Wildcats Dominate Jayhawks on Water

Whitley Jackson

Oct. 23, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State Wildcats put together a dominating performance over its rival Kansas Jayhawks on Tuttle Creek Lake on Saturday winning the Sunflower Showdown by a final score of 17-3. K-State won four of the five races in commanding fashion en route to the win to close the fall season.

Head coach Patrick Sweeney said he was proud of how his team performed against KU and fought hard to get the wins.

"I think we performed well," Sweeney said. "The main thing that I am pleased with is that they executed their race plans, which is what we have been looking to do because this is still a young team with a lot of sophomores and juniors. Last year when they raced they tended not to produce their race plans. This year they are starting to do it, which is nice. This is nice to see going into winter break hopefully they will remember that when the spring comes along."

The Wildcats opened the event by claiming the 2nd Novice 8 race by nearly 28 seconds over Kansas to earn the first point toward the overall team score. K-State then dominated the 1st Novice 8 competition winning by nearly 31 seconds. KU's lone win came in the Varsity 4 race with the Jayhawks edging the Wildcats by eight seconds.

The domination continued in the Varsity 8 races with K-State crossing the line in 6:26.00 in the 2nd Varsity 8 competition to best KU by 12 seconds. The Wildcats closed the day on the water with its final strong finish clocking in at 6:20.85 in the 1st Varsity 8 to defeat Kansas by nearly 10 seconds.

Sweeney said his team has improved steadily throughout the fall season in competition and practice and part of that is due to the number of student-athletes putting in the hard work to get better every day, and he is looking forward to turning his attention to training for the spring season.

""The depth of the team is much better and that is one thing that we have been working on for a number of years now, get deeper and deeper, not just at the varsity but the second varsity, the next boat down, and the novice boats," Sweeney said. "We are starting to see the depth and strength coming through the team now.

"Now we have to get fitter. Get stronger," he continued. "Rowing is really known as a strength based sport and we need to get a lot stronger than we are. They are at a good level but we need to get a lot stronger. This time of the year you do not really get the sprint fitness but that is something you prepare for better coming into the spring, hopefully."

With the fall portion of the season coming to an end the Wildcats will focus on closing the semester strong in the classroom before getting back to the water for the spring schedule when K-State will open at the Longhorn Invitational in March.

Sunflower Showdown Results
2nd Novice 8 - 1 point
K-State 6:53.00
Kansas B 7:23.59
Kansas A 7:37.56

1st Novice 8 - 3 points
K-State 6:27.50
Kansas 6:58.35

Varsity 4 - 3 points
Kansas 7:39.59
K-State 7:47.10

2nd Varsity 8 - 5 points
K-State 6:26.00
Kansas 6:38.06

1st Varsity 8 - 8 points
K-State 6:20.85
Kansas 6:30.50

Final Score
Kansas 17
Kansas 3