Race and Regatta Results

9/28/13 - Class Race

10/5/2013 - Head of the Oklahoma
Shocker Rowing at the Head of the OK. Novice Men with the Gold! Great day of learning and racing at the Head of the OKC. Men 4+ second in the Night Sprints and 8+ sixth in the Night Sprints. Women have a solid day with better results across the board compared to last year. Also, nice finishes in the Night Sprint Petite Finals.

10/20/2013 - Jayhawk Jamboree

11/3/2013 - Frostbite

11/9/2013 - KU Challenge

2/8/2014 - Shocker Sprints

3/15/2014 - OCU Opening Day Regatta

3/22/2014 - Northwestern State vs. Oklahoma City U., Wichita State, Kansas State, Tulane

4/5/2014 - Oklahoma City University Classic

4/5-6/2014 - San Diego Crew Classic

Great trip to the San Diego Crew Classic for Shocker Rowing! Special thanks to everyone who donated to this event and helped make it possible. There is NO way we would have been able to attend without the generous support of everyone who donated.

Saturday brought the qualifying heats and saw both crews advance to their respective grand finals. The men finished third out of eight in their heat from lane 8. The women, racing from lane 4, finished .1 seconds out of second place and finished third of the eight crews in their heat.

Sunday saw an increase in the winds and it was a direct cross from port to starboard so the higher numbered lanes saw more chop. The men raced from lane 6 and had a tough go of it. They rowed hard but were only able to come away with a 6th place finish. The women raced in lane 5 of the eight crews. The final was stacked at six of the eight crews were ranked in the top ten nationally in their respective divisions. The women finished a close 4th behind three ranked programs. However, they did finish ahead of NCAA DII 5th ranked U of California San Diego, and ACRA nationally ranked 7th Orange Coast College and 5th U California Davis.

Overall, it was a tremendous experience for our athletes and program.

4/18/2014 - SIRA - Day One
4/19/2014 - SIRA - Day Two

4/26/2014 - StrOklahoma

5/24-25/2014 - ACRA National Championship

Shocker Rowing capped off the spring season at the ACRA National Championships. This year saw the largest number of entries ever for the championship and extremely tough competition.

The team was well represented in several events at the regatta. Entries were placed in the Men’s 1x, Women’s Novice 4+, Men’s Novice 4+, Men’s Varsity 4+, Men’s Varsity 8+ and Women’s Varsity 8+.

Our Men’s 1x finished second in the ‘C’ Final, it was a solid performance for a lightweight novice rower in a deep field. Also in the ‘C’ Final was our Men’s Varsity 4+, they also finished a solid second. The crew was a mix of varsity and novice rowers so we have high expectations for them and our 1x rower next year as they gain more experience.

The Women’s Novice 4+ finished a tough 3rd in the Petite Final, after a strong medaling finish at SIRA we had high expectations. There is no doubt they learned much from the experience and will bring it to the varsity next year. One of the toughest events is the Men’s Varsity 8+ and our guys were tested to their limit. Overall they finished 2nd in the ‘D’ Final.

Coming off of a silver medal at SIRA we knew our Men’s Novice 4+ had the speed to compete if they put the work in and put together a great row on race day. They put out solid rows in both the heat and semi to put themselves in the Grand Final. The Grand was a fight all the way down the course and it saw us finish 6th, only .2 seconds out of 4th. At that level the margins are so tight, there is no room for any mistakes. Our guys learned a lot and will be ready to take it to the next level in 2015.

The last race of the season for us was the Women’s Varsity 8+, which was appropriate as they led the way all season with a top 10 national ranking. A solid heat row put them in the Grand Final where they finished a program high of 5th. Each of the past two years they have been closing ground on the top teams and with dedication they have the potential in 2015 to finally catch that top tier.