Wildcats Ready for SIRAs in Tennessee

Nicole Stuckey

April 19, 2012

SIRA Race Schedule

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State rowing team is bringing confidence into this year's Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship this weekend after sweeping the Kansas Jayhawks a week ago. The Wildcats defeated their in-state rivals in five races to retain the Kansas Cup and build a head of steam heading into one of the biggest regattas of the season for the team where K-State will also test out a few minor tweaks to the crews.

"Even though the crews have been going well, we've made slight changes in the lineups to reflect the progress our younger athletes have made this season earning their way into the top 20 seats on the racing team," said K-State Head Coach Patrick Sweeney. "Our aim with these minor modifications is to see continued improvement in boat speed."

Action is set to start on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn., at 7:30 a.m. with the Men's Lightweight Novice 4 competition. The regatta welcomes men's and women's boats from both the club scene and collegiate rowing. A total of 20 different events will be contested, and the Wildcats will be racing in four of them.

K-State's first boat in action will be the Novice 8 with VCU, Georgia, Northwestern State and Florida in their heat. The Wildcats will start of the line at approximately 9 a.m. The 2nd Varsity 8 will be competing in the Women's Junior Varsity 8 competition and will take on the likes of George Washington, Nova Southeastern, Purdue and Central Oklahoma. The Varsity 4 crew must take on Florida State, Louisville, Miami and Georgia in its opening heat. K-State's 1st Varsity 8 crew finds itself up against Nova Southeastern, Purdue, Central Oklahoma and George Washington. The largest fields K-State will compete in at SIRA will be the Women's Varsity 8 with a total of 13 boats vying for the crown, and the Women's Varsity 4 with 10 crews competing.

The 1st Varsity 8 boat was named Conference USA Boat of the Week two weeks ago for its dominating performance against KU, and Sweeney is hoping to see another strong day on the water from all his crews.

"This is a good championship type regatta with some good crews entered against us," Sweeney said. "It gives us a chance to race three times over the weekend and continue to build the team in competitive experience.

Following the two days of action on Melton Hill Lake, the Wildcats will return home to prepare for the Big 12 Championship. This year's championship is in Oklahoma City on the Oklahoma River. The Wildcats will look to take on the Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners and Kansas Jayhawks before heading back to Tennessee for the Conference USA Championship in May.

K-State Boatings
C: Weatherly Butler
S: Traci Smiley
7: Hanna Wiltfong
6: Adria Ley
5: Anna Young
4: Allison Dorau
3: Amanda Weishaar
2: Nicole Burdiek
B: Ali Peters

C: Hillary Schartz
S: Aly Bronder
7: Emily Elliot
6: Megan Murray
5: Abby Weaver
4: Kris Smith
3: Danielle Glynn
2: Marissa Campbell
B: Hayley Harvey

C: Kaitlyn Arrow
S: Nicole Stuckey
3: Lauren Schumaker
2: Justine Walsh
B: Lea Hauldren

C: Myriah Smith
S: Jennifer Smisek
7: Lindsay Smith
6: Elizabeth DeMars
5: Lisa Angell
4: Lacey Reifschneider
3: Allison Tuxhorn
2: Ally Franken
B: Korinn Card