Rich Tortorelli, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University’s Ruthie Lacy posted another world record mark on the indoor rowing machine Thursday morning at the Devon Boathouse.
Lacy, a freshman from Oklahoma City, covered 1,116 meters in 4 minutes to set the lightweight 4-minute 17-18-year-old world record.
Lacy’s mark topped the record of 1,105 meters logged by Lara Tiefenthaler of Austria in 2018. Lacy’s average time per 500 meters was 1 minute, 47.5 seconds. She posted her best 500-meter split of 1:45.6 in the first minute. Her projected time in a 2,000-meter head race would be 7:57.5.
Lacy owns the 1-minute world record for lightweight rowers in her age group. She turned in the record time Sept. 28 at the Devon Boathouse. Concept2, producer of ergometers, confirmed the mark based on video turned in by OCU coach Hadzo Habibovic.
Prior to joining OCU’s rowing team, Lacy competed for OKC Riversport. Lacy took the lightweight girls title in the USRowing Youth National Championships. Indoor rowing machines provide rowers the opportunity to simulate watercraft rowing for training.