Rowing Team Eyes Big 12 Championship

April 28, 2011

Big 12 Rowing Championship Central

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State rowing team returns to Kansas City this weekend to compete for a conference title at the Big 12 Rowing Championship. The Wildcats will take on Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas on Wyandotte County Lake on Saturday beginning at 9:40 a.m. in a series of six races with the conference crown on the line.

The last time the Big 12 Championship was in Kansas City, the Wildcats claimed the most important race of the competition winning in the 1st Varsity 8. This year the team is looking to improve its overall standing and continue the positive trend the Wildcats have shown all season.

“It will be interesting to see how the women handle the next few weeks,” K-State head coach Patrick Sweeney said. “The goal at this point in the season is to execute mental tenacity under the added pressures of preparing for final examinations in the classroom in addition to unfavorable training weather.”

Sweeney added that the Texas Longhorns are the team to beat this weekend and he hopes to see his team make it a challenge for the defending conference champions.

“Being realistic, Texas is favored to win again as they are already ranked in the top 15 in the country and will be vying for a berth in the NCAA Championship,” Sweeney said. “Our objective is to see how close we can get to them.”

Another area to watch closely will be the time margins against Kansas in the Varsity 4 and Novice 8 races in comparison to results from the Kansas Cup last week. K-State looks to reverse those outcomes as slightly altered lineups will be racing these boats. This regatta also will be a stepping stone in racing experience toward a stronger Wildcat future, Sweeney said.

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 9:40 a.m. when the 2nd Varsity 4 crews will get the action started. The final race is set for 11:20 a.m. when a champion will be crowned following the 1st Varsity 8 competition.

To get to the viewing area from Interstate 70, take I-435N to the North 93rd Street exit (Exit 18). Continue south on 93rd to the beach shelter at the lake. Parking is available at the regatta site. Results will be available at the Big 12 Rowing Championship Central page at kuathletics.com. Live results will also be posted on KU’s gameday Twitter feed @KUGameday.