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Wildcats start season strong in OKC

By The Mercury

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Kansas State rowing team came away with a handful of strong performances as they sent 10 boats to race at the OCU Head of the Oklahoma. The Wildcats, racing for the first time this season, had two boats finish in the Top 10 in the Women’s Collegiate 8 and another two finish in the top 10 in the Women’s Collegiate 4+ Row for the Cure.

K-State head coach Patrick Sweeney was pleased with the team’s overall performance, but added that there is some obvious work to do with it being so early in the season.

“The women rowed well and executed as asked,” Sweeney said. “It was a good first outing although we obviously have a lot of work to do.”

Competing against strong competition in the Women’s Collegiate 8+, the Wildcats Collegiate 8A and 8B boats finished in 7th and 9th respectively (15:20.849, 15:38.916). The 8A, captained by senior Meggie Murray, finished only a little over two seconds off a top-5 time of 15:18.372 by the Texas 8A boat.

Sweeney was not pleased though with the times of Kansas 8A, who finished second, and Oklahoma 8B, which finished sixth, being altered due to colliding on the course.

With 34 boats competing, Women’s Collegiate 4+ saw K-State claim three of the Top 20 positions in the race, including a fifth-place finish by the Wildcats’ 4B boat. The crew of coxswain Hillary Schartz and rowers Murray, Lindsay Smith, Erin Roeser and Ashley Houser posted a time of 16:33.577. The 4A also finished strong with a 10th-place finish, clocking in at 16:44.319.

The Head of the Oklahoma also gave the Wildcat newcomers a chance to get a first taste of collegiate competition.

The Wildcats’ Novice 8A boat, consisting of coxswain Courtney Faucett and rowers Hunter Anne Postier, Kayla Brock, Mary Rose Eakes, Hannah Frith, Courtney Cooke, Ariana Thompson, Kelsey Eagleman and Kelsey Schultz, gave K-State its best overall finish of the night with a third-place finish (15:49.943).

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