K-State Rowing Ready for Big 12 Championship

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State rowing team is headed to Oklahoma this weekend for the Big 12 Championship and looks to race with a vendetta. The Wildcats will take to the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City as they will face Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas in five races.

Last season K-State won the 1st Varsity 8 race holding off the Longhorns, but it was Texas that claimed the team title with 51 points outscoring K-State by just three. This year, the Wildcats will have to fight hard to stay up front with the favored Texas crews.

Head Coach Patrick Sweeney said he looks forward to racing several new combinations of rowers at the Big 12 Championship.

"The name of the game at this regatta will be to see how close we can get to Texas," Sweeney said. "Hopefully we can take out some Oklahoma and KU competitors along the way."

Another area to watch closely will be the time margins against Kansas in the 2nd Varsity 8, Varsity 4, and Novice 8 races in comparison to results from the Kansas Cup earlier this season. K-State looks to reverse a few of those outcomes as new different lineups will be racing these boats. This regatta also will be a stepping stone in racing experience toward a stronger Wildcat future.

The Big 12 Championship is structured with all five races holding point values based on finish. Varsity races are more valuable than Novice races, and a champion will be determined by most points scored over the five races. The first race is scheduled for 9:20 a.m. when the 2nd Novice 8 crews will get the action started. The final race is set for 10:40 a.m. when a champion will be crowned.

Fans are encouraged to park across the street from Chesapeake Boathouse on Sixth Street in Oklahoma City. Results will be available at soonersports.com and on the Oklahoma rowing team's Twitter feed www.twitter.com/soonerrowing.

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