Novice 8 Wins Gold at SIRAs

Rebecca Bohling

April 17, 2011

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OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Kansas State rowing team came home with gold from the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta this weekend with the 1st Novice 8 claiming victory. The Wildcats also saw strong performances from the three other boats in competition over the last two days on Melton Hill Lake.

The 1st Novice 8 won its preliminary heat with a time of 6:45.50 winning by nearly 12 seconds to advance to the final. In the final, K-State held a significant lead but saw that margin cut over the second half of the race. The Wildcats were able to withstand the charge from Purdue and get the win in a tightly contested race.

“The Novice 8 brought home the gold. However they made hard work of it; again poor technique nearly cost them the victory,” K-State head coach Patrick Sweeney said. “They led by nearly length through most of the race but mistakes cost them in the last half of the race. Despite their technical inexperience, they fought and hung on for the win.”

K-State’s 1st Varsity 8 also shined on the water with a third-place finish overall. The Wildcats kept pace with two familiar foes in the race as Alabama edged out the win by just more than two seconds, and Tulsa crossed the line before K-State by a nose.

“The 1st Varsity 8 raced well, closing their distance behind Alabama and Tulsa in comparison to two weeks ago in San Diego,” Sweeney said. “The crew rowed markedly better and will continue to improve. Although they were unable to shake the third-place result, it is evident that there is still more speed to come with further development through the season.”

The 2nd Varsity 8 was in good position through much its race but faltered in the third 500 meters of the race to allow Alabama to push away and Tulsa and Purdue snuck past to give the Wildcats a fourth-place finish.

K-State’s 1st Varsity 4 put together its best performance of the year on Saturday winning its preliminary heat to advance to the final. The Wildcats went on to finish third in the final again trailing Alabama and Tulsa.

Sweeney said he was pleased overall in what he saw from his rowers over the weekend. He believes the Wildcats will continue to get better as the conference championship regattas are approaching, but his team will need to find a way to eliminate mistakes to take the next leap in improvement.

“It is clear our team is not only fit and strong but making important improvements as well,” Sweeney said. “The moral of the weekend is that despite our strengths and positive momentum, technical mistakes are costly.”

The Wildcats will take on in-state rival Kansas on Saturday in the annual Kansas Cup hosted by the Jayhawks in Kansas City. Action gets underway on Wyandotte County Lake at 10 a.m.

K-State SIRA Results
1st Novice 8
Preliminary Heat 1st place: 6:45.50
Final: 1st place, 7:02.10

2nd Varsity 8
4th place, 7:04.60

1st Varsity 4
Preliminary Heat 1st place: 7:21.40
Final: 3rd place, 7:50.26

1st Varsity 8
Final: 3rd place, 6:49.93

K-State Boatings
C Weatherly Butler
8 Christa Bowman
7 Ali Peters
6 Adria Ley
5 Hanna Wiltfong
4 Allison Dorau
3 Amanda Weishaar
2 Traci Smiley
1 Anna Young

C Whitley Jackson
8 Danielle Glynn
7 Melissa Steen
6 Nicole Burdiek
5 Justine Walsh
4 Aly Bronder
3 Hayley Harvey
2 Jayci McKenney
1 Sierra Cuda

C Kaitlyn Arrow
4 Nicole Stuckey
3 Morrisa Rumage
2 Tricia Walker
1 Brittany Leathers

C Rebecca Bohling
8 Natalie Greene
7 Emily Elliott
6 Lea Hauldren
5 Marissa Campbell
4 Abby Harbour
3 Kris Smith
2 Brittany Odle
1 Nicole Specht