“She had an outstanding four year career at OU,” Crain said. “We take great pride in recruiting the best of the best around the country, but it is extra special when we can keep the top local talent right here.”
In addition to Oklahomans, OU's freshman class includes athletes from California, New Jersey, Florida, Missouri, Texas, Kansas, and one rower from Canada.
“Now that we've established ourselves as a top 20 program, we're starting to draw some high level recruits, which is exciting,” Crain said.
The Sooners finished the 2013 spring season by placing 17th at the NCAA Championships. It was OU's first time to qualify for the NCAA's. The Sooners graduated 14 seniors from that team but Crain says OU has a dynamic freshman class.
“We've only been on the water for a couple of weeks so we still have a lot of work to do from a technical standpoint, but I like what I'm seeing,” she said. “This team has great energy and the expectations are higher than they've ever been.”
Wullschleger was recruited by several universities but her final choice came down to Clemson or OU. Clemson has more tradition than OU in rowing, but Wullschleger was sold on the idea of helping to build a legacy for the Sooners.
“OU was actually the last school that I looked at,” she said. “I didn't want to look at it because it was in Oklahoma and I kinda wanted to leave (the state). But I liked the fact I could be a part of something that was going to be big.”