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

2019 U23/U19 Summer Training Program

June 11 – July 20, 2019
USRowing National High Performance Center
Oklahoma City, OK

The USRowing National High Performance Center is hosting a Summer Program for highly-motivated U23 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.

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

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


•  Stars & Stripes Regatta (incl. 500m Night Sprints), OKC, OK: June 29 (All Athletes)
•  U19/U23 World Championships Trials, Mercer Lake, NJ: July 7-10  (High Performance Group)
•  USRowing Club National Championships, Cincinnati, OH:  July 9-14 (Development Group)
•  World Rowing Under 23 Championships, Sarasota, FL, July 24-28 (Trial Winners)
•  World Rowing Junior Championships, Tokyo, Japan, August 8-11 (Trial Winners)

Optional:  Canadian Henley, St. Catharine’s, ON: August 6-11. For those athletes who 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 $500 (coaching, equipment, and race entry fees, boat transport fees).

Housing fee: $600. Shared furnished apartments (same gender only) at Oklahoma City University.

Lunch is also provided at the training center Monday-Thursday. Race travel, nationally and internationally, and incidentals are the responsibility of the athlete. Trial Winners will receive scholarships to offset USRowing fees. 


Race Travel:  Responsibility of the athletes and parents to make arrangements for athlete travel and accommodations. To be discussed after application has been accepted. Equipment will be transported by OKC NHPC staff. 

Stewardship:  The OKC Boathouse Foundation is the program’s host for the summer and will provide facilities, as well as boats, oars, coaching launches and equipment. Participating athletes are guests of the boathouse and are required to act as mature and respectful athletes at the boathouse and while representing the OKC National High Performance Center at races. 

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 – 6:18, 6k – 20:40
Lightweight U23:  2k – 6:35 and 6k – 21:30
U21:  2k – 6:20, 6k – 20:50
Lightweight U21:  2k – 6:40 and 6k – 21:50
U19:  2k – 6:32, 6k – 21:40


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. 

Apply online – Deadline is April 10, 2018

For questions please email Reilly Dampeer.

Learn more about additional Youth Rowing opportunities available in the Oklahoma City Boathouse District.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2019 season

 Apply Here

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.