Kansas State rowing Patrick Sweney

K-State rowing head coach Patrick Sweeney

Although Manhattan has received nearly 13 inches of rain this month, K-State rowing coach Patrick Sweeney said the team has worked around the issues caused by the deluge of water.

The rowing team’s practice facility, Breidenthal Boathouse, is along Tuttle Creek Reservoir.

Sweeney said the rain has caused the team to have to raise its docks to match the higher water levels, but the boathouse itself remains in one piece.

“Nothing really got affected. Tony Staten did a good job of moving the docks around, having to realign those with the water coming up,” said Sweeney, referring to Staten, a boatman and the manager of the boathouse. “The facilities themselves are above flood height so they don’t really get affected.”

Sweeney said the team’s biggest obstacle has been maneuvering around the debris caused by the flooding.

“When was the last big flooding, like 25 years ago?” he said. “So, all the trees and all the undergrowth that has sort of been built up over those 25 years has now been lifted off by the water and is now floating. So that’s the biggest problem for anyone who would be out there in boats.”

The rowing team wrapped up its season last week at the Big 12 Championship.

Had the recent rainfall forced the boathouse to shut down during the season, Sweeney said the team would have struggled to find an alternate location.

“Really, we couldn’t (practice),” Sweeney said. “That’s about the main place for (rowing) around here. We would actually have problems if that happened.”

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