She rowed collegiately at Washington (Md.) for renowned sculling coach Mike Davenport.

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The Oklahoma Regatta Festival is a five-day event featuring rowing, canoe/kayak and dragon boat racing on the Oklahoma River in downtown Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District. The 2013 Festival includes family activities, the Oklahoma City University Head of the Oklahoma Regatta, OGE NightSprints, blu VIP Party, Corporate Racing and the OKC Invitational Canoe Marathon, leading up to next year’s ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships to be held September 26-28, 2014, in OKC. The Oklahoma Regatta Festival is presented by Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, and OGE, and is a project of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation. Learn more at oklahomaregattafestival.org.