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Members of the Freedom Elementary School rowing team warm up for a workout as they prepare for competition.Elijah Nunoo calls the stroke for Freedom Elementary School students preparing for competition in Oklahoma City.

Freedom Rowers

Students enjoy unique opportunity to exercise, compete

Fourteen fourth-graders will be rowing their hearts out Friday  and they won't have to worry about getting wet.

For the past five and a half weeks the students at Freedom Elementary School have been exercising and honing their rowing skills on machines provided by the OKC Boathouse Foundation with funding from the state Tobacaco Settlement Endowment Trust.

But the program is more than machines. Twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday after school, Dave Dudleson has been coming from the Boathouse District to coach the kids to prepare them for competition. On Friday they'll square off with a team from Fairview at the Boathouse District.

They still won't be on the water, but it will be a new experience as the students put their skills to use on the rowing simulators.

"I think they're going to really feel like they've been on the water," said Suzanne Harrington, a physical education teacher at Freedom. 

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