OKLA. CITY —
The OKC Riversport rowing team will be on the Oklahoma River today and Sunday to defend its district title of the past three years.
OKC Riversport is looking to qualify as many boats for nationals in Lake Natoma, Calif., June 13-14 located just outside Sacramento.
The district includes Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Colorado and Arkansas.
Last year OKC Riversport placed 12th nationally in Oakridge, Tenn.
The top two in each of the 14 events in boys and girls qualify for nationals with the 8-man boat being the biggest event.
“We’ve got 140 kids on the team,” head coach Jim Anderson said. “We’re one of the largest teams in our district and we have high expectations.
“They’ve been training six days a week since Sept. 1.”
This weekend approximately 800 athletes will be competing that will include 117 races going off every eight minutes.
Locals competing in the varsity boat are Edmond Santa Fe’s Sarah Ondak and Madison Knight.
Santa Fe’s Bailey Otto will be competing in novice and has already signed for a rowing scholarship to Kansas State University. Hannah Naylor will join her and she has signed a letter of intent with the University of Central Oklahoma.
Edmond North’s Andrew Bormann is in the varsity boat and will row at the University of Oklahoma next fall.
Jordan Arlan, from Edmond Santa Fe, will be in the varsity lightweight boat as will Edmond Memorial’s Colton Goyer. James Vana, also from Memorial, will row in the varsity heavyweight boat.
Other local rowers from Deer Creek include Elayna Wilson, Brayden McPherson, Baylor McPherson and Morgan Newby.
From Memorial are Greg Olson, Addison Parker, Thaddeus Shores, Elysse Brenner, Megan Hudspeth, Heath Albert, Robert Gibbs, Mollie Epps and Anna Sewell.
From North are John Scheuplein, Danielle Garrett, George Alder, Billy Freniere, Stone Hail and Hilton Park.
From Santa Fe is Mark Zajack.
OKC RIVERSPORT is looking for a new novice team each season and offer summer camps. For more information, log onto www.boathousedistrict.org.