Varsity 4 Wins Petite Final at San Diego Crew Classic

April 7, 2013

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – It was another successful trip to the West Coast and the San Diego Crew Classic for the Kansas State rowing team. The Wildcats closed the regatta strong one boat advancing to the Grand Final at Mission Bay as the team continues to improve as the season progresses.

K-State started the final day of racing on Sunday morning with a victory in the Petite Final of the Women’s Collegiate Varsity 4. After finishing fifth in its heat on Saturday to qualify for the Petite Final and short of the Grand Final for the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup, the Wildcats pulled away in the race on Sunday morning winning by nearly three seconds and holding off a San Diego boat that had beaten K-State earlier this season at the Longhorn Invitational.

“The Varsity 4 raced well today. It was good to see them put together a full race plan, and it paid off,” K-State Head Coach Patrick Sweeney said.

The Wildcats have seen their 1st Novice 8 boat race well all season and this weekend the novice crew was again on its game finishing second on Saturday to advance to the Grand Final for the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetural Trophy. K-State raced to a fifth-place finish in the final on Sunday as the Wildcats crossed the line less than a second before Minnesota in sixth place.

“The Novice 8 raced hard. They are disappointed with their result, but it was against some of the best boats in the nation,” Sweeney said. “They should take the result on the chin, take it as a challenge and step up.”

K-State’s top boat was in the Petite Final on Sunday’s Cal Cup and came away with a fifth-place finish. The 1st Varsity 8 crossed the line in 7:09.43 just behind SMU’s boat in fourth place.

The fourth boat competing for the Wildcats at the San Diego Crew Classic was the 2nd Varsity 8 with two races on Saturday. The 2V8 finished fifth in its preliminary heat of the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy and then had to fight again that evening for a tightly contested Third Final. K-State and Bates College fought to the line for the victory with Bates getting the edge by just .02 of a second in a photo finish.

“Both the 1V and 2V did not execute as well this weekend,” Sweeney said. “Their task is to learn to push mid-race, or they will continue to get the same result.”

In all, Sweeney said it was a good weekend on the water for his Wildcats. Another week against quality competition helped his team prepare for the next stop on the schedule at SIRAs in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

K-State Boatings
1st Varsity 8
C Hillary Schartz
8 Allison Dorau
7 Lindsay Smith
6 Lisa Angell
5 Madi Haney
4 Adria Ley
3 Meggie Murray
2 Kristina Smith
1 Aly Bronder

2nd Varsity 8
C Kaitlyn Arrow
8 Natalie Greene
7 Beth DeMars
6 Allison Tuxhorn
5 Abby Weaver
4 Justine Walsh
3 Chelsea Holt Bates
2 Danielle Glynn
1 Emily Elliott

Varsity 4
C Samantha McCloud
4 Jennifer Smisek
3 Hayley Harvey
2 Lacey Reifschneider
1 Ally Franken

Novice 8
C Kara Omo
8 Chelsea Goble
7 Ashley Houser
6 Erin Roeser
5 Brittany Long
4 Lindsey Schmeidler
3 Jessica Kuhlman
2 Ashley Standage
1 Laura Baumgartner