K-State Rowing Opens 2016 Season Against Oklahoma

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State women’s rowing team opens up its 2016 campaign as it travels to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to face off against the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday. 

The race will act as a training session for the two programs as they will begin the day with shorter pieces. The two teams will then go head-to-head in the afternoon, competing in a 2K race which is slated to begin at 2:20 p.m. CT with the 1V8 boats. 

“We are looking to get more knowledge of where everybody is at this weekend,” head coach Patrick Sweeney said. “We have a basic idea of who will be in each boat, but they are not finalized. From this weekend, we would hope that we did at the (winter) camp still looks about right.”

K-State is coming off its best season in program history and will look to continue its success heading into the 2016 season. The Wildcats finished in third place at last season’s Big 12 Championships, including medal performances by the 1V8 and the 2V8 boats. 

Despite the amount of youth on this year’s squad, Sweeney believes that this year’s team will have potential to put up good times as the season progresses. 

“This year we have stepped up the training level again,” Sweeney explained. “They have handled it really well, especially because it is a young team. Out of the kids we are taking this weekend, I think for 15 of them it is their first year. Half the team is made up of new kids.”

The race will be the second time the Wildcats have competed on the Oklahoma River this season. K-State opened its fall schedule on the river at the Head of the Oklahoma, which saw the team earn two 1st-place finishes by the Women’s Collegiate Novice/Frosh 8+ and Women’s Collegiate Novice/Frosh 4+ boats. 

K-State also had nine of its 11 boats place in the top-10 during that competition last October.

Live updates from the race can be found by following @kstate_gameday on Twitter. 

For the latest on K-State women’s rowing, follow @kstatesports and @KStateROW on Twitter using the hashtag #KStateROW or on the team’s Facebook page.