Novice 8 First-Place Finish Highlights Jayhawk Jamboree

– The Kansas State women’s rowing team saw two boats finish in the top five, including a first-place finish by the Novice 8, as the team finished out the fall portion of the season at the Jayhawk Jamboree at Burcham Park on Sunday afternoon. 

“The Novice 8 win today showed us that we have some young talent,” head coach Patrick Sweeney said about today’s performance. “The Varsity 4 ‘A’ that finished in third place was also good. I felt that we are not where we need to be technically. We will now begin to focus on that.” 

The Wildcats got off to a fast start in the opening race of the day as the Novice 8’s posted a first-place finish after crossing the finish line in 14:00.31, almost six seconds faster than the second-place finishers, the University of Iowa’s ‘A’ boat. 

In the team’s next race, the Women’s 4 Finals, the Wildcats’ ‘A’ boat posted the team’s second-straight top-five finish of the day as the boat finished in third place with a time of 14:10.01. The ‘B’ boat also posted a strong result, recording a top-15 finish by taking 13th place with a time of 15:01.24. 

The other two boats in the Women’s 4 Finals, the ‘C’ and ‘D’ boats, each finished within one second of each other, taking 19th place and 20th place with times of 15:30.88 and 15:31.57, respectively. 

During the final head race of the afternoon, the Varsity 8+ ‘A’ took eighth place in the Women’s 8 Finals with a mark of 13:41.30. The ‘B’ boat went on to take 12th place with a time of 14:13.18, while the ‘C’ boat took 14th place with a final time of 14:16.73 and the ‘D’ boat took 16th place after crossing the finish line in 14:20.61. 

Sunday’s competition concluded with the Women’s Varsity 8 300 meter sprints. The Wildcats’ ‘A’ boat took second in the first heat of sprints with a time of 53.90, just over two seconds behind Tulsa’s ‘A’ boat. K-State’s ‘B’ boat took third in the second heat with a time of 56.62. Tulsa’s ‘A’ boat went on to win the 300 meter sprint final. 

The team now shifts its focus to the regular season, which will begin in March. After two strong showings in the fall, Sweeney knows exactly what the team needs to do to be successful in 2017. 

“The team is physically in a good place but we are not getting all of our ability into the stroke,” Sweeney said. “We need to work on being efficient at producing boat speed every stroke. We will also spend time working on this while continuing to get fitter and stronger.”

K-State’s spring season will kick off on March 4, 2017, when the Wildcats head back to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where they raced in the Head of the Oklahoma earlier this fall, to take on the Oklahoma Sooners on the Oklahoma River. 

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Jayhawk Jamboree
Burcham Park
Lawrence, Kan.

Collegiate Women’s Novice 8
1. Kansas State – 14:00.31

Collegiate Women’s 4
3. Kansas State ‘A’ – 14:10.01
13. Kansas State ‘B’ – 15:01.24
19. Kansas State ‘C’ – 15:30.88
20. Kansas State ‘D’ – 15:31.57

Collegiate Women’s 8
8. Kansas State ‘A’ – 13:41.30
12. Kansas State ‘B’ – 14:13.18
14. Kansas State ‘C’ – 14:16.73
16. Kansas State ‘D’ – 14:20.61

Collegiate Women’s Varsity 8 300 Meter Sprints
Heat 1
2. Kansas State ‘A’ – 53.90

Heat 2
3. Kansas State ‘B’ – 56.62