1st Varsity 8 Earns C-USA Boat of the Week

Hanna Wiltfong

April 27, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – With the Kansas Cup on the line going into the final event, the Kansas State 1st Varsity 8 came up with a dominant win over rival Kansas to reclaim the Kansas Cup over the Jayhawks. That group was recognized by Conference USA as the Boat of the Week for its efforts in securing the win over KU in the Kansas Cup.

The Wildcats had won five straight Kansas Cups before losing to KU last season, and this year’s regatta came down to the last race. The Wildcats took over the race early after the Jayhawks opened strong, but K-State was too much getting the win by 11.1 seconds. The Kansas Cup is hosted annually by the Jayhawks and pits the two rivals against each other in a series of races with point value assigned to each race. K-State claimed the trophy this season by the score of 13-6 after winning the 2nd Varsity 8 (5 points) and the 1st Varsity 8 (8 points).

Members of the 1st Varsity 8
Coxswain: Weatherly Butler
Stroke: Christa Bowman
7: Hanna Wiltfong
6: Adria Ley
5: Amanda Weishaar
4: Allison Dorau
3: Anna Young
2: Traci Smiley
B: Ali Peters