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May 23, 2013

Edmond Santa Fe's Taylor heading to Central Florida

Edmond contingent earns trip to rowing nationals

EDMOND — Danielle Taylor, fresh off a Central District Youth Rowing Championship victory on the Oklahoma River at the start of the month, followed up the success by signing a letter of intent in rowing with Central Florida at Edmond Santa Fe High School.

Though Santa Fe does not offer rowing as a team sport, Taylor competes for OKC Riversport on the Junior Crew which competes on the Oklahoma River.

Taylor missed her junior season due to an injury, but Coach Brian Ebke knew the Santa Fe athlete would be raring to go her senior season.

“She’s an extremely hard worker,” Ebke lauded. “Her work ethic is impeccable.”

Danielle was on the women’s varsity 8 boat, the premier boat in the competition for OKC Riversport.

The OKC Riversport Chesapeake Junior Crew wrapped up the qualifying for the national championships in 10 events at the 8th annual Central District Youth Rowing Championships in the Boathouse District May 4-5. The crew also won an additional nine non-championship events, as well as the women’s team, men’s team, and the overall team points trophies.

More than 700 athletes on 22 crews from Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas battled to represent the district in 18 events. The next stop is the 2013 U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships to be held June 7-9 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Other Edmond area rowers heading to nationals are Madison Knight (Santa Fe), Paige Stoner (Edmond Memorial), Maddie Wullschleger (Memorial), Luke Reynolds (Edmond North), Braden McPherson (Deer Creek), Ryan Tierney (Memorial) and Louis Baustert (Memorial).

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