Wildcats Varsity Rowing Slows Tide

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State rowing team opened its spring sprint season with two wins over Alabama on Tuesday. The Wildcats defeated the Crimson Tide in the First Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ races and finished second to Alabama in three other duels on the day.
K-State rolled Alabama in the Varsity 8+ race with a time of 5:35.9 to beat the Crimson Tide by nearly six seconds. The Wildcats crossed the line in a shorter margin in the Varsity 4+ winning by four-tenths of a second with a time of 7:00.4.

In the Varsity 8+ event, K-State led from the start, held a steady pace at 34 strokes per minute through the body of the race, and impressively opened up clear water in the final quarter of the course.

The Varsity 4+ also got an early lead against a tenacious Alabama crew. The Crimson Tide's sprint put the 'Cats under pressure in the last 200 meters, but K-State kept its cool and finished first.

K-State's three novice boats performed well in their first career sprint racing action against a more experienced opponent and the coaching staff expects them to progress rapidly.

The Novice 8+ finished in 6:04.5, and the Wildcats fielded two boats in the Novice 4+ event placing second and third. The Wildcats' Second Varsity 8+ finished behind Alabama with a time of 6:35.3.

K-State travels to Austin to compete in the Longhorn Invitational this weekend over three days on Lady Bird Lake.



First Varsity 8+ - 1. Kansas State 5:35.9, 2. Alabama 5:40.5

Second Varsity 8+ - 1. Alabama 6:21.35, 2. Kansas State 6:35.3

Varsity 4+ - 1. Kansas State 7:00.4, 2. Alabama 7:00.8, 3. Alabama 7:07.7


Novice 8+ - 1. Alabama 5:59.6, 2. Kansas State 6:04.5

Novice 4+ - 1. Alabama 6:43.2, 2. Kansas State 6:55.9, 3. Kansas State 7:24.8