Rowing is growing in Oklahoma and it hasn’t taken long for colleges to be competitive

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There is perhaps no sport growing faster in Oklahoma City than rowing.

It all started in 1999, when the North Canadian River was transformed from what was little more than a large ditch into a river flowing with possibilities.

By 2004 it had become the Oklahoma River, and rowing had a foundation to build on.

Rowing is a sport that anyone can do, regardless of whether they have experience or not.

The Oklahoma River has created opportunities not just for young athletes to row, but to get an education with a rowing scholarship.

Three metro area colleges currently have rowing programs, including the University of Oklahoma.

In just seven seasons, head coach Leeanne Crain has built the Sooner program into a national contender.

It all started with getting athletes who had never rowed before to join the team, and from there has evolved into recruiting high level high school rowers from all across the country.

With the Oklahoma River as their home base, OU is developed a very successful program, and in the process, is spreading the word about rowing in Oklahoma City.