K-State Closes Season

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The Kansas State rowing team finished its season this weekend at the Aramark South/Central Regional and Conference USA Championship highlighted by the Varsity 4's placement in the C Final.

The Wildcats finished 10th overall in the Central Regional on the water at Melton Hill Lake as K-State battled some of the top teams in the nation over two days of action. K-State participated in preliminaries on Saturday with four boats competing. The Wildcats went on to advance to two C Finals and two D Finals after prelims.

Head coach Patrick Sweeney said the season was a learning experience for his young team after losing a number of seniors from last year's team. He added that he is excited to continue working with this group of Wildcats and anxiously awaits next year to see how much more they can grow during the offseason.

"The team definitely has the potential to be highly competitive, but they must make a step up in training and mindset for the coming year," Sweeney said.

The Conference USA Championship was also held in conjunction with the South/Central Regional as the four Big 12 Conference schools and two SEC schools joined C-USA as rowing affiliates this spring. K-State finished ninth in the team standings with Tennessee winning the title.

In the inaugural C-USA Rowing Championship the conference gave post season awards with Tennessee sweeping Coach, Rower and Newcomer of the Year honors. K-State's Kris Richman was honored by the conference being named to the 2010 Rowing All-Conference USA Team.

Conference USA Championship Standings
1: Tennessee, 52
2: Central Florida, 44
3: Texas, 42
4: Oklahoma, 39
5: Tulsa, 26
6: Alabama, 25
7: Kansas, 21
8: SMU, 14
9: K-State, 7

K-State Boatings
1st Varsity 8+
C Whitley Jackson
8 Anna Young
7 Nicole Vogt
6 Kris Richman
5 Hanna Wiltfong
4 Nicole Burdiek
3 Amanda Weishaar
2 Traci Smiley
1 Ali Peters

2nd Varsity 8+
C Weatherly Butler
8 Jayci McKenney
7 Audrey Polifka
6 Adria Ley
5 Justine Walsh
4 Jackie Swab
3 Melissa Steen
2 Sierra Cuda
1 Kylie Hanson

1st Varsity 4+
C Chelsey Mueller
4 Amanda Keim
3 Melanie Rogers
2 Paula Wortman
1 Michelle Bergman

1st Novice 8+
C Kaitlyn Arrow
8 Nicole Stuckey
7 Brittany Leathers
6 Danielle Glynn
5 Morrisa Rumage
4 Bethany Johnson
3 Riley Hicks
2 Tricia Walker
1 Kaitlyn Saathoff

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