OCU's Kathryn Schiro wins five gold medals, one bronze at Head of the Oklahoma Regatta

BY ED GODFREY Staff Writer egodfrey@opubco.com Modified: October 2, 2011 at 5:58 pm •  Published: October 2, 2011

Five gold medals and one bronze.

That is what Oklahoma City University rower Kathryn Schiro earned in six races at the Head of the Oklahoma Regatta Saturday and Sunday on the Oklahoma River.

Schiro, 22, is OCU's top female rower and an Olympic hopeful. She has a goal of winning a sport on the United States' 2016 Olympic team.

“I want to go to the Olympics someday,” Schiro said Sunday after winning her fifth gold. “A lot of people suggested or hinted that maybe I should try and go for 2012 (Olympic Games), but I want to finish school.”

Schiro already represented the United States last summer when she earned a spot on the national under-23 team and competed with OCU teammate Jane Imfeld at the U23 World Championships in Amsterdam.

“That is a big achievement,” said OCU women's rowing coach Melanie Borger.

Schiro and Imfeld were part of the U.S. lightweight women's quad that finished sixth in the grand final.

Making the under-23 team often is a steppingstone to making the U.S. senior national team and competing in the Olympics and in world championships in non-Olympic years, Borger said.

“Kat definitely has the potential to make a senior national team in the future,” she said. “On the water in her singles, she occasionally beats many of the women on the senior team.”

Schiro, a junior from Huntsville, Ala., won the women's single sculls event at the prestigious Dad Vail Collegiate Championship in May.

“That was pretty significant for me,” Schiro said of the victory. “It just showed all the hard work I had put in that year.”

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