Novice Boats Open Strong in Oklahoma

Oct. 9, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Kansas State rowing team opened its fall season at the Head of the Oklahoma on Saturday with the Novice 8 crews showing strength on the water. The young Wildcats finished second and third in the Women’s Collegiate Novice 8 competition earning the praise of head coach Patrick Sweeney.

“With the Novice boats finishing second and third, we’re really pleased with where they wound up,” Sweeney said. “I’m really pleased with how the Varsity boats rowed because what we’ve been trying to teach them the past six weeks is rowing with good power and length. They were under-rating the opposition by a few beats, but they rowed really well. We’re trying to apply greater power and it looks like it’s working quite well.”

The Wildcats fielded four boats in the Women’s Collegiate 8 competition with K-State’s 1st Varsity 8 finishing 10th with a time of 14:51.865 clocking in just a few seconds behind Texas at the finish line. K-State also saw a 10th-place finish from its 1st Varsity 4 in the Women’s Collegiate 4 races. The Wildcats clocked 16:10.392 in their event and were neck-and-neck with Tulsa finishing ahead of the Golden Hurricane by less than a second.

Sweeney said the competition was good for his Wildcats. Being able to keep pace with some of the boats in the conference at a lower stroke rate is evidence the crews are starting to implement the more powerful strokes the coaching staff has been coaching toward, he added. Now it is time to get back to improving in practice to take on in-state rival Kansas in the annual Sunflower Showdown in two weeks at Tuttle Creek Lake.

 “What we will try to do in practice now is try to be a little bit sharper. We’ve got to practice a sprint start and just clean up a few things,” Sweeney said. “For the younger crews the key is to not make mistakes. They still need to learn to focus a bit better. I think that’s one of the hardest things to learn when you’re inexperienced is to hold onto your focus and think about what you’re doing technically. It’s been six weeks since we started school and they’ve learned. I think that bodes well for this spring. All the girls are going to have to train harder and dig deeper, and I think we could have a good spring season.”

The Sunflower Showdown is set for a 9 a.m. start at Tuttle Creek Lake. There is new parking and seating arrangements at the lake this season that will be announced the week of the event.

K-State Results
Women’s Collegiate 8
10th K-State A – 14:51.865
19th K-State B – 15:30.074
21st K-State D – 15:46.026
25th K-State C – 15:55.943

Women’s Collegiate 4
10th K-State A – 16:10.392
19th K-State B – 16:46.047
23rd K-State C – 17:01.037
26th K-State D – 17:34.174

Women’s Collegiate Novice/Frosh 8
2nd K-State A – 15:14.261
3rd K-State B – 16:10.981