June 15, 2012

OKC Rowers Qualify for 2012 Games in London; 6 rowers heading to Olympics; 2 heading to Paralympics

OKLAHOMA CITY – Two years after the Oklahoma City National High Performance Center opened in the Devon Boathouse, home of OCU rowing, eight OKC-based athletes have earned berths to represent the USA on the most coveted world stage.

Yesterday in West Windsor, New Jersey, rowers Tom Peszek and Silas Stafford raced to a first-place finish in the men’s pair in the Olympic Trials – Rowing to earn a spot on Team USA for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Earlier this month, OKC adaptive rowers Emma Preuschl and Andrew Johnson were named to the legs, trunks and arms four with coxswain crew that will represent the USA at the 2012 Paralympic Games.

In May, OKC’s lightweight four of Robin Prendes, Nick LaCava, Will Newell, and Anthony Fahden won their race at the 2012 Olympic Qualification Regatta, a last-chance qualification event for countries vying to earn slots to London in various rowing events. The OKC crew took one of two spots for London in their event, qualifying their boat class for the USA and earning spots on the team.

The rosters for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Rowing Teams are currently pending approval by the United States Olympic Committee and will be officially announced later this month.

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