Tulsa rowers bring home a total of 9 medals
Members of the Tulsa Rowing Club (TRC) won a national title at last weekend’s U.S. Rowing Master’s Nationals regatta in Oklahoma City. The crew of Janeann Taubel, Suzanne Dudding, Dione Sturd and Terry Bridges won the women’s Club “B” quad finals race in a photo finish to claim their title.
Sturd won two additional gold medals rowing in composite boats with rowers from other clubs.
In all, the Tulsa Rowing Club had 8 rowers participate in the annual regatta, which was held this year on the Oklahoma River near downtown Oklahoma City. Almost 90 teams from around the country competed, with participants ranging in age from 21 to 86. A “master’s” rower is any athlete over the age of 21, and crews average their age per boat to determine which age group they will compete in.
“We’re excited to have TRC do so well, especially since we had to overcome so many obstacles preparing for the regatta,” said TRC’s Dudding. “Because of the unseasonable low water conditions we often had to train at 4:45 a.m. on days we actually had water, and on weekends we would load up boats and head to the Port of Catoosa to practice.”
The Tulsa club won a total of nine medals at the national regatta. In addition to the three gold medals, Tulsa rowers also won three silver and three bronze medals. Tulsa medalists included:
Terry Bridges (gold, silver and two bronze medals), Suzanne Dudding (gold and two silver medals), Dione Sturd (three gold and two silver medals), and Janeann Taubel (gold and silver medals). Other Tulsa rowers competing in the four-day regatta were Sara Younger, Mary Ritchie, Scott Fujon and Jimmy Parker.
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About the Tulsa Rowing Club
The Tulsa Rowing Club is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 by Tulsan Charles Oliphant to promote the sport of rowing in Oklahoma. The club’s boathouse was dedicated in 1992 and serves as the home for more than 60 master’s rowers and 50 rowers in the Juniors program, which is made up of students from 12 area high schools.