The Tulsa Youth Rowing Association had a successful out in Oklahoma City last weekend, competing in the Head of the Oklahoma. This is a series of 4,000-meter races, made more challenging still because the course winds its way through 9 road bridges above. The club won two bronzes medal and fared well against competition coming from as far as California, Colorado and all over the Midwest.
In the women’s Junior Singles, Halee McMahan (Booker T. Washington) and Emory Oakes (Lincoln Christian) finished 6th and 8th, respectively, in a field of nearly two dozen scullers.
“We gave it our all at this year’s Head of The Oklahoma. We have new team members and new lineups; everyone raced hard. Halee and I battled in our women’s youth 2x against some great athletes and were pleased with our time. We’ve got a month of training before the next regatta, and we will do the work in hopes of better results.” said Team Captain Emory Oakes
Blair Klingeman placed 9th in the Women’s Under 17 singles and third winning the bronze medal in the parent-child double, racing with her father, Matt Klingeman.
In the women’s quad boat, the quartet of Halee McMahan (Booker T. Washington), Leighton Warren (Home School), Blair Klingeman (Booker T. Washington), and Emory Oakes (Lincoln Christian) placed third in the 500-meter petite final, a sprint race held under the lights..
In the men’s Under-17 double, Will Johns and Andrew Johns placed 7th in a competitive field.
In the women’s youth double, Halee McMahan and Emory Oakes placed 6th out of a field of 22 boats, finishing just 2 seconds behind the bronze medal.
In TYRA Alumni news, Max Tucker (now rowing with Colorado State University) rowed to a 1st place in the men’s open lightweight single, 3rd place in the men’s open double, and 4th place in the men’s open grand final night sprints.
TYRA’s season continues this fall with the Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, TN, on November 4th and 5th. The Head of the Hooch is the second-most attended Fall season rowing race on the USRowing national calendar, with more than 180 youth club, collegiate club, and collegiate varsity teams entered.