Tulsa rowers capture the bronze at youth championships

The Tulsa Youth Rowing Association rowed to a bronze medal in the girls’ novice quads this month at the U.S. Rowing Central Youth Rowing Championships.

The crew featured Madi Bickle (Lincoln Christian), Ashlyn Calloway (home school), Callan McFadden (Holland Hall) and Maya Bulmer (Booker T. Washington).  The U.S.Rowing Central Youth Rowing Championships features the top crews from Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Nebraska. There were 23 different teams represented and over 400 entries.

“This is the biggest race of our season and our team rose to the occasion,” said Coach Neil Bergenroth. “Despite the fact that our boathouse was subject to an arson attack in January, we kept fighting and stayed positive. It’s a real testament to our organization from top to bottom that we are able to keep moving forward regardless of our setbacks.”

Additionally, the girls novice double of McFadden and Bulmer raced to a 4th place finish in a strong field of the top 21 crews in the region.

“I am so proud of my athletes, their confidence has grown so much over their first year of rowing. It’s really inspiring to see them accomplish so much,” said Tamara Clayton who is the girls novice coach at TYRA.

Iain Kazmierzcak (Booker T Washington) raced to a 5th place finish in the regional. The girls varsity eight finished 5th in a hard-fought race against the top teams in the region. In addition, the boys varsity eight finished 6th in a determined row in the finals yesterday. The club is gearing up for a busy summer season with week-long camps for 7th – 12th grade athletes that are looking to try the sport for the first time. Full information go to okrowing.org or contact info@okrowing.org.