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Head of Oklahoma regatta: OKC RIVERSPORT tops medal count

Local teams dominate on the Oklahoma River. Following RIVERSPORT was Oklahoma City University and OKC National High Performance Center.
by Ed Godfrey Published: September 30, 2012

Oklahoma City area rowing teams were the biggest winners at the Head of the Oklahoma regatta, which concluded Sunday on the Oklahoma River.

OKC RIVERSPORT captured 37 medals (seven gold, 16 silver and 14 bronze). Oklahoma City University was second with 24 (six gold, 10 silver and 8 bronze).

Finishing third was the OKC National High Performance Center with 22 (10 gold, 9 silvers and 3 bronze).

FOR YOUNG AND OLD

The oldest participant in the Head of the Oklahoma was Lee Smith, 78, from Fort Worth, Texas, who raced in three events and rowed 15 miles in two days.

Smith is a member of the Fort Worth Rowing Club.

Linda Barry, 63, from OKC RIVERSPORT, was the oldest female participant. She also raced in three events and rowed 15 miles during the regatta.

TEXAS WELL-REPRESENTED AT REGATTA

The state of Texas had 274 entries in the Head of the Oklahoma regatta followed by Oklahoma with 258.

Next on the list was Kansas with 101, Colorado with 29 and Manitoba, Canada, with 25.

STAR-CROSSED ROWER

Esther Lofgren met President Barack Obama at the White House last month with the rest of the gold-medal winning United States women's eight crew.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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