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.
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.
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.
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
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
and the races will be broadcast live by SoonerSports.tv.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
The OU Invitational is just two days away, and it was a busy day as preparations
continue to get everything ready.
With SoonerSports.tv 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
Sooner Sports TV about this weekend's season opener. The video will be available
here later this evening or tomorrow morning.
Bout to be a good season! Come watch @soonerrowing
this weekend in OKC! Exchange Boathouse. Sat/Sun 10am and onward! #boomer
The Sooners are pleased to announce that this weekend's OU Invitational
will be streamed live online on SoonerSports.tv.
"We are excited to have SoonerSports.tv 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
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.
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
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.
The spring season finally starts this week! #Sooners host the #OUInvite Saturday & Sunday in OKC. OU races start @ 10 & 4:20 Sat & 10:20 Sun
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.
Oklahoma hosts the fourth annual OU Invitational March 9 and 10 on
the Oklahoma River.
Schedule | OKC
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.
AND SCHEDULE FORMAT
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.
morning's session begins at 8 a.m., with OU's races commencing at
afternoon's first race is at 2:30 p.m. The Sooners and Minnesota
square off for six races beginning at 4:20.
OU Invite concludes Sunday morning, and Oklahoma meets Kansas in
the middle group of races at 10:20 a.m. ABOUT
2013 spring schedule features races against top teams from the ACC,
Big 12, Big Ten, Pac 12 and SEC.
Sooners are under the direction of head coach Leeanne Crain, in
her fifth season at Oklahoma.
is coming off a second-place finish at the 2012 Big 12 Championship
2013 season marks the fifth year that rowing has been a varsity
sport at OU. OU ROWING CENTRAL
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