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Cats row to eight wins in Oklahoma

By The Mercury

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Kansas State rowing team opened its spring sprint season this weekend at the OU Invitational and came away with strong performances from the 1st Varsity 8 and some of the Novice crews.

K-State tallied eight wins in head-to-head competition over three days of action on the Oklahoma River, highlighted by a win over Kansas by the 1V8 and Novice 8.

On Friday against Tulsa, the Wildcats tallied a pair of wins in the novice races, but could not defeat the Golden Hurricane in the varsity races. K-State won the Novice 8 and Novice 4 against Tulsa with the 1st Novice 8 winning by a large margin.

K-State could not keep that momentum going against Tulsa’s varsity crews with Tulsa taking all three races. The Wildcats did have a tight battle with Tulsa in the 1st Varsity 8 race, with K-State falling by just more than 2 seconds.

During the morning session on Saturday, K-State took on the hosting Oklahoma Sooners and could not keep pace. The Sooners claimed all five races in the matchup.

In the afternoon session Saturday, the Novice 4 took down Tulsa again, this time by more than 6 seconds. The 1st Novice 8 won its race against Kansas as the two in-state rivals paired up for duals in the afternoon session. The Jayhawks got the best of the Wildcats in the Varsity 4 and 2nd Varsity 8 races to score 12 points, but K-State won the most valuable race in the series taking the 1st Varsity 8 by nearly 3 seconds and earning 15 points.

On Sunday the Wildcats faced Oklahoma City University in two duals and went up against Oklahoma and Tulsa again in one race each. The Wildcats defeated OCU in both races with the 1V8 posting a dominant win by almost 17 seconds. The Varsity 4 boat also won in commanding fashion crossing the finish line nearly a minute-and-a-half faster. The Sooners were again able to take down the 1N8, but K-State was able to defeat Tulsa’s 2V8.

Next up for the Wildcats will be the Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas. Competition is set to begin on Lady Bird Lake Friday with three days of rowing.

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