Kansas State rowing wrapped up its season with a pair of medal-winning performances at the Big 12 championship in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on Sunday.
Competing at Melton Hill Lake, the Wildcats tallied 91 points to finish third, trailing only first-place Texas (137) and runner-up Oklahoma (106).
K-State edged in-state rival Kansas (82) and West Virginia (49), marking the third time in as many years the Wildcats finished third at the conference championship.
The Wildcats’ 2v8+ boat — comprised of coxswain Allie Kleinsmith and rowers Marisa Rodriguez, Taylor Hartman, Natasha Johnson, Jordan Lund, Megan Michaelis, Maya Morrow, Megan Chrisco and Rachel Haskell — finished its race in 6:51.35 to take second. K-State also medaled in the 1v4+ race, with its time of 7:43.71 good enough for third.
“We wanted all of the boats to be in a chance to medal, and our two boats that did medal did a great job of going out and getting it,” K-State head coach Patrick Sweeney said in a release. “I was pleased with how they raced and put it all together.”
Two Wildcats earned All-Big 12 honors for the first time in their careers: senior Elaina Grantham and junior Mikaela Bennett.
It marked the final event of the season for K-State.
Sweeney said he couldn’t have been more pleased with the resilient his team showed throughout the year.
“They could have fallen apart, but they actually have shown a lot of strength individually and as a team,” Sweeney said. “Coming together and supporting each other, they pushed each other all season long and it has been a really successful season.”