2014 RIVERSPORT Indoor Championships Results
Champions were named and a world record was set at the 2014 RIVERSPORT Indoor Championships, Feb. 22 at the Cox Convention Center in downtown OKC. OKC RIVERSPORT rowers and canoe/kayakers tested their strength and stamina, and the stage was set for the spring sprint season as the Chesapeake Junior Crew squared off against rivals from Tulsa Rowing Club and Dallas. Masters and para-rowing events were also held, and members of the Winter Corporate Rowing League raced in their season finale. The championship took place during the Bart & Nadia Sports Experience, an event that encourages families to take ownership of their health through activities that embrace Olympic, Paralympic and Special Olympics ideals with an emphasis on sports, nutrition and wellness.
OKC National High Performance Center athletes competed in an exhibition Erg Challenge at the Bart & Nadia Sports Experience where Nicole Dinion set a new world record for the women’s light weight 500m with a time of 1:38.8. This record was previously 1:39.3 and was set by a New Zealand rower in 2003.
In the Corporate Rowing League Co-ed division, the INTEGRIS team won gold with Love’s taking silver and OU Physician’s team Row U earning the bronze medal. In the Women’s Corporate League division, OU Physician’s team Row U won the gold medal, followed by Love’s with silver and the VA team Heart of a Warrior taking bronze. The OK National Guard team Thunderbirds collected the gold medal in the Open Corporate division, SandRidge won the silver medal, and Devon’s C3P-Rows took bronze.
“I knew we were all pretty strong,” said Bonnie Lofton, INTEGRIS Team Captain. “You know your training, you know what you can do, and in the end you just let it go.”
In both the men and women’s Adaptive divisions, the VIARP Vipers team dominated and took home all medals.
OKC RIVERSPORT youth and adult rowers earned nine gold, 11 silver, and 10 bronze medals in various divisions in the Erg Challenge.
Complete rowing and canoe/kayak results are here.