Sooners off to strong start in OKC

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

NORMAN – In the first competition of the 2017-18 season, the University of Oklahoma rowing team got off to a strong note Saturday at the Head of the Oklahoma regatta at the Oklahoma City Boathouse District.

Of the four races the Sooners competed in Saturday, OU claimed three first-place wins, while eight boats finished in the top 3.

The Sooners set the tone for the day in the opening race, claiming three of the top four finishes in the women’s collegiate 8+. The OU B boat paced the field with a first-place time of 13:42.753. The Sooners’ A boat took second with a time of 13:47.402, while the C boat clocked a time of 14:02.032 to finish fourth.

In the second race of the day, OU kept the momentum rolling with their second 1-2 finish of the regatta. Racing in the women’s collegiate 4+, all five of OU’s boats placed in the top 10 in the field of 27. OU’s A boat clocked the best time of the race at 15:21.206, with the Sooner B boat finishing second with a time of 15:28.905.

The Sooner’s D boat took fourth place in the 4+ with a time of 15:30.366, while to OU C boat finished with a mark of 15:45.963 to take eighth. The Oklahoma E boat rounded out the top 10 with a time of 16:05.344.

The OU novice squad competed in their first action of the season in the women’s collegiate novice 8+, racing three boats and adding two more top-5 finishes on the day. OU A boat placed second with a time of 16:04.574, while Oklahoma C boat (17:21.431) and Oklahoma D boat (19:22.364) finished fourth and seventh, respectively.

The Sooners saved the best for last as OU swept the top three spots to complete the first day’s action in the women’s collegiate varsity 8+ NightSprints. The OU B boat led the way with a first-place finish in a time of 1:34.934. Oklahoma A boat took second with a time of 1:35.994, while the OU C boat rounded out the top 3, clocking a time of 1:37.601.

The OU rowing squad will return to the course Sunday morning and compete in the women’s collegiate 1x at 8:25 a.m. and the women’s open 2- at 8:40 a.m.


Varsity 8+ (A) C: Margaret McLenna S: Maxi Baumgart 7: Katja Ruebling 6: Andreja Kekic 5: Emma Reinsch 4: Sophie Salt 3: Katherine Ognovich 2: Baylee Barnes B: Kalie Heffernan

Varsity 8+ (B) C: Emily Coffman S: Shelby Johnson 7: Elena Sloan 6: Brooke Baldwin 5: Mary Anderson 4: Andrea Batchev 3: Abby Lange 2: Madeleine Lange B: Nina Chism

Varsity 8+ (C) C: Rubie Hays S: Melissa Patten 7: Hannah Scholl 6: Lauren Bishop 5: Louisa McNaughton 4: Emily Taylor 3: Amy Pasque 2: Rachel Williams B: Hannah Hammond

Varsity 4+ (A) C: Margaret McLenna S: Maxi Baumgart 3: Katja Ruebling 2: Andreja Kekic B: Emma Reinsch

Varsity 4+ (B) C: Rubie Hays S: Sophie Salt 3: Katherine Ognovich 2: Baylee Barnes B: Kalie Heffernan

Varsity 4+ (C) C: Emily Coffman S: Shelby Johnson 3: Elena Sloan 2: Brooke Baldwin B: Mary Anderson

Varsity 4+ (D) C: Katherine Denney S: Abby Lange 3: Andrea Batchev 2: Nina Chism B: Madeleine Lange

Varsity 4+ (E) C: Chloe Campbell S: Melissa Patten 3: Te’a Elliott-Fox 2: Morgan Danker B: Louise Kuehster

Novice 8+ (A) C: Sara Fazal S: Lillith Brewster 7: Amber Templin 6: Maya Martin 5: Kyla Scott 4: Alex Baldridge 3: Kayla Gilbreath 2: Morgan Magee B: Sabrina Childers

Novice 8+ (C) C: Destyne Cinocca S: Hannah Wilzcek 7: Maia Cruse 6: Sarah Davis 5: Lauren Fourcade 4: Elaine Estlow 3: Victoria Wistl 2: Hannah Carter B: Sydney Stone

Novice 8+ (D) C: Cady Stretch S: Megan Crawford 7: Jalee Wills 6: Imani Campbell 5: Julia Reyes 4: Simran Dhillon 3: Vivi Shu 2: Kimiya Shirimbar B: Hannah Stephen