On February 13, student-athletes from the Tulsa Youth Rowing Association competed in the C.R.A.S.H-B World Indoor Rowing Championship. The event allowed participants from all over the world to compete virtually in real-time over a race distance of 2000m.
Caroline Briggs (Holland Hall) rowed in the Women’s Under-19 event posting a time of 7:30.5 which resulted in a 13th place finish in a field of 84 athletes.
“C.R.A.S.H.-B was a really fun way to kickstart our spring season! Everyone on the team gave it their all and it was a chance to show how hard we had worked during the winter by having eight personal bests overall! It was fun seeing everyone together again competing and cheering on each other!” said Briggs of her team’s efforts.
Other TYRA athletes posted strong finishes in the event posting personal best times.
Julia Krutz (Lincoln Christian) – 26th place overall Women’s U17 2k- 8:02.0 (PR)
Emory Oakes (Lincoln Christian) – 32nd place overall Women’s U17 2k- 8:10.5 (PR)
Halee McMahan (Booker T. Washington) – 21st place overall Women’s U17 2k- 7:52.7 (PR)
Taylor Korb (Owasso) – 58th place overall Women’s U19 2k- 8:24.4 (PR)
Sam Derricott (Owasso) – 53rd place overall Men’s U19 2k- 6:57.2 (PR)
“It was so awesome to see all of these athletes race so hard at the C.R.A.S.H.-B Indoor National Championship virtual event. Most members of the team are novices, joining us pretty recently – just this summer for our fall season, and some even joined us in January during our winter training season. Therefore, to see such awesome results is very encouraging. Every single athlete who raced or completed their 2000-meter piece beforehand set a new Personal Record, which is definitely not something you see every day. Seeing all of the kids improving together is a true testament to their teamwork and their accountability with each other; it means that when they get in a boat together, they are all pulling as hard as they can for their teammates. As a coach, there really isn’t too much more I could ask for. I am very impressed with how far our athletes have come in just over a semester, and I am looking forward to seeing all of the kids continue their journey in rowing and developing as athletes and people. Full speed ahead to Heart of Texas in Austin!” said TYRA Head Coach Valentino Angelini.
TYRA will open its competitive spring season on the water at the Heart of Texas regatta in Austin, TX, February 26-27, followed by a scrimmage with regional crews in OKC over spring break, all towards a strong finish at the USRowing Central Youth Championships, May 7-8, in OKC. For more information and registration for programs please visit https://camperregsecure.com/tulsayouthrowing/