Oklahoma Regatta Festival: OKC receives positive reviews internationally

With the world championships coming to Oklahoma City next year, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival served as a testing opportunity for rowers from around the world.
by Trent Shadid Published: October 6, 2013
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photo - People watch rowers from the Byers Street Bridge on the Oklahoma River during OCU Head of the Oklahoma & USRowing Masters National Head Race Championships, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Oklahoma City. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
People watch rowers from the Byers Street Bridge on the Oklahoma River during OCU Head of the Oklahoma & USRowing Masters National Head Race Championships, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Oklahoma City. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

With the world championships coming to Oklahoma City next year, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival served as a testing opportunity for rowers from around the world.

“We had participants from places like Canada, Great Britain, and Hungary, as well as officials from around the world,” said OCU coach Mike Knopp. “They were here to kind of evaluate the venue for next year's world championship and that went very well. We had some great reviews on the city and the venue.”

The event also featured several college programs from across the country, including traditional powerhouse Harvard.

“Harvard has been coming here since the first year we started doing this,” Knopp said. “I think it's a credit to this event that a program like theirs would keep coming back every year. They really enjoy this event at the collegiate level.”

MADDAMMA LEADS OCU MEN

OCU's Matthew Maddamma had strong performances during the Head of the Oklahoma Regatta over the weekend, taking home two gold medals.

The senior took first in the men's open lightweight single and collegiate single, placing ahead of two U.S. National Team members.

“I'm certainly pleased with how I did,” Maddamma said. “To get some gold medals at this event in my senior year is great. It was almost a repeat of what I did here last year so I don't know that this was very telling on how much speed I've gained this year. Overall, it is a good start to the season, and I think I'm on the right track.”


by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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