Rowing Set for SIRAs in Tennessee

MANHATTAN, Kan. – After a solid overall performance at its last regatta at the San Diego Crew Classic, the Kansas State rowing team heads east as it prepares to race at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship (SIRA) on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on Saturday and Sunday. 

At last season’s SIRA regatta, the Wildcats’ 1V8, 2V8 and the 1V4 each earned gold medals, while their 3V8 earned a second place finish and its 1N8 recorded a fourth-place finish.  

“The girls are doing really well considering the lack of water time we are getting this year,” head coach Patrick Sweeney said. “It is the least we have had ever considering the wind. We are getting zero consistency on the water. It is frustrating for them and it is frustrating for the coaches.”

Despite a lack of time on the water throughout the season, K-State put together a strong performance in San Diego. The 1V8 earned a spot in the Grand Final after a second-place finish on Saturday before finishing the regatta with a sixth-place finish in the Grand Final. 

Both the 2V8 and 1V4 also earned spots in the Petite final during the regatta. The 2V8 finished in fifth place in that race with a time of 7:13.456, while the 1V4 also recorded a fifth place finish after completing the race with a time of 8:17.710. 

“I am still in the selection process right now,” Sweeney added. “I am sitting where we should have been in January. I still have not found the right combination at this point. It is not that the girls are doing anything wrong, but we have not had the time on the water.”

Sweeney hopes that after this weekend’s race at SIRA he will have that combination nailed down as the team prepares for its final two races of the season. 

“This weekend I will still be looking at those combinations,” Sweeney said. “I want it right when we come out of this weekend before we race against Kansas and before Big 12s. I would like to have it set this weekend.”

The Wildcats will face stout competition at this weekend’s race. One team in the field is Old Dominion, who topped the Wildcats in the final race in San Diego two weeks ago.

“Old Dominion is a Big 12 team so it will be an interesting comparison overall,” Sweeney noted. “I am hoping we are able to avenge the San Diego Final loss.”

For more information, including live results, visit the SIRA website by clicking here. You can also keep up with live results 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. 

SIRA Championship 
Melton Hill Lake
Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Heat Times
Women’s Varsity 4+ (Open) Time Trial – 10:05 a.m. CT
Women’s Varsity 8+ (Open) Time Trial – 10:55 a.m. CT
Women’s JV 8+ Time Trial – 11:20 a.m. CT
Women’s Novice 8+ (Open) Time Trial – 11:20 a.m. CT