Second Varsity 8, Third Varsity 8 Victorious in Season Opener

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Competing in their first competitive race of the season, the Kansas State women’s rowing team’s Second Varsity 8 and Third Varsity 8 stole the show, winning their respective races on Saturday against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes on the Verdigris River.

The Wildcats’ First Varsity 8, First Varsity 4 and Second Varsity 4 all recorded second-place finishes against the Golden Hurricanes during the one-day event. 

“I thought the team raced very well for the first competition,” head coach Patrick Sweeney said about his team’s performance. “We are not as race ready as the experienced Tulsa boats, but our spring camp, as well as more racing, will bring that on.” 

The 3V8 got the Wildcats off to a fast start in what was the first taste of racing for five of the eight athletes in the boat. With experience at coxswain and the stroke seat, the boat cruised across the finish line by a length and a half, posting a time of 7:07.31, almost 15 seconds than Tulsa’s boat that crossed in 7:22.46.

K-State’s 2V8 answered two races later with the Wildcats’ only other victory of the day, crossing the finish line in 6:54.80, topping Tulsa’s boat in the race by just under 15 seconds, which finished the race in 7:09.66. 

“It was a great start for the 2V8 and the 3V8, as so many of them were freshmen in their first ever races,” Sweeney added about his two winning boats. “I was really pleased with how well they performed.”

In the 2V4 match-up, K-State fell to Tulsa’s boat, which posted a time of 8:03.99, by just three seconds after posting a time of 8:06.89 in the race. The 1V8 also competed in a very tight race, crossing the finish line 6:45.12 behind Tulsa’s 1V8 that finished in 6:41.13.

The Wildcats’ 1V4 also claimed second place with a time of 7:51.50, behind Tulsa’s 1V4, which won the race with a time of 7:40.62

K-State will participate in its spring camp for the next week before returning to action on March 31-April 1, when the Wildcats head to Sarasota, Florida, to compete in the inaugural Sunshine State Invitational, hosted by the University of Central Florida at Nathan Benderson Park. 

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Verdigris River
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Women’s 3V8
1. K-State – 7:07.31
2. Tulsa – 7:22.46

Women’s 2V4
1. Tulsa – 8:03.99
2. K-State – 8:06.89

Women’s 1V4
1. Tulsa – 7:40.62
2. K-State – 7:51.50

Women’s 2V8
1. K-State – 6:54.80
2. Tulsa – 7:09.66

Women’s 1V8
1. Tulsa – 6:41.13
2. K-State – 6:45.12

Women’s 3V8
C: Allie Kleinsmith, 8: Emily Stec, 7: Madison Rebel, 6: Natasha Johnson, 5: Nikole Cain, 4: Samantha Samskey, 3: Cathy Leavitt, 2: Delaney Pollart, 1: Abigail Dressler

Women’s 2V4
C: Rachel Moore, 4: Maddie Petersen, 3: Molly Ross, 2: Jordan Lund, 1: Tessa Davids

Women’s 1V4
C: Aimee Farrell, 4: Courtney Cooke, 3: Laura Clement, 2: Logan Frost, 1: Kelsey Dighans

Women’s 2V8
C: Courtney Faucett, 8: Kaylin Edwards, 7: Kelsey Eagleman, 6: Taylor DeWeese, 5: Selena Wapelhorst, 4: Mattie Warner, 3: Lauren Costello, 2: Rachel Haskell, 1: Mikaela Bennett

Women’s 1V8
C: Emily Johnson, 8: Grace Reilly, 7: Elaina Grantham, 6: Kennedy Felice, 5: Noelle Dykmann, 4: Courtney Winkley, 3: Mary Rose Eakes, 2: Ariana Thompson, 1: Kayla Brock