Regatta notebook: OU upsets Stanford

BY ED GODFREY Staff Writer Published: October 1, 2011

The University of Oklahoma women's varsity eight pulled a huge upset Saturday night by nipping the powerhouse Stanford varsity crew in the women's collegiate eight 500-meter night sprints.

The Sooners crossed the finish line in 1:30.440. Stanford crossed in 1:30.622.

Boomer Sooner on the water

The family members of OU crew member Rebecca Winchester each wore an OU football jersey with the number 86 at Saturday's Head of the Oklahoma Regatta.

That's because Rebecca's brother is James Winchester, who plays for the Sooners' football team.

“I do my thing and he does his thing and at the end of the day we are proud of each other,” Rebecca said.

“He thinks rowing is pretty cool. I am anxious to get him out in a boat. I want to teach him how to row and see if he can handle it.”

Rowing uniforms do not have numbers and that is a sore point for Rebecca's father, Mike Winchester.

“My dad is pretty upset that we don't have a number,” she said. “He thinks they should put numbers on the back (of rowing uniforms) so he can wear my number around. He doesn't get the whole seat thing.”

Crew members are identified by their seat positions, not numbers, in rowing.

Water pump can't stop Canadian coach

The head coach of the Winnipeg Rowing Club wasn't sure he was going to make it to the Head of the Oklahoma with the Canadian boats when his water pump went out near Yankton, S.D.

But Brent Figg found a mechanic who was able to locate a used water pump from a salvage yard. And it only cost him $50.

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