Rowing Athletes

RIVERSPORT’S OKC 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.

OKC National High Performance Center Athlete Bios 

Year-round High Performance Training Program

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The OKC National High Performance Center provides a comprehensive program for Senior-level men and women, lightweight and heavyweight, to become successful oarsmen. The center is a state-of-the-art training facility, focused on developing and training world-class rowers in small boats including the single, pair and double. The Center will support athletes in Olympic-class Trials and National Team selection.

Qualification Criteria
Minimum 2 year sculling experience
Minimum 3 years overall rowing experience
Erg scores based on current National Team Testing Time Standards
Previous racing performance, priority place on sculling events
Potential to meet U.S. National Team standards
Coach recommendations
Compatible with the National High Performance Center culture of excellence 

Monday-Friday 6:45 – 9:30am, afternoon workout generally on your own; Saturday 7:00-11am. Sunday off. This will vary during racing season. 100% participation in training schedule (10-12 sessions/week) is expected.

Program Overview
At the Center, athletes will be given the tools that they need to succeed. The program includes physical training including rowing, erging, RP3, biking, running, weightlifting; technical training on the water, video analysis and workshops designed to educate athletes on the fundamental mechanics of the rowing stroke; mental training with team psychologist and workshops to help guide athletes toward optimal experience. Education in nutrition, weight management, strategy are among some of the other key components that the Center offers.

Erg Guidelines

Senior: 2k – 6:10, 6k – 19:40 Senior: 2k – 7:05, 6k – 22:10 
Sr Lwt: 2k – 6:20, 6k – 20:20 Sr Lwt: 2k – 7:15, 6k – 22:40  
U23: 2k – 7:15, 6k – 22:40 U23:  2k – 7:15, 6k – 22:40
Lwt U23: 2k – 6:28, 6k – 20:50Lwt U23: 2k – 7:25, 6k – 23:20

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

Gap Year Training
Want to row in college, but need more time to prepare?

Athletes may not always be ready to start college right after graduating from high school, for many reasons. Our program offers high school graduates the opportunity to train for one year before they enter college. The training program will prepare athletes for the rigors of collegiate rowing, physically and mentally. The training program can also be balanced with part time work, an internship, volunteering, or online classes. This opportunity prepares athletes to be a more successful student-athlete. Contact us for more information.