OKC RIVERSPORT athletes won 35 medals at the 2012 USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint National and Masters Championships last weekend in Seattle. OKC RIVERSPORT captured 11 gold medals, 11 silver medals and 13 bronze medals.
Garrett Wampler became the first Chickasaw youth athlete to win a gold medal for OKC RIVERSPORT. Paddling with three members of the Seattle Canoe/Kayak Club in a race for ages 13 and younger, Wampler's team finished first in the 1,000-meter event.
The Chickasaw Nation started a youth league last year on the Oklahoma River.
Other first-place finishers from OKC RIVERSPORT included kayaker Dylan Puckett; kayaker Kaitlyn McElroy (three golds); Mia Overton in canoe; and kayaker Sherry Andrusiak (three individual golds in the Masters Championships, competition among adults in different age groups).
Andrusiak also partnered with Joe Jacobi, chief executive officer of Canoe/Kayak in Oklahoma City, to win a Mixed Masters event in kayaking. Jacobi also captured gold in a men's 500-meter kayaking race.
*Dylan Puckett of Jones was named to the United States team for the Olympic Hopes Regatta in Hungary on Sept. 14-16. Puckett made the squad based on his performance last weekend at the 2012 USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint National Championships in Seattle.
Puckett took first in the 1,000-meter race for ages 15 and younger. The Olympic Hopes Regatta will feature the top kayakers ages 16 and younger from around the world.
OKC RIVERSPORT coach Alison Derrick will serve as an assistant coach for the USA team.
STARS RANKED NO. 1
Defending NAIA champion Oklahoma City University was ranked No. 1 on Wednesday when Golf World released its men's preseason poll. The Stars, who have won eight national championships in program history, were the unanimous favorite. All-Americans James Marchesani and Michael Palmer return from last season's team, which overcame a four-shot deficit to beat Sooner Athletic Conference rival Oklahoma Christian for the national title.