September 24, 2012

2012 Olympians to Compete in OCU Head of the Oklahoma

Prendes, LaCava, Newell, and Fahden at the London Olympics
The Oklahoma City University Head of the Oklahoma returns to the Boathouse District at the Oklahoma River, Sept. 29-30, 2012, with all the excitement you’ve come to expect from Oklahoma’s premier regatta. The race is held as part of the Oklahoma Regatta Festival, a four-day event running September 27-30.

Oklahoma City National High Performance Center athletes and 2012 Olympians, Tom Peszek, Robin Prendes, and Will Newell are scheduled to compete in Saturday's racing. Peszek represented the United States in London in the Men's Pair with Silas Stafford while Prendes and Newell competed in the Lightweight Men's Four with Anthony Fahden and Nick LaCava.

The event will also feature members of the 2012 World Championship team that competed in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in August. Will Daly and Greg Flood from the Lightweight Men's Pair, Michelle Sechser from the Lightweight Women's Quad, Blaise Didier, Stephen Young and Justin Stangel from the Men's Pair with Coxswain are entered in events to take place on Saturday.

Other notable competitors include 3 time US National Team member Kate Bertko and four time US National Team Member and World Record Holder in the Under 23 Women's Pair, Grace Luczak. Past National Team members Ryan Monaghan, Christian Klein, Daniel Kiranne, Max Goff, Jen Forbes, Kelly Pierce, Henry Cole, Kat Schiro, Frank Petrucci will also represent USRowing Training Center - OKC at the event.

The OCU Head of the Oklahoma includes 2.5 mile head racing during the day with key races acting as qualifiers for the 500m OGE Night Sprints Saturday evening. Events include collegiate, masters, and junior rowing as well as kayak and dragon boat racing.

The Oklahoma Regatta Festival kicks off Thursday and Friday evenings, 6-10 pm, with the OG&E Night Sprints featuring Corporate Rowing and Dragon Boat League racing. Racing continues throughout the day on Saturday with festival activities including live music, great food, the Olympic Experience, a children’s area and inflatable zone. Each evening will end with athletes and spectators enjoying fireworks over the river.

Cheer for local favorites – Oklahoma City University, University of Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Tulsa plus OKC RIVERSPORT masters and juniors – as well as some of the top teams from across the country.

OKC National High Performance Center to Host USRowing Fall Midwest Speed Order

With Fall season training underway, athletes at the Oklahoma City National High Performance Center look ahead to the 2012-2013 rowing season. The opportunity to compete against the countries best rowers will be available when the training center plays to host for the 2012 USRowing Fall Speed Order on November 17 to 18.

The speed order will consist of a 6k erg test on Concept 2 fixed ergometers at the Devon Boathouse. Results from the 6k test will determine the start order for Sunday's on-water 4000 meter head race on the Oklahoma River. Lightweight athletes will only be required to weigh in one time during the event, before the erg test on Saturday. No weigh-in will be required for Sunday's racing.

Sunday's racing will include the following events: Men's Pair, Lightweight Men's Pair, Lightweight Men's Single, Lightweight Women's Single, Men's Single, Women's Single.

See below for more information:

2012 USRowing Fall Midwest Speed Order
November 17-18, 2012
Devon Boathouse

725 S Lincoln Blvd

Oklahoma City, OK 73129
Events: M2-, LM2-, M1X, W1X, LM1X, LW1X

Saturday: 6k erg test on Concept 2 (Fixed) *Please note: Everyone is expected to participate in the 6k erg test in order to compete Sunday on the water. Times from the 6k will determine the start order for Sunday's racing. Lightweight athletes will only be required to weigh in one time during the event, before the erg test on Saturday. No weigh-in will be required for Sunday's racing.
Sunday: M2-, LM2-, LM1x, LW1x, M1x, W1x (On Water Distance: Approximately 4,000 meters)

Boat Storage/Launching
Boat Storage/Launching: Racks located outside of the Devon Boathouse, landing and retrieving from the Devon Boathouse docks.

Practice: NOON - 5pm Friday; 9 am - NOON and 3 pm - 5 pm Saturday

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Noon: Athlete Meeting (a representative from each boat must be present or the entry will be scratched) will be held on the 2nd floor of the Devon Boathouse. There will be signs to direct you.

6k Ergometer will also be held at the Devon Boathouse.

******Tentative depending on entries
6k Erg Tests (Start order for on-water racing will come from 6k results)
1:15 pm: Flight #1
2:15 pm: Flight #2
3:15 pm: Flight #3
4:15 pm: Flight #4
TBA: Flight #5 (if necessary)

3:00-5:00 pm: Course open for practice.

Sunday, November 18, 2011

******Tentative depending on entries

8:00 am: Flight #1

9:15 am: Flight #2

***Timing will be provided by OKC High Performance Center Coaching Staff. This is an informal racing opportunity for athletes. Results from both the 6K ergometer and on water racing will have no impact on selection for 2013.

Weigh-ins will be conducted on Saturday Nov. 17 for the ergometer piece only at the Devon Boathouse. Lightweights will need to weigh-in 1 - 2 hours before their scheduled ergometer piece.

FISA Max Rules: Light Men - 72.5 kg; Light Women - 59kg. If an athlete fails to make weight, they will be allowed to race in the heavyweight event.

Registration Information
Register online through Regatta Central at
Entry Fee: $30 per person
Registration deadline: Friday, November 9, 2012, MIDNIGHT (PST)
USRowing membership is required: visit to renew or join.

Contact information:
Please contact Stephen Young with any questions.

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