Rowing Athletes

The USRowing National High Performance Center has provided training opportunities for a number of athletes who’ve gone on to compete on the world stage, including Pan American Games, World Championships and the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games

Most recently in the 2016 Olympic Games, OKC rowers Tony Fahden, Mix King, Tyler Nase and Robin Prendes competed in the men’s lightweight four, and rowers Ellen Tomek & Megan O’Leary raced in the women’s double sculls. Rowers who have previously trained in Oklahoma City include Grace Luczak, who competed in the women’s pair, along with Devery Karz & Kate Bertko, who competed in the women’s lightweight double sculls. 

Current USRowing National High Performance Center Athlete Bios

2018 U23/U21/U19 Summer Sculling Program

June 10-July 29
USRowing National High Performance Center
Boathouse District, Oklahoma City

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The USRowing National High Performance Center is hosting a Summer Program for highly-motivated U23, U21 and U19 athletes. This program provides framework for developing and improving small boat skills and race performance. Through intensive technical work, focused training and racing, athletes will build their stroke and refine their approach to competition. This program is for athletes who have the long term goals of competing in World Championships and the Olympic Games.

Program: Coaches select athletes based on rowing experience/accomplishments, erg scores, and recommendations. Practices consist primarily of rowing, supplemented with erg work, cross-training, core strengthening and lifting. Weekly program workshops will focus on nutrition, sports psychology, biomechanics and goal setting. Racing includes Club National Championships and U23/U19 Worlds Trials (for top boats)*.

Program Goal: Provide athletes with comprehensive training, education and racing experience in order to promote long-term USRowing National Team success.  

Erg Standards:

High Performance Group:


U23:  2k – 6:10, 6k – 20:10
Lightweight U23:  2k – 6:22 and 6k – 20:50
U19:  2k – 6:25, 6k – 21:10


U23: 2k – 7:10, 6k – 22:40
Lightweight U23: 2k – 7:20 and 6k – 23:10
U19:  2k – 7:20, 6k – 23:20

Development Group:


U23:  2k – 6:15, 6k – 20:30
Lightweight U23:  2k – 6:30 and 6k – 21:10
U21:  2k – 6:20, 6k – 20:45
Lightweight U21:  2k – 6:35 and 6k – 21:25
U19:  2k – 6:32, 6k – 21:38


U23: 2k – 7:20, 6k – 23:00
Lightweight U23: 2k – 7:30 and 6k – 23:30
U21: 2k – 7:25, 6k – 23:10
Lightweight U21: 2k – 7:35 and 6k – 23:45
U19:  2k – 7:30, 6k – 23:50

The U21 category has been added to provide 19-20 year-old athletes with racing opportunities at the Intermediate level, and prepare these athletes for subsequent U23 camps and Trials.

Schedule: Monday-Friday, AM and PM sessions, Saturday AM session. Sunday off.


• Stars & Stripes Regatta, Oklahoma City, OK: June 23 (2k race and 500m Night Sprints)

• U19 World Championships Trials, Mercer Lake, NJ: June 26-30

• U23 World Championships Trials, Mercer Lake, NJ: TBD by Jan. 31

• USRowing Club National Championships, Camden, NJ:  July 11-15

• World Rowing Under 23 Championships, Poznan, Poland, July 20-23 (Trial Winners)

• World Rowing Junior Championships, Racice, Czech Republic, August 8-12 (Trial Winners)

*Optional:  Canadian Henley, St. Catharine’s, ON: August 5-12. For those athletes who do not win Trial events, but wish to continue training, there will be the option to also compete at Canadian Henley, at the additional cost of $300 (OKC expenses and entries/boat rental in Canada). This does not include travel to Canada.

Costs:  Program fee for the summer is $650 (including $200 non-refundable deposit) and includes housing, coaching, equipment, and race entry fees, boat transport fees. Lunch is also provided at the training center Monday-Friday. Race travel, nationally and internationally, and incidentals are the responsibility of the athlete. Trial Winners will receive scholarships to offset USRowing fees.

Requirements: Complete the Medical History questions included in the USRowing submission form. Submit a copy of a 12-lead ECG to USRowing by June 10. Athletes who have an eligible ECG on file with USRowing do not need to resubmit anything to USRowing until their ECG expires. ECGs are valid for 3 calendar years. Submit a completed physical form, signed by a doctor, dated in 2018 or later. 

Race Travel:  Responsibility of the athletes and parents to make arrangements for athlete travel and accommodations. Equipment will be transported by OKC NHPC staff. 

Coaching Staff: Reilly Dampeer, Marci Robles, Matt Oclander, with support from other high level coaches.

Application deadline is March 20, 2018.

For additional information, please email Reilly Dampeer, Head Coach and High Performance Program Manager. 

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 season

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Program Basics:

Small boat development for men and women. Program provides a comprehensive and individualized program for U19, U23 and Senior-level men and women to become world-class athletes. 

Erg Guidelines:

Senior: 2k – 6:10, 6k – 19:40
U23:  2k – 6:15, 6k – 20:10
Lightweight U23:  2k – 6:24 and 6k – 20:50
Junior:  2k – 6:36, 6k – 21:20

Senior: 2k – 7:05, 6k – 22:10
U23: 2k – 7:15, 6k – 22:40
Lightweight U23: 2k – 7:25 and 6k – 23:20
Junior: 2k – 7:30, 6k – 24:20 

Schedule: Monday-Friday, AM1, AM2 and PM sessions, Saturday AM1 & AM2 sessions. Sunday off.


Targeted regattas are based on athletes’ abilities and could range from Club Nationals, National Selection Regattas, Henley Royal Regatta and World Cups. The ultimate goal of the program is to development athletes for the Olympic podium.