Wildcats Head West to San Diego Crew Classic

Rebecca Bohling

March 31, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State Wildcats will make their annual venture to the West Coast this weekend to compete in the San Diego Crew Classic, which is widely considered one of the premier spring regattas in America for rowers. The Crew Classic held in Mission Bay will again feature some of the top college crews as the Wildcats are set to compete in three events. Each year the Crew Classic welcomes crews from the college, juniors and masters ranks and this year will feature 90 races over the two days of action.

The 1st Varsity 8 will be competing in the Women’s Collegiate Varsity SeaWorld Cup with Stanford lightweight, San Diego State, Drexel, Loyola and Santa Clara in K-State’s heat. Stanford enters this weekend’s regatta as the No. 2-ranked lightweight crew in the nation.

K-State’s 2nd Varsity 8 will also take to the water in San Diego to compete for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy with other college teams. Racing with the Wildcats in their heat will be Washington, UCLA, Oregon State, Alabama, San Diego State and SMU. Washington and UCLA are both ranked in the CRCA/US Rowing Coaches Poll Top 20 as well.

The final boat in competition for K-State will be the 1st Novice 8 as the Wildcats will fight for the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy. Washington, Stanford, San Diego, UC Davis, OCC and Mills College will be in the Wildcats’ heat.

K-State head coach Patrick Sweeney said he is excited to get back on the water following the spring debut at the Longhorn Invitational. He anticipates both varsity crews to continue improving and hopes to see the novice crew pick up another racing format quickly after only competing in duals prior.

“The 1st Varsity 8 has made good use of their initial races at the Longhorn Invitational as well as our spring camp training,” Sweeney said. “I am sure they have increased in speed and expect to see them in the running for the grand final. The 2V has had more personnel and seating order changes. It would be nice to see this boat use the Crew Classic to solidify in preparation for SIRAs and Kansas in a few weeks.

“As always with the novices, one never knows exactly what to expect. Their objective is to get comfortable by soaking up as much experience as possible in their first encounter of the six-lane racing format.”

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 by following the San Diego Crew Classic’s Twitter feed twitter.com/crewclassic. Live video also will be available at crewclassic.org/video for fans wanting to watch the action on the water as it happens.

San Diego Crew Classic K-State Schedule (times Pacific)
8 a.m.: 1st Varsity 8
10:50 a.m.: 2nd Varsity 8
11:20 a.m.: 1st Novice 8