Wildcats Finish a Close Second at Big 12s

May 3, 2014

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ResultsK-State AthleticsOKLAHOMA CITY – K-State Women’s Rowing put in a spirited effort at the Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City, finishing second overall with a score of 112 points. The Wildcats registered one victory from their 2nd Varsity 4, as well as runner-up performances from the 1st and 2nd Varsity 8s.

Oklahoma took first overall, winning its second-straight conference title, while Kansas, Texas and West Virginia finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Head coach Patrick Sweeney said despite not getting the conference title, the team performed well.

“Coming so close and getting second-place is a pain, but the athletes did a good job, they’ve done a good job all year,” Sweeney said. “Considering where they were last year and what they’ve done this year with the lack of water time, they’ve done a really good job.

“We’ll go back, take a look at where we are at and come back in two weeks time.”

Opening the day with back-to-back fourth place finishes from the 3rd and 4th Varsity 8s, the Wildcats got started on the comeback trail with an impressive win from the 2V4. The crew of coxswain Meaghan Kuzmich and rowers Jennifer Smisek, Chelsea Holt-Bates, Ally Franken and Hayley Harvey took first in a time of 8:24.51, nearly eight seconds better than second-place Kansas. It was the first time K-State had deployed a 2V4 at the conference regatta, as well as the first winning performance by a Wildcat boat at a Big 12 meet since the 1st Varsity 8 won on Wyandotte County Lake in 2009.

Following a tightly-contest 1st Varsity 4 race that saw the Wildcats place third behind Texas and KU, K-State sat in third-place overall with its top-seeded 1V8 and 2V8 left to compete.

In the 2V8, the Wildcats battled to a second-place finish behind only OU in a time of 7:43.44. The runner-up performance was good enough to set K-State up for a winner-take-all match-up in the final race of the day between the five schools’ 1V8s. Oklahoma led the pack heading into the final race with a score of 66 points, while K-State, Kansas and Texas were all within striking distance at 62, 61 and 59 points, respectively.

Despite a strong start, the 1V8, consisting of coxswain Hillary Schartz and rowers Meggie Murray, Noelle Dykmann, Lisa Angell, Brittany Long, Allison Dorau, Ashley Houser, Erin Roeser and Madi Haney, could not overcome a dominant Sooners’ squad. The Wildcats’ top boat finished second in a time of 7:24.17, while Oklahoma took first in 7:19.48.

For K-State, though its comeback fell short the overall performance by the Wildcat women was one marked by exceptional improvement from years past. Only a year removed from a last-place finish at Big 12s, the second-place finish was the highest-ever by a K-State team since the Big 12 Championship became officially conference sponsored in 2012.  

The day’s festivities finished up with award presentations, as well as the announcement of this year’s All-Big 12 team. The Wildcats had a program record five athletes named to the first and second teams with Dorau and Angell earning first team honors and Murray, Haney and Schartz being named to the second team. For Dorau, she closes her Big 12 career with two-consecutive first team honors and Murray earned second team honors for a second-straight season.

With one meet left this season, Sweeney said this weekend was a valuable experience for the team, especially the younger rowers.

“This was good learning for [the athletes],” Sweeney said. “I think this gives us something to aim for. Some of the youngsters on some of the crews learned a lot this weekend. If we can get it right, there’s no reason why we can’t gain more speed with more time on the water.”

K-State will now look to finish the year strong at the Conference USA Championship in Oak Ridge, Tenn., on May 17. Last season saw the Wildcats finish fifth-overall. For more information on K-State’s final regatta, as well as more info on today’s action, visit www.k-statesports.com.

Big 12 Championship
Oklahoma River
Oklahoma City

K-State Results

Team Scores
1: Oklahoma, 125 | 2: K-State, 112 | 3: Kansas, 102 | 4: Texas, 91 | 5: WVU, 50

1: Kansas, 7:44.95 | 2: Texas, 8:01.62 | 3: Oklahoma, 8:02.61 | 4: K-State, 8:06.88 | 5: WVU, 8:38.08

1: Oklahoma, 7:40.89 | 2: Kansas, 7:53.82 | 3: Texas, 7:53.95 | 4: K-State, 8:05.53 | 5: WVU, 8:23.58

1: K-State, 8:24.51 | 2: Kansas, 8:33.15 | 3: Texas, 8:33.63 | 4: Oklahoma, 8:53.86 | 5: WVU, 9:00.78

1: Kansas, 8:21.83 | 2: Texas, 8:21.97 | 3: K-State, 8:24.05 | 4: Oklahoma, 8:29.89 | 5: WVU, 9:07.22

1: Oklahoma, 7:35.24 | 2: K-State, 7:43.44 | 3: Texas, 7:46.75 | 4: Kansas, 7:49.36 | 5: WVU, 8:32.67

1: Oklahoma, 7:19.48 | 2: K-State, 7:24.17 | 3: Kansas, 7:30.21 | 4: Texas, 7:33.13 | 5: WVU, 7:35.33


1st Varsity 8
C: Hillary Schartz
8: Meggie Murray
7: Noelle Dykmann
6: Lisa Angell
5: Brittany Long
4: Allison Dorau
3: Ashley Houser
2: Erin Roeser
1: Madi Haney

2nd Varsity 8
C: Kara Omo
8: Chelsea Goble
7: Lindsay Smith
6: Aly Bronder
5: Abby Weaver
4: Ariana Thompson
3: Hunter Anne Postier
2: Lacey Reifschneider
1: Kayla Brock

1st Varsity 4
C: Hannah Gwartney
4: Courtney Cooke
3: Jessica Kuhlman
2: Mary Rose Eakes
1: Kelsey Schultz

2nd Varsity 4
C: Meaghan Kuzmich
4: Jennifer Smisek
3: Chelsea Holt-Bates
2: Ally Franken
1: Hayley Harvey

3rd Varsity 8
C: Courtney Faucett
8: Emily Elliott
7: Lindsey Schmeidler
6: Allison Tuxhorn
5: Beth DeMars
4: Natasha VanGundy
3: Hannah Frith
2: Regan Bartels
1: Emily Stec

4th Varsity 8
C: Rachael Plotas
8: Marissa Butrum
7: Madi Tuxhorn
6: Maddie Petersen
5: Rebekah Raetzel
4: Katie Mulich
3: Leslie Geist
2: Kelsey Eagleman
1: Kelsey Harlow