K-State rowers beat rival Jayhawks

By The Mercury

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Kansas State women’s rowing team used strong performances from its 1st Varsity 8 and 2nd Varsity 8 to power the Wildcats to a fourth straight victory over Kansas on Saturday at Wyandotte County Lake.

On the day, the two schools split the six total races with K-State ending the dual with back-to-back wins and a 17-6 advantage.

Trailing the Jayhawks after four races, 6-2, the Wildcats needed their Varsity 8s to both come through with wins to take the regatta for a fourth-straight year.

The 2V8 got the comeback started with a convincing win, besting the Jayhawks’ time of 6:51.9 with a finish of 6:42.8.

It was another impressive performance for the crew of coxswain Kara Omo and rowers Chelsea Goble, Lindsay Smith, Aly Bronder, Abby Weaver, Ariana Thompson, Hunter Anne Postier, Lacey Reifschneider and Kayla Brock, who improved to 3-1 on the season.

With their first advantage of the afternoon at 8-6, the 1V8s squared off in a winner-take-all race, worth nine points, to close out the dual.

Nearly matching the 2V8s finish, the squad of coxswain Hillary Schartz and rowers Meggie Murray, Noelle Dykmann, Lisa Angell, Brittany Long, Allison Dorau, Ashley Houser, Erin Roeser and Madi Haney finished off KU in a time of 6:42.9.

The Wildcats return to action April 5-6 when they travel to California for the San Diego Crew Classic.

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