Wildcats Ready for San Diego Crew Classic

Weatherly Butler

March 29, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. – After making large improvements two weeks ago at the Longhorn Invitational, the Kansas State rowing team is headed to the West Coast for the 39th San Diego Crew Classic. The Wildcats will make their annual journey to Mission Bay for two days of rowing against some of the nation’s top crews again, including 2011 champion Southern California.

Each year the San Diego Crew Classic is considered among the premier regattas in America as it draws crews from the college, juniors and masters ranks. This year’s regatta will feature more than 125 entries and showcase some Olympic hopefuls during an exhibition.

K-State Head Coach Patrick Sweeney said he always looks forward to the San Diego Crew Classic because of its history of being one of the top events every year. This year he is looking for his Wildcats to build off of last year’s third-place finish in the Grand Final of the women’s SeaWorld Cup, the event’s top collegiate race.

“As usual, we are looking for continued progress from our crews at each level,” Sweeney said. “So far this season, the crews have improved each race. The Crew Classic ratchets up the intensity another notch or two. This weekend will be no room for error.”

The Wildcats will send three boats to compete with the 1st Varsity 8 taking on the field again in the SeaWorld Cup. In K-State’s heat will be Duke, San Diego, Gonzaga, Drexel, San Diego State and Fordham. The race is set to start at 8:10 a.m. Pacific.
The 2nd Varsity 8 will race for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy and take on Virginia, Washington, Texas, Tennessee, Duke and Tulsa in their heat Saturday. Virginia is currently ranked No. 1 in the latest CRCA/US Rowing Coaches Poll.

K-State’s Novice 8 is again set to compete for the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy. San Diego, Saint Mary’s, Washington State, Oregon State, Washington and Texas will be in the Wildcats’ heat.

Following the initial heats in each event Saturday, teams will advance to various levels of semifinal and final heats depending on their finishes in each race. This year, fans can again follow the action on the internet through the San Diego Crew Classic’s Twitter handle @crewclassic. Live video also will be available at crewclassic.org/video for fans wanting to watch the races live on the water. More information on parking, tickets and other events associated with the Crew Classic can be found online at crewclassic.org.

San Diego Crew Classic K-State Schedule (times Pacific)
8:10 a.m.: 1st Varsity 8
10:40 a.m.: 2nd Varsity 8
11:30 a.m.: 1st Novice 8

Sunday: TBD

K-State Boats
1st Varsity 8
C: Weatherly Butler
S: Traci Smiley
7: Hanna Wiltfong
6: Adria Ley
5: Anna Young
4: Allison Dorau
3: Nicole Burdiek
2: Aly Bronder
B: Ali Peters

2nd Varsity 8
C: Hillary Schartz
S: Emily Elliott
7: Danielle Glynn
6: Kris Smith
5: Brittany Leathers
4: Amanda Weishaar
3: Justine Walsh
2: Hayley Harvey
B: Marissa Campbell

Novice 8
C: Kynsey Creel
S: Jennifer Smisek
7: Lindsay Smith
6: Meggie Murray
5: Abby Weaver
4: Lisa Angell
3: Beth DeMars
2: Allison Truxhorn
B: Ally Franken