Waterford Crew Races at Head of the Oklahoma
Waterford Crew traveled to its first fall regatta in 2 years and the results were very positive. Traveling to Oklahoma City, we raced a variety of other junior programs from the southern Midwest and California. The regatta was called the Head of the Oklahoma and fall races are traditionally run with longer distances (this race was just over 4 km long) and teams race single file for time (hence the title “head”). Regattas like this allow members of the team to race multiple times in different events.
Although I am proud of how all 34 teammates did Saturday and Sunday, I want to highlight some of the bigger results at the regatta. In the sweeping events (boats where people row with one oar) our novice boys dominated the field. With first and second in the Novice 8+ and first and third in the Novice 4+. The Boys Varsity 8+ also did well with a fourth-place finish against some decent teams. The scullers (people who row with 2 oars) had good results as well. Anika H. ’24 won the Novice 1x and got 9th in the Varsity 1x event. The Men’s double of Fletcher L. ’22 and Joe H. ’22 got second in the Varsity category against some really good competition. With the other men’s and women’s doubles doing well, we were happy with how we did at this regatta.
The next race will be in Portland, October 31, and we look forward to keeping up the momentum from this regatta.
Micah Boyd started at Waterford as the Rowing Coach in 2020. He will be filling in as a teaching assistant this year and is looking forward to it. Originally from Minnesota, Micah went to the University of Wisconsin- Madison and majored in Wildlife Ecology. After that, he moved to Philadelphia to pursue the Olympics in Rowing. He made the 2008 Olympic team in Beijing and then promptly started a family. After living in Atlanta and North Carolina (with a brief year in Malawi), he now calls Utah home and loves his 3 not so little kids.