Wildcat rowers compete at Crew Classic

By The Mercury

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The Kansas State rowing team again showed increased boat speed this weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic. Although this weekend’s regatta did not produce any wins for the Wildcats’ crews, coming up against the toughest field of opponents yet this season, the results did show the rowing team is continuing to get faster on the water.

K-State’s Novice 8 crew took fourth in its first race on Saturday to advance into the Petite Final bracket of the event. The Wildcats then finished fourth in that final, placing ahead of boats from Texas, Stanford and Sacramento State. Texas won the Women’s Collegiate Novice Petite with two boats in the field.

The Wildcats put their 1st Varsity 8 boat in the Women’s Collegiate Varsity SeaWorld Cal Cup again looking to make the Grand Final after taking third last year. K-State could not repeat that performance, finishing fourth in its opening heat on Saturday. Sunday morning, the crew finished fifth in the Women’s Collegiate Varsity Petite Final trailing Grand Valley, Saint Mary’s, Gonzaga and Sacramento State.

In the competition for the Women’s Collegiate 2nd Varsity Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy, K-State finished fifth in its opening heat Saturday. The Wildcats then went on to finish fourth in the Women’s Collegiate 2V 3rd later in the afternoon.

The Wildcats will take on in-state rival Kansas on Saturday, as the Jayhawks will host the annual Kansas Cup on Wyandotte County Lake. K-State and KU will tangle in a series of races with points awarded to the winners of each race with varying value. Last year, K-State reclaimed the Kansas Cup after losing in 2010 for the first time in five years. The Wildcats earned the cup with a 13-6 victory over the Jayhawks winning the two races worth the most points.

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