San Diego Crew Classic Comes To A Close For Wildcats

SAN DIEGO, Calif. A technical error cost the Kansas State women’s rowing team from a top finish in the grand final of the Women’s Cal Cup race on the final day of the San Diego Crew Classic held Sunday on Mission Bay.

With the First Varsity Eight crew of Stephanie Black (cox), Magda Hart, Kaci Williams, Morgan Steele, Larissa Kesler, Danielle Scott, Grace Riekenberg, Amy Wagner and Megan Hauver, the Wildcats had positioned themselves in third-place halfway through the race and made a push for first, when a technical error stopped the boat and the team finished in last with a time of 7:07.50. Their sixth-place finish in the race, however, marked the best finish for K-State since placing fourth at the nation’s largest multi-laned regatta in 2001-02.

“They were doing a great job with the difference in the lanes, moved into second and were just closing in on the first crew, when they caught a crab (blade goes under and stops the boat) and basically went from second to last,” Kansas State head coach Patrick Sweeney said. “It’s just one of those things that happens and with a young crew, it tends to happen more. It’s disappointing, but the good thing is that we were racing well and going for it.

“The overall results were definitely better than last year. It could have been better, but we really put ourselves in a position to win today (in the Women’s Cal Cup race). You learn from each race and the big thing about racing this weekend is that it prepares us for our regional championships in the coming weeks.”

Pitted against top crews from Oregon State, Tennessee and Notre Dame in the petite final of the Women’s JV8 event, K-State’s Second Varsity Eight squad finished in sixth with a time of 7:16.28.

"Today the Second Varsity Eight had a bit of a frustrating race, they had good power and focus but they just lacked a bit of rhythm," Assistant Coach Paula Donald said. "They were in the race all the way down and then, with about 300 meters to go, the rest of the field stepped it up and we did not, which was the difference. Overall for the weekend, the 2V8+ accomplished a lot and continues to learn how to really compete."

K-State will next host in-state rival Kansas in head-to-head competition for the Kansas Cup on Saturday, April 9 at Tuttle Creek Lake Reservoir in Manhattan, Kan. The first race scheduled between the Wildcats and Jayhawks is slated to begin at 9 a.m.

April 2-3, 2005
Mission Bay
at San Diego, Calif.

WOMEN’S CAL CUP (Grand Final)
1, San Diego State, 6:52.4, 2, Central Florida, 6:54.25, 3, Sacramento State, 6:54.76, 4, Miami (Fla.), 6:56.92, 5, UC Davis, 6:57.47, 6, Kansas State, 7:07.50.

WOMEN’S JV8 (Petite Final)
1, Oregon State, 7:04.5, 2, Tennessee, 7:07.35, 3, Notre Dame, 7:11.55, 4, Miami (Fla.), 7:12.53, 5, Sacramento State, 7:13.63, 6, Kansas State, 7:16.28.