This year, Oklahoma announced plans for a multimillion dollar rowing facility on campus that will rival the likes of Harvard, Yale and other traditional rowing powers. Then the Sooners won the Big 12 Championships, and followed that with a Conference USA championship.
“She is just a really great coach,” Furmanek said of Crain. “She sees the dream before you do and she believes in you when you doubt yourself.”
From Day 1, Crain pushed her team in order to produce those results. She said she didn't want to sell her team and their goal short, but five years ago, the five-year plan was to make the NCAA Championships.
“I don't think anybody's expecting us to win the Championships,” Crain said. “We haven't raced a lot of teams that will be there. We'll see what we can do.”
That didn't stop her from dreaming up her next five-year plan a minute later. It's to be in the top 10 at the Championships and to be a crew that the rest of the field sees as a national title contender.
NCAA Rowing Championships
Where: Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis
OU crews competing: Varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four