Rowing Confident After First Race Against Oklahoma

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will have a lot to build off of as it competed in its first race of the season against the Oklahoma Sooners on the Oklahoma River on Saturday. 

The race was just the third time since January that the team has been able to get on the water, with cold temperatures and wind keeping the Wildcats indoors at the Intercollegiate Rowing Center. 

K-State and Oklahoma used the morning session to scrimmage over shorter distances. The coaching staff believes that the Wildcats really grew from the experience they gained from today’s race. 

“This morning’s racing was close and competitive,” head coach Patrick Sweeney said. “We saw some good execution of the things we have been working on at the Intercollegiate Rowing Center.”

The team then went head-to-head with the Sooners, another opportunity for the coaches to watch the team and continue to make adjustments to the squad while on the water. 

“In the afternoon 2k racing, Oklahoma's results showed the importance of time on the water by beating us over the longer distance,” Sweeney explained. “Our performances were not bad, but we now have an indication of what we need to work on.”

The competition was a good learning experience for the team as it provided them the opportunity to participate in their first competitive race, as well as gave them the chance to get some practice in on the water. 

K-State now prepares for its spring camp in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which will take place from March 12-20. The team closes out the camp with a race against Tulsa on March 19.  

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