K-State Novice 8 Crew Wins at Des Moines

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State women's rowing team opened its fall season at the Head of the Des Moines on Saturday and came away with gold for the Wildcats. The Novice 8+ crew tallied K-State's first win of the season with a dominating margin of victory of nearly four minutes.

The crew of Riley Hicks, Bethany Johnson, Justine Walsh, Morrisa Rumage, Adria Ley, Danielle Glynn, Tricia Walker and Brittany Leathers steered by coxswain Kaitlyn Arrow finished the 4.6K course on the Des Moines River in 18:56 besting the crew from Nebraska by 3:50.

In the Varsity 4+ competition, K-State had six boats racing with the K-State B crew finishing third in 19:05 just two seconds behind the second-place Iowa crew. The other Wildcat crews took places eight through 12 as well in the collegiate division.

K-State had four crews race in the Collegiate 8+ with the leading Wildcat boat finishing third with a time of 17:07. The Wildcats also finished with crews in fourth, fifth and sixth place.

Head Coach Patrick Sweeney noted the increased number of Wildcat entries indicates the team is headed in the right direction. He added Saturday's performance also showed the inexperience of the young team. He and his staff will use the remainder of the fall season to refine technical skills and prepare the team to make the most of their next appearance on the racecourse.

The Wildcats will return to the water on October 10 as they take on in-state rival Kansas in the Sunflower Showdown at Tuttle Creek Lake in Manhattan.

Results and Crews

Collegiate 8+
Iowa A 16:03
Iowa B 16:37
K-State A 17:07
K-State B 18:01
K-State C 18:18
K-State D 18:38

Crews
A: Weatherly Butler (cox), Anna Young, Nicole Vogt, Traci Smiley, Hannah Wiltfong, Christa Bowman, Amanda Weishaar, Melissa Steen, Kylie Hanson
B: Whitley Jackson (cox), Jayci McKenney, Heather Crichton, Nicole Burdiek, Ali Peters, Jackie Swab, Casey Bell, Sierra Cuda, Paula Wortman
C: Chelsey Mueller (cox), Amanda Keim, Diane Creviston, Alyssa Sams, Sarah Yocum, Melanie Rogers, Michele Rickner, Stephanie Carr, Michelle Bergman
D: Samantha McCloud (cox), Riley Hicks, Bethany Johnson, Justine Walsh, Morrisa Rumage, Adria Ley, Danielle Glynn, Tricia Walker, Kaitlyn Saathoff

Novice 8+
1st: K-State 18:56

Crew: Kaitlyn Arrow (cox), Riley Hicks, Bethany Johnson, Justine Walsh, Morrisa Rumage, Adira Ley, Danielle Glynn, Tricia Walker, Brittany Leathers

Collegiate 4+
3rd: K-State B 19:05
8th: K-State C 20:05
9th: K-State A 20:11
10th: K-State E 20:24
11th: K-State D 20:51
12th: K-State F 21:27

Crews
A: Weatherly Butler (cox), Anna Young, Nicole Vogt, Melissa Steen, Kylie Hanson
B: Whitley Jackson (cox), Christa Bowman, Hannah Wiltfong, Traci Smiley, Amanda Weishaar
C: Chelsey Mueller (cox), Jayci McKenney, Heather Crichton, Sierra Cuda, Paula Wortman
D: Kaitlyn Arrow (cox), Nicole Burdiek, Ali Peters, Jackie Swab, Casey Bell
E: Elizabeth Bervert (cox), Amanda Keim, Diane Creviston, Stephanie Carr, Michelle Bergman
F: Samanta McCloud (cox), Alyssa Sams, Sarah Yocum, Melanie Rogers, Sarah Murdoch

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