Wildcats Ready for SIRAs in Tennessee

Amanda Weishaar

April 14, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State rowing team looks to build off its strong showings two weeks ago in the San Diego Crew Classic with more impressive performances at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta this Saturday and Sunday. The Wildcats will take to the water again to face some top teams in the nation on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

“Coming off of our successes in San Diego two weeks ago, this coming weekend will be interesting,” head coach Pat Sweeney said. “We will see Alabama and Tulsa again, giving us a good indication of how much progress we’ve made in just two weeks between races with training and lineup adjustments.”

Sweeney added the 1st Varsity 8 has trained well over the last two weeks and appears ready to have another solid performance in Tennessee. It also will be a good chance to gauge changes made in other boats.

“If they produce their race plan as confidently as they’ve done in practice, they will see a definite improvement in their speed,” Sweeney said. “The 2nd Varsity we’re trying a lineup similar to one that worked well during our spring break training but has not been proven under race conditions. Our Novice 8 has used the past two weeks to sharpen their race execution skills and we look forward to a race situation to test their improvement. This event will also be a good trial opportunity for our new Varsity 4 lineup as well.”

K-State will take on fellow Conference USA foes Tulsa, Alabama and Tennessee in the Women’s Novice 8 race along with Jacksonville and Purdue. In the Women’s JV/3V 8 competition, K-State will see Purdue, Tulsa and Alabama along with another C-USA member in SMU.

The largest field the Wildcats will be racing against will be in the Women’s Varsity 4 with 10 boats looking for the win. K-State will be up against Clemson, Georgia Tech, James Madison, Nova Southeastern, Purdue, SMU, Tulsa, Alabama and Tennessee. Finally, in the Women’s Varsity 8 the Wildcats will be up against Jacksonville, Purdue, SMU, Tulsa and Alabama.

Following the two days of action on Melton Hill Lake, the Wildcats will return home to prepare to take on in-state rival Kansas on April 23 in the annual Kansas Cup hosted by the Jayhawks. Last season, KU edged out a close win over the Wildcats to reclaim the cup for the first time in five years.