Wildcats Ready for Longhorn Invitational

March 14, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State rowing team continues its spring sprint season this weekend with three days of racing at the Longhorn Invitational. Action is set to begin Friday evening on Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas, with the Wildcats taking on some of the top teams in the nation.

This weekend’s racing will have a similar format to last week’s OU Invitational with teams going head-to-head in multiple boats before moving on to race another opponent. Last week the Wildcats tallied a total of eight race wins over three days of competition. K-State is set to take on host Texas on Friday evening to start the regatta.

K-State will again race five boats in Texas with the 1st Varsity 8 leading the way after two wins under their belt tallied last weekend. Head Coach Patrick Sweeney said the younger crews are showing promise and competitiveness as well.
“Coming off last weekend, our aim at the Longhorn Invitational will be to continue looking at various lineups under a tougher racing scenario,” Sweeney said. “Texas will probably be ranked in the Top 10 and UCF and San Diego are quick.”

The last two years at the Longhorn Invitational, all the squads have had to battle the weather with high winds creating less favorable rowing conditions on the water.

“We need good races to make our final decisions on lineups so that we can get down to business over spring break and consolidate the crews into units that work together well.”

The Longhorn Invitational will be televised this year on a tape delayed basis on the Longhorn Network. LHN is planning on airing every race of this year’s regatta with four three-hour shows, one for each racing session. A date has not been set at this time for the airing and will be announced at a later time.