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.