Oklahoma Regatta: A wrong turn led Liz Mathews to Oklahoma City University

While on a recruiting visit to Central Oklahoma, Liz Mathews walked into the wrong boathouse. For Mathews, the confusion turned out to be life changing.
by Trent Shadid Published: October 6, 2013
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While on a recruiting visit to Central Oklahoma, Liz Mathews walked into the wrong boathouse.

It was a simple mistake that could easily be made by anyone on their first visit to the Boathouse District along the Oklahoma River.

But for Mathews, the confusion turned out to be life changing.

“I was in Devon (Boathouse) instead of Chesapeake,” said Mathews, not realizing the Devon Boathouse is home to the Oklahoma City University rowing team. “I was asking around for the (UCO) coaches and then the coach at OCU said, ‘Oh, you're at the wrong boathouse, let me walk you across the street' and on our way she told me a lot of things I liked about their school.”

Once Mathews returned home to Wichita, Kan., she began researching her new college option.

“It's funny that I found out about OCU that way,” she said. “Then once I saw they also had a great nursing program, which is my major now, I kind of realized (OCU) was what I was looking for.”

The decision has turned out to be a good one. Now a junior at OCU, Mathews is beginning to make a name for herself with success on the water.

“Being in Oklahoma City has given me a lot of great opportunities with rowing,” Mathews said. “Because of the resources here, I was able to go to the U-23 National Team trials last summer. We also have a lot of world famous athletes coming through, and I can always ask them questions, so it's just a great place to learn the sport.”

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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
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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