TYRA Finishes Fall Season With Strong Performances

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This past fall, the TYRA competitive team reaped the benefits of its hard work with notable performances at the Music City Head Race in Nashville, TN, and the Waco Rowing Regatta in Waco, TX.

Following an impressive silver medal placing at the Head of the Oklahoma, Halee McMahan (Booker T. Washington) and Emory Oakes (Lincoln Christian) stormed down the course in Nashville to earn a 1st place finish in the women’s double and another gold medal finish in Waco in the Women’s U17 double.

“It felt good to be on the water and compete in Waco and Nashville for the first time. I was excited and even surprised about my results after each race, which encouraged me to go even harder on the next race. Despite some of the windy conditions, I still had a great time. I’m looking forward to the spring season!” said McMahan of her performances.

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McMahan added to her Gold medal with a silver medal in the Women’s Junior 1x in Nashville, with TYRA’s Caroline Briggs (Holland Hall) placing 5th in a competitive field in the same event. Halee McMahan also won the Gold medal in Waco in the Women’s U17 singles, with Oakes in a respectable 4th place.

On the men’s side, Sam Derricott (Owasso) and Luke Brightmire (Bishop Kelley) TYRA placed 6th in the men’s youth double in Nashville and the same position in Waco. We look forward to the further development of this double.

The men’s youth novice four kept to their winning ways, winning a bronze medal in Nashville and stepping up once more to win a silver medal in Waco! The crew consisted of Will Johns (Bixby), Oliver Cornelius (Carver), Joey Pace (Owasso), Jacob McKinny (Bixby), and Coxswain El Tucker (Booker T. Washington).

Waco marked the third successive regatta where the men’s youth novice four won a medal this fall. This was an impressive debut for these young men, and we look forward to the future as their rowing career progresses.

“TYRAs fall 2022 season was something that we can be proud of. At every regatta we attended, we consistently finished very well against crews in our region, as well as crews from other regions in the US. I’m very proud of how our athletes represented our team and our city throughout this fall season. We are looking forward to what the spring season brings our way!” said TYRA Head Coach Valentino Angelini.

TYRA looks to start its spring season on February 4th in Dallas, TX, competing at the SWEAT Indoor Rowing Competition at the Jesuit School.

For those interested in trying the sport, please get in touch with us at info@okrowing.org.