Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 20, 2013
OU Invite

   March 9 & 10, 2013
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The University of Oklahoma rowing program hosts the fourth-annual OU Invitational Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10. Stay tuned to this page throughout the week and during the race weekend for updates and notes. Information about the race schedule, Sooner Sports TV live stream, live results and more can all be found right here.

  Sunday, March 10

8:00 p.m.
A big thanks to all the fans that braved the wind, rain and cold to cheer on the Sooners at the OU Invite today.

The inclement weather throughout the weekend didn't stop a great crowd from lining the banks of the Oklahoma River to watch an exciting weekend of racing.

"I want to thank all of our fans for coming out to support us this weekend," OU head coach Leeanne Crain said. "They had to endure some frigid temperatures and fierce winds, but that didn't deter them. It was great to have them cheering from the shoreline and their Sooner spirit was a great inspiration to the team."

Thanks again for your support Sooner fans!

A complete recap of Sunday's action can be found here.

12:45 p.m.
The 2013 OU Invitational is officially complete!

In addition to racing each other, OU, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Tulsa and UCO battled constant 20-25 mile per hour winds from the northwest that created a cross tailwind. It was a chilly day on the Oklahoma River that included occasional rain, but the teams made the best of it in the first races of the season.

The Sooners won six of their seven races. They went a perfect 6-0 against Kansas in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four, second varsity four, novice eight and second novice eight. OU's novice four finished second to UCO and ahead of Kansas State.

Minnesota won six races against Kansas State and Tulsa. Kansas State won three races and Tulsa and UCO won one race.

Complete results can be found here.

Check back soon for a complete update from Oklahoma's races.

8:00 a.m.
Good morning! After a great day to open the season yesterday, the competition resumes today at 9 a.m.

The first set of races primarily features Kansas and Minnesota. The Sooners and Kansas race at 10:20, while Kansas State and UCO close out the fourth-annual OU Invite from 11:30-12:15.

  Saturday, March 9

10:30 p.m.
Whether you were cheering on every race from the shores of the Oklahoma River, or you couldn't attend the first day of competition in Oklahoma City, there are plenty of ways to relive all the action.

Check out the full recap of the day's action, which includes complete results, a photo gallery and more.

The excitement continues Sunday morning at 9, and OU races Big 12 rival Kansas beginning at 10:20. Great weather is expected, so we hope to see you out on the Oklahoma River to cheer on the Sooners!

7:30 p.m.
Racing is done for the day, and it was a great afternoon of competition on the Oklahoma River. The rain stopped, and the sun came out at times.

Conditions were great in the afternoon. The river was calm, and there was very little wind.

The Sooners won three of their seven races, while Minnesota won four of their six, all against OU. Kansas won four races in the afternoon, Tulsa won three, Kansas State won once while UCO came up just short in four contests.

Complete results can be found here, while a full recap will be available shortly.

3:15 p.m.
It rained. A lot. Thankfully, the storm passed very quickly, and about ten minutes after the thunderstorms and heavy rain rolled through, the sun came out.

We are at the end of the 30-minute wait period after lightning and are scheduled to resume racing at 4:15. The races will be closer together, and will be done at approximately 6:15. Oklahoma will race Minnesota starting at 5:27.

An updated schedule is available here.

2:00 p.m.
Due to a heavy storm cloud passing through Oklahoma City, the afternoon session of the OU Invitational has been delayed.

The first race was originally scheduled for 2:30, which is when the small storm band will pass through. Since the storm should pass through rather quickly, we are hoping to resume racing at approximately 4 p.m.

Updates can be found on Twitter at @SoonerRowing, and a revised schedule will be announced here when it is available.

12:00 p.m.
The OU Invite got off to a great start this morning, despite strong winds and the constant threat of rain. A light rain fell during the first couple of races, but it stopped within an hour after racing started.

The Sooners won five of their seven races this morning against Tulsa, UCO and Kansas State. After falling in its first two races, OU beat Tulsa in the final five races of the morning.

Oklahoma won the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four, second varsity four and second novice eight races. In the novice four race, the Sooners finished second to UCO and ahead of Kansas State, while Oklahoma's novice eight finished second to Tulsa's third varsity eight.

Minnesota won five of its seven races to open the day's competition, while Kansas won three races and UCO won twice. Kansas State and Tulsa each won one race.

A complete replay of all 17 morning races can be found on

Racing resumes at 2:30 on the Oklahoma River. Oklahoma will race in six events against Minnesota beginning at 4:20. A full schedule is available here, and the races will be broadcast live by

8:00 a.m.
It's race day! The first race has started between Minnesota and Kansas State in the novice eight.

The Sooners' first race is at 8:50 in the novice four, and OU's race block is from 10-11 a.m. A full schedule is available here.

Races will be held on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City. Directions to the Exchange Boathouse can be found here.

If you can't make it out to the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City, be sure to tune in to SoonerSports.TV's broadcast of the meet online. The web stream is free and available across the world.

For updated results and notes from Oklahoma City, follow the Sooners on Twitter at @SoonerRowing or follow along with the live results. Behind-the-scenes updates can also be found on Instagram at @ou_rowing.

  Friday, March 8

6:00 p.m.
The long wait is nearly over. The Sooners host the OU Invitational tomorrow and officially kick off the 2013 season. A full preview, including video, notes and more is available here.

Updates throughout the day will be availalbe here and on Twitter at @SoonerRowing. With the threat of inclement weather, this will be the best place to recieve updates. Additionally, live results notes throughout the day will be posted here as well.

We hope to see everyone in Oklahoma City tomorrow and Sunday to cheer on the Sooners! Directions, a map and parking information for the Exchange Boathouse can be found here.

11:00 a.m.

A day before the OU Invite, the Sooners had a final day of practice in Oklahoma City before officially starting the season tomorrow. A nice sunrise poked through the clouds on one of the warmest mornings of the spring.

The University of Minnesota arrived yesterday, and for the second half of today's practice, the two teams did several pieces together. The scrimmage between the first and second varsity eight boats from OU and UM consisted of several one-minute pieces at various stroke rates down the 2,000 meter course.

The Sooners and Golden Gophers will race in six events at the OU Invite in tomorrow's afternoon session, beginning at 4:20. A full schedule for the weekend is available here.

  Thursday, March 7

7:00 p.m.
Video: Coach Crain and seniors Nikki Furmanek and Carly Schueler talked to Sooner Sports TV about the opportunity to open the season this weekend at home on the Oklahoma River.

12:00 p.m.
The OU Invitational is just two days away, and it was a busy day as preparations continue to get everything ready.

With streaming ever race online, assistant coach John Gartin sat down with the Sooner Sports TV broadcast crew to talk about the upcoming weekend of racing. The free web stream will air every race of the weekend.

Additionally, Coach Crain and seniors Nikki Furmanek and Carly Schueler talked to Sooner Sports TV about this weekend's season opener. The video will be available here later this evening or tomorrow morning.

  Wednesday, March 6

8:00 p.m.
The Sooners are pleased to announce that this weekend's OU Invitational will be streamed live online on

"We are excited to have broadcast the OU Invitational for the first time this weekend," head coach Leeanne Crain said. "It will be a great opportunity for Sooner fans across the country to watch us compete. We are looking forward to opening up the 2013 season at home, and can't wait to have our great fans watch us not only at the racecourse in Oklahoma River, but also anywhere around the world online."

All 49 races at the fourth-annual event on the Oklahoma River will be streamed live for free. For more information about this weekend's free web streams, view the full release.

10:00 a.m.
With just three days until the Sooners host the OU Invite, they had another good practice this morning on the water in Oklahoma City. An early-rising sun and no wind made the chilly temperature more bearable, and OU is ready for the first race of the season.

Check back later today for more info on the OU Invite, including an announcement about the enhanced coverage of the fourth-annual event.

  Tuesday, March 5

It was another beautiful morning on the water for OU! It was a little windy, and it wasn't particularly warm at 6 a.m., but the Sooners take advantage of every day they get on the water, especially in early March.

Oklahoma has been on the water since the start of February, but this week is different. The Sooners can finally see the light at the end of the offseason. There are just three days until OU hosts Minnesota in an informal scrimmage Friday morning, and the four days until the 2013 season officially begins.

  Monday, March 4

The excitement is building for the OU Invite. Just five days before the season began, the Sooners opened the week with a morning practice on the water.

OU has been on the water since the beginning of February, and race week brings an added excitement to practice. The start of the season signals the end of a long offseason of conditioning and training.

OU has an exciting spring schedule that includes races against top crews from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac 12 and SEC. The goal is the team's first trip to the NCAA Championship. The journey will take the Sooners to Texas, California, South Carolina, Kansas and Tennessee. The road to the NCAA Championship begins this weekend in Oklahoma City.

  Sunday, March 3

The complete OU Invitational schedule is available here.

The races on Saturday, March 9 are split into a morning and afternoon session, while Sunday's races will just be in the morning.

The OU Invite officially begins Saturday at 8 a.m. with Kansas State facing Minnesota. OU's racing block begins at 10 a.m. with the Sooners racing against fellow Big 12 member Kansas and in-state rival Tulsa.

After a short break from 11:30 to 2:30, racing resumes for the afternoon session. The Sooners hit the water at 4:20, when every OU boat faces Minnesota.

The final session begins Sunday morning with Kansas, Minnesota and Tulsa racing at 9 a.m. Oklahoma and Kansas race six times beginning at 10:20 before OU, Kansas State and UCO finish the weekend's races at 11:30.
  Saturday, March 2

We're one week away from the fourth-annual OU Invitational! The Sooners welcome Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, UCO and Tulsa to the scenic Oklahoma River for the two-day event.

  Friday, March 1

The OU Invite unofficially kicks off a week from now with a scrimmage vs. Minnesota. The Sooners and Golden Gophers will scrimmage during OU's normal morning practice on the Oklahoma River.
Oklahoma hosts the fourth annual OU Invitational March 9 and 10 on the Oklahoma River.

 Race Times
 OU Races
 8-11 a.m.
 10 a.m.
 2:30-5:30 p.m.
 4:20 a.m.
 9-12:15 p.m.
 10:20 a.m.

Full Schedule | OKC Weather

The 2013 OU Invitational will be held on OU's home course at the Exchange Boathouse on the scenic Oklahoma River. The boathouse is located at 1409 Exchange Ave. in Oklahoma City, and parking will be available across the street.


Race Map

Exchange Boathouse
Fans who are unable to attend the OU Invite have multiple ways to follow all the action from the Oklahoma River:

SoonerSports.TV Live Stream

Live Results

Twitter: @SoonerRowing

Instagram: @ou_rowing
Six teams comprise the 2013 OU Invitational field. The Sooners host Big 12 rivals Kansas and Kansas State in addition to Minnesota and local foes UCO and Tulsa.

The two-day event is divided into three sessions, two on Saturday, March 9 and one on Sunday, March 10. Each session is divided into three groups, with two teams in each group.

Saturday morning's session begins at 8 a.m., with OU's races commencing at 10 a.m.

Saturday afternoon's first race is at 2:30 p.m. The Sooners and Minnesota square off for six races beginning at 4:20.

The OU Invite concludes Sunday morning, and Oklahoma meets Kansas in the middle group of races at 10:20 a.m.
OU's 2013 spring schedule features races against top teams from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac 12 and SEC.

The Sooners are under the direction of head coach Leeanne Crain, in her fifth season at Oklahoma.

Oklahoma is coming off a second-place finish at the 2012 Big 12 Championship

The 2013 season marks the fifth year that rowing has been a varsity sport at OU.

Stay connected with the OU rowing team with updates, news and information on the Sooners:

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