Rowers Open Spring Season in Southern Waters

MANHATTAN, Kan. After sustaining four months of a merciless winter in Manhattan, Kan., the Kansas State rowing team will move towards a spring start in the South as the Wildcats open the season at the Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas. The eighth edition of the three-day event is slated for a Fri., March 21st start at Town Lake just west of the downtown area.


K-State will be facing such programs as Central Florida, Duke, Iowa and Wisconsin. The Badgers of Wisconsin are currently ranked No. 19 in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll, which ranks the top 20 squads in the nation. Central Florida and host Texas are two of 11 schools receiving votes in the poll.


“We have not had a lot of water time,” head coach Pat Sweeney said. “But in spite of that, all our crews are rowing quite well. I am rather pleased with our technique and fitness for this point of the season. It is good to see them rowing at this level with limited time on the water.”


The head-to-head competition against the four teams will begin for the Wildcats with match-ups against Duke on Fri., March 21st. K-State will then face Wisconsin on Saturday morning and Central Florida in the afternoon. Iowa and K-State will close competition on Sunday as the final races of the event.


During last year’s competition, KSU walked away with wins in the First Novice 8+ against four of the participating teams: Duke, Central Florida, Miami and Iowa. The victories marked the third-straight over Duke at the Longhorn Invitational as well as the second-consecutive versus Iowa and Miami.


“We are looking forward to seeing how we perform in racing with our young team,” Sweeney said. “It is great to be able to have four races in three days, to get that kind of experience. It will be a good chance for us to try out some different lineups and combinations, and see where we are at in relation to other teams.”


The regatta will mark the first outing since the Wildcats reclaimed the Sunflower Showdown crown on Nov. 10th in a dual with rival Kansas. K-State earned the title after sweeping the Jayhawks in the Varsity races, including a convincing 3 second win with the First Varsity 8+ boat.


A complete recap of the Longhorn Invitational will be posted at following the completion of each day’s races.


Longhorn Invitational Schedule


Friday, March 21 (races 4-6:30 p.m.)

Novice races:  K-State vs. Wisconsin

1V8 and 2V8:  K-State vs. Duke


Saturday, March 22 (races 8-10:30 a.m.)

All boats:  K-State vs. Wisconsin


Saturday, March 22 (races 4-6:30 p.m.)

1V8, 2V8, 1N8:  K-State vs. Central Florida

2N8:  K-State vs. Iowa


Sunday, March 23 (races 8-10:30 a.m.)

All boats:  K-State vs. Iowa