US Rowing National High Performance Center Athlete Bios

Karli Kirk

Karli Kirk

Karli Kirk

Stanford University ‘18, BS in Biomechanical Engineering. Karli was born in Alpine, TX and grew up dancing ballet and playing violin. With a host of new opportunities available in university, she walked on to the varsity rowing team sophomore year. After a 4th place team finish at the NCAA National Championships in 2018, she moved to Washington D.C. to continue training while working towards a master’s degree in computer science. With her sights on the future, Karli has stepped up her training to join the OKC High Performance team with the goal of competing internationally on the US National Team.

Cameron Kumagai

Cameron Kumagai

Cameron Kumagai

Hobart College BA ‘22. Hailing from Lafayette California, Cameron started his rowing career in eighth grade with Oakland Strokes. At Oakland, Cameron won a silver medal at Youth National Championships in the Men’s Eight. While at Hobart, Cameron participated in the OKC National High Performance center development camps each summer and was invited to join the team after graduating. Most recently, Cameron competed in the 2022 Coastal World Championships in Great Britain. He finished 12th overall in the Mixed Double Sculls. Cameron is hopeful to further his rowing career and one day compete as a member of the U.S. National Team.

Kelli Vandermoer

Kelli Vandermoer

Kelli Vandermoer

California State University East Bay ‘16. After a long career in track and field, Kelli had the chance to experience the USOPC Olympic Hopeful program in 2019. After competing for 6 different spots in 6 different sports against 48 athletes from across the country, she was picked for rowing. She had been a personal trainer when she first heard about the Next Olympic Hopeful, and saw it as a chance to finally chase her Olympic dreams. After years and years of competitive sports, including dance and heptathlon, Kelli is ready to train in hopes to be on a national or Olympic team representing the United States.

Hilton Park

Hilton Park

Hilton Park

Hilton Park started rowing in Oklahoma City in 2012 with the OKC Chesapeake Junior Crew. He started rowing with the High Performance team in 2017. He decided to dedicate his life to making the 2024 Olympic rowing team. Hilton’s experience rowing with Coach Reilly and the High Performance team has taught him that adaptability sets the pace in life. Control what you can control and enjoy the experience along the way.

Brooke Ruszkiewicz

Brooke Ruszkiewicz

Brooke Ruszkiewicz

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Brooke joined OKCHP as a gap year between graduating high school and pursuing her undergraduate education. Finishing her youth rowing career this past June, she recorded a 4th and 10th place finish at 2021 Youth Nationals in the 2- and 4x. She also represented OKC at the 2021 Summer Championships where she was crowned the national champion in the U23 lightweight 1x. Her goals for this next year include training for U23 World Championships and preparing to represent Stanford University’s lightweight team in Fall 2022.
Sierra Cydrus

Sierra Cydrus

Sierra Cydrus

The Ohio State University, BS ’19, MS ’21. Sierra is a native of Chillicothe, Ohio and started her rowing career at The Ohio State University in the fall of 2015 as a walk-on. In 2019 Sierra earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion, Nutrition, and Exercise Science. She then served as Ohio State’s Graduate Assistant Coach from 2019-2021 while working towards her masters in Sports Coaching. As a student-athlete at Ohio State from 2015-19 she was part of three Big Ten Championship teams and was a top five finisher at the NCAA Rowing Championships. She was a three-time academic All-Big Ten selection, a four-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete, and served as a team captain. Sierra also represented the Columbus Development Camp, winning gold at the USRowing championships in the senior 4+. Sierra is excited to develop her technical skills and continue to build her fitness with the hopes of representing the United States at future World Championships and Olympics.