First Varsity Eight Earns Big 12 Boat of the Week Honors

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s First Varsity Eight’s (1V8) winning week continued as the boat notched a gold-medal performance at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta (SIRAs) last week and earned conference recognition for its efforts as the Big 12 Boat of the Week on Thursday.

Courtney Faucett (coxswain), Kaylin Edwards, Elaina Grantham, Kennedy Felice, Noelle Dykmann, Mattie Warner, Courtney Winkley, Grace Reilly, and Mikaela Bennett teamed up to top three schools in the semifinals before winning in the finals to claim one of four golds for the Wildcats at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. 

“I think the girls are very deserving of this honor,” head coach Patrick Sweeney said. “They did a good job last weekend. The Varsity 8 did well, but I think their performance is a reflection of the whole team. The whole team has done a good job. It is nice the Varsity 8 got the recognition, but I think it was more of a whole team recognition.”

The 1V8 got the weekend off to a hot start on Friday, recording a time of 6:09.890 in the time trials behind Big 12 foe Old Dominion. The crew’s time qualified it for Saturday’s semifinal race, which it won with ease with a time of 6:53.550 over Jacksonville, Wichita State and Rollins. 

With one win under its belt on the day already, the Wildcats carried that momentum down the course in the final, posting a winning time of 6:44.936. The time was almost three seconds faster than Old Dominion’s boat, flipping the script from Friday’s time trials.

A complete recap of K-State’s performances at the SIRAs regatta can be found here

K-State has now earned a total of four Boat of the Week honors since the conference began handing out the weekly award in 2013 and is the program’s first since April 23, 2014, when the 1V8 went a perfect 3-0 at SIRAs to win the gold medal. 

K-State returns to action next weekend as it travels to Kansas City, Kansas to compete against in-state rivals Kansas in the Dillon’s Sunflower Showdown on Wyandotte County Lake. Admission to the in-state tilt is free to the public.  

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