Brock rows for the world record in the Tulsa Rowing Club workout room.
TULSA OK – Brock Turner, (17), a high school student and member of the Tulsa Rowing Club Juniors set a new world record for his age group (Heavyweight under 19) on rowing machine ergometer on Sunday Feb 21st. Brock managed to row 213 kilometers in a twenty-four hour period as part of the Tulsa Juniors Row-A-Thon Fundraiser. The previous record stood at just under 212km. In addition, Brock set the longest continual row world record for the same age and weight category.
“You realize this is where all the hours you put into erging and lifting really count,” said Turner of his efforts on the ergometer. “All the times you thought the workouts were impossible but you did them anyway, and that is the discipline.” Turner continues, “The most difficult section of rowing was the 23rd hour when I realized I was a little behind world record pace and I needed to pick it up a little.”
The Tulsa Rowing Club Juniors coaching staff was duly impressed by Turner’s effort.
“Brock’s feat shows absolutely phenomenal mental toughness. He has wanted to take a crack at the world record for quite some time and now he has achieved that goal” said Head Coach Neil Bergenroth. “We are all very proud of Brock and all of his accomplishments at the club, great stuff!”
In addition to his new world records, Brock competed at the World Indoor Rowing Championship in Boston, MA on Feb. 14th, placing 18th out of a field of 185 rowers the weekend before. Following the event Brock was invited to attend a Junior National Team identification camp at the Harvard boathouse.
Brock’s new world record was part of an annual Row-A-Thon fundraiser held by the Tulsa Junior Rowing program that benefits the club by creating funds to purchase new equipment. Each member of the team must row a minimum of 30km during a twelve hour period of rowing. The total number of meters recorded by the team was almost 1,500km.
For more information on the Tulsa Rowing Club Juniors, visit www.tulsajuniorsrowing.org on the world wide web or contact Coach Bergenroth directly on 918.906.5233.