SE: Rowing Makes Most of Fall Season

The fall is a time for coming together and working hard for the K-State rowing team.

After spending the summer training individually, the squad is excited to be back in its own gym, on its own ergs and in its own boats growing stronger every day. 

“The fall is a time to get a feel for how it’s going to be in the spring,” said junior Noelle Dykmann. “It’s a time for feeling the boat and getting everybody together on the same page. You can kind of get a feel for what it’s going to be like, things change over the winter camp, but this is just a good time to see and project where we’re going to be.”

A relatively young team, the Wildcats lost numerous key components from last year’s top boats. The team is looking to replace six rowers from its top two boats and last season’s top coxswain, but K-State head coach Pat Sweeney is confident in his youthful group.

“I’m pleasantly surprised overall with this team because we lost a good group from the first and second boat last year and when you lose a big group you wonder how the team is going to react to that,” said Sweeney. “What I’m really happy about is the ones who came back from last year’s top boats, they worked out really well over the summer and came back in good shape. So the team, I’m pleased with where they’re at.”

Breaking up their fall grind, K-State will head to Lawrence, Kansas, this weekend to compete in the Jayhawk Jamboree on Sunday.

“Fall races are good to get a little bit of racing in,” said senior Madi Haney. “It changes the scenery so you’re not just staring at Tuttle Creek every day. The races are not as stressful as the spring races, so it’s a good way to get back into it. Right now, we’re training so much that these races are something to look forward to.” 

This weekend’s races kick off at 12:15 p.m. and continue on throughout the afternoon before concluding with sprint races at 3:30 p.m. 

“With this race in particular, I’m excited because we’re having sprint races at the end of our typical long races,” continued Haney. “I think that will be a fun for fans to see too because with the 5,000-meter race, they only get to see the last 800 meters or so of it. These are 300-meter sprints after our races, so I think it’ll be something fun for us and fun for people to watch.”

This weekend’s race isn’t the first competition of the fall season for the Wildcats, though, as K-State competed at the Head of Oklahoma in Oklahoma, City, Oklahoma, on October 4. 

At the Head of Oklahoma, the Wildcats had nine of 11 boats place in the top-10 including two first place finishes by the Women’s Collegiate Novice/Frosh 8+ and the Women’s Collegiate Novice/Frosh 4+ boats.

Yet, while the team’s novice boats finished strong, the varsity boats did not execute how they hoped. The team’s First Varsity 8 boat finished the day in fifth place while the Second Varsity 8 finished in tenth place. 

“I think we’ve had a lot of really good practices since Oklahoma, and we’ve kind of proven to ourselves that we’re capable of doing better than how we did in there,” said Dykmann. “I’m looking forward to proving it to ourselves. It’s all mental right now. We’ve shown that physically we can do it, and that we’re capable, but this weekend will be all about proving that to ourselves and gaining confidence in ourselves. I’m looking forward to showing off what we’ve got.”

Along with Kansas, also competing this weekend at the Jayhawk Jamboree is Tulsa, Creighton and Iowa

But of course, K-State – a team made up of mostly Kansas natives – is excited to go up against its in-state rival. 

“I’m also looking forward to trying to take down KU,” laughed Dykmann, who comes to K-State from Lenexa, Kansas. “That’s the best part. This is one of the closest races that we have, so I have a lot of family and friends that are going to be there. It’s always so cool to look over and see a big sea of purple fans.”

For updates, results, the team’s schedule and more information on this year’s K-State rowing team, you can check out the team’s page by clicking here



12:15 p.m. – Novice 8

1:00 p.m. – Varsity 4

2:15 p.m. – Novice 4

3:00 p.m. – Varsity 8

3:30 p.m. – Varsity 8 Sprints