Both boys and girls team place well in the team points competition.
On Saturday February 1st, 2014 the Tulsa Rowing Club competed in the South West Ergometer Amateur Tournament held in Dallas, TX. The club performed exceptionally well in both the adult and junior categories. This indoor rowing event features events for different age and weight categories. Individual athletes compete over two thousand meters on Concept 2 rowing machines and try to record the fastest time possible in their age and experience categories. At the close of racing, the team had won six medals and also placed well in other events with the majority of the team recording personal best times.
In the Women’s High School Freshman Augustine 8th grader Rose Stewart-Maddox rowed to a silver place finish with a time of 7:48. Zoe Latham (University School) placed 9th in the same division, an impressive result for a 7th grader. Ashlyn Johnson (BTW) placed 5th in womens novice with a time of 7:58.3. The varsity girls team continued to build on these performances, placing 19th and 20th because of strong personal best rows by Nicole Baumann (Bishop Kelly) and Madison Moon (Jenks).
In the Men’s Junior Coxswain event, Cascia Hall Sophomore Chris Ferrari placed 4th in a time of 7:35.3. Flint was closely followed by fellow teammates Jack Sadler (BTW) and Josh Murry (Lincoln Christian) who placed 7th and 11th the same event.
In the Men’s High School Freshman Category, Iain Kazmierczak (BTW) won the gold medal in a personal best time of 6:43.3. Shane Lawson (Sand Springs) also finished well with a 5th place finish in men’s novice with a time of 7:11.0.
Holland Hall sophomore Jake Gile won the bronze medal in the mens junior lightweight category. This was the first time that the club had medalled in this category since it started to attend the completion.
At the end of the day, senior Cody Shafer (Union) rowed exceptionally well to a time of 6:33 in the junior men’s varsity finishing in the silver medal position.
Tulsa Rowing Club also fared well in the adult categories. In the Men’s Masters 30 to 39 age group category Neil Bergenroth won the gold medal in a time of 6:36.3. In addition, Arielle Tillou placed 2nd in the womens open category.
By the close of racing the team had placed 6th in the girls points trophy and 2nd in the boys points trophy standings.
“Today was a great day for Tulsa Rowing Club Juniors, we benefited from our hard work during the winter. We look to build on this solid team performance as we take to the water this spring,” said Head Coach Bergenroth. “The multitude of personal bests is a good indicator for future success this season.”
The club is currently recruiting 7th/8th grade and high school athletes looking to try the sport for the first time. For more information, please visit the club website at www.okrowing.org or contact Coach Bergenroth at firstname.lastname@example.org.