Wildcats Roll into San Diego Crew Classic After Victory

Hayley Harvey

April 3, 2013

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After defeating in-state rival Kansas in the Sunflower Showdown last weekend, the Kansas State rowing team is set to take on some of the top crews in the nation at one of the largest regattas on the West Coast. K-State is headed to the 40th San Diego Crew Classic for the Wildcats’ annual trip to Mission Bay for two days of racing.

K-State Head Coach Patrick Sweeney said he is looking forward to the San Diego Crew Classic again this year as the Wildcats have had success recently. In 2011, the 1st Varsity 8 took bronze in the grand final. This year the Wildcats have had two solid performances leading into the San Diego Crew Classic at the Longhorn Invitational and Sunflower Showdown. Sweeney hopes to see his team continue building on those showings.

“Going into the second half of the season and looking ahead to the championships at the end of our schedule, this is our first go at multi-lane racing. It is not only a step up in quantity but also quality of opponents,” Sweeney said. “It will be a good learning experience for our young team.”

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 again feature more than 125 entries.

The Wildcats will send four boats to compete with the 1st Varsity 8 taking on the field again in the Cal Cup. In K-State’s heat will be San Diego, Loyola, St. Joseph’s, Bates, SMU and UC Davis. The race is set to start at 8:30 a.m. Pacific. There will be two heats with the top teams racing for the Cal Cup in the Grand Final on Sunday.
The 2nd Varsity 8 will race for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy and take on Cal, Wisonsin, Washington State, Iowa and SMU. The Hungness Trophy will have three initial heats before narrowing down to Grand and Petite Finals on Sunday.

K-State’s Novice 8 is 7-1 so far this spring and will row against UCLA, Washington State, San Diego, Iowa and Texas in its preliminary race for the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy. Three heats will be used to find qualifiers for the Grand Final.

The 1st Varsity 4 will be in the second heat of the Karen Plumleigh Courtney Cup taking on Washington, USC, Texas, Duke, San Diego and San Diego State.

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 social events associated with the Crew Classic can be found online at crewclassic.org.