Rowing Starts Fall With Strong Showing At The Head Of The Oklahoma
Oct. 7, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY - The University of Massachusetts rowing program started its 2013 season at the Head of the Oklahoma Regatta on Friday and Saturday, with the Minutewomen and head coach Jim Dietz opening the year with a strong showing. Four current rowers made the trip to Oklahoma City, including Claudia Caballero Larco, Emily Mann, Lauren St. Pierre and Taryn Wilson.
UMass head coach and former Olympian Jim Dietz joined the Minutewomen in competition at the event during a set of Men's Masters events.
A pair of gold medal finishes marked the best results of the weekend for the Minutewomen. Mann and Wilson secured the first place spot in the Women's Open Lightweight 2x on Saturday in 16:58.98, nearly 17 seconds ahead of the second-place boat from Tulsa. The quad capped the weekend in the Women's Open 4x - leading seven race boats with a time of 15:28.16. The 4x of Caballero Larco, Mann, St. Pierre and Wilson finished 22 seconds ahead of the next boat.
In the Women's Open 2x, Caballero Larco and St. Pierre tallied a silver medal in 17:22.10 by finishing more than 11 seconds ahead of the bronze medal boat from Southern Methodist University.
Larco and St. Pierre started off the weekend with participation in the Women's Open 1x, with Larco taking fourth in 18:20.26 and St. Pierre earning fifth in 18:48.75. Simultaneously, Mann and Wilson added third and fourth place finishes in the Women's Open Lightweight 1x. Mann crossed in 19:07.58 while Wilson followed six seconds later at 19:13.78.
Each UMass rower added a medal to their weekend collection with the completion of the Women's Open 2x 500m Grand Final. Mann and Wilson crossed the finish line in second with a time of 1:51.99 while Caballero Larco and St. Pierre followed closely behind at 1:55.84 for the bronze.
All four rowers entered boats in the Women's Collegiate 1x to claim spots among the six best times. Caballero Larco topped the group with a silver medal in 18:10.98. Wilson finished fourth in 18:32.74, with Mann in fifth (18:41.36) and St. Pierre totaling the sixth place spot (18:45.53).
Caballero Larco and St. Pierre also finished in among the top six in the Women's Open 1x Grand Final. Caballero Larco took fourth in 1:58.62 while St. Pierre earned sixth with a time of 2:05.81.
Dietz secured the silver medal in the Men's Masters 1x E-J, crossing in 18:06.07. Dietz also tallied a fourth place finish as part of a Men's Masters Quad boat with a time of 15:32.78.
UMass Boat Lineups - Head of the Oklahoma Regatta