K-State Rowing Medals at SIRAs

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State rowing team chalked up another weekend of racing in the Southern IRAs this Saturday and Sunday. The Wildcats’ first day of competition advanced two boats into grand finals, and their final day of racing brought home a gold and bronze from Oak Ridge, Tenn.


On Saturday, K-State’s most notable performances came in the first Novice and first Varsity 8+ races, earning spots in their respective grand finals. The Varsity 8+ won its heat in 6:42.90 besting crews from Purdue, Kansas, Alabama, Oklahoma and Jacksonville.


In Sunday’s races, K-State’s second Novice 8+ came out on top with a gold medal. Their performance was followed by the first Novice event in which the Wildcats claimed the bronze. The first Varsity 8+ missed the podium by a narrow margin of two seats, a disappointing finish after posting Saturday’s top time.


Coach Patrick Sweeney commented the novices brought in good results for the Wildcats despite not putting together the crew’s best race. He added the group is strong but is lacking consistency.


The Wildcats will take to the water next in two weeks for the Big 12 Conference Championship on Wyandotte County Lake.