K-State 1V Rowing Defeats Texas at Big 12s

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State rowing team battled its way to its best finish against Big 12 competition at the inaugural Big 12 Conference Championship. The Wildcats claimed silver in the team championship trailing Texas by just three points and came up with a win over the Longhorns in the biggest race of the championship.


K-State tallied 48 points and dominated the day’s biggest race in the First Varsity 8+, despite unusual circumstances. At the beginning of the event, K-State came off the stake boat with a fast start, gaining half a boat length lead over the field by the 750-meter mark. However, the race was called to a halt by an umpire who felt one of the lanes had an unfair advantage due to a wake. All three first varsity boats were sent back to re-start the race.


Having already expended themselves on the start, the Wildcats came off the second start behind their competitors off the line but inched their way back even with the leading Texas boat by the 750-meter mark.


The Wildcats steadily increased their lead over the rest of the course, finishing nearly 10 seconds ahead of the Longhorns and earning 27 points in to most valuable race of the day. K-State crossed the line in 6:44.4 to defeat Texas finishing in 6:53.8.


Coach Patrick Sweeney said he was very pleased with the First Varsity’s effort. He added he would have liked to see how his team had finished the initial race before the stoppage, but was impressed by the mental as well as physical toughness shown by his Wildcats in getting the job done despite the adversity of a re-start.


The Wildcats finished second in the First Novice 8+, falling to Oklahoma. Sweeney said it was good to see the younger rowers put together a solid race as well, completing the course with technical proficiency that evidenced their progress this season.


K-State was edged out by Texas in the Varsity 4+ race by 0.4 seconds helping provide the Longhorns with the cushion to hold off the comeback attempt by the Wildcats in the final race of the day.


Sweeney said the overall performance of the team was a feather in the cap for the seniors, especially being the culmination of their years of dedication to the team. He said it highlights their effort and is an indication for the younger rowers that future successes can come to K-State rowing if they follow in the same path as the First Varsity.


The strong showing of the Wildcats could serve as momentum heading into the NCAA Central Regional in two weeks where K-State will take on a number of strong crews in Oak Ridge, Tenn.



Second Novice Eight
1. Texas 7:07.8  3 pts
2. Oklahoma 7:21.3
3. Kansas 7:36.6  2 pts
4. Kansas State 7:42.5  1 pt

First Novice Eight
1. Oklahoma 6:51.4
2. Kansas State 6:57.6  5 pts
3. Texas 6:59.3  4 pts
4. Kansas 7:09.7  3 pts

Varsity Four
1. Oklahoma 7:24.6
2. Kansas 7:36.4  7 pts
3. Texas 7:41.2  6 pts
4. Kansas State  7:41.6 5 pts

Second Varsity Eight
1. Texas 6:50.2  14 pts
2. Kansas 6:56.5  12 pts
3. Kansas State 7:22.0  10 pts

First Varsity Eight
1. Kansas State 6:44.4  27 pts
2. Texas 6:53.8  24 pts
3. Kansas 7:05.3 21 pts

1. Texas 51 Points
2. Kansas State 48 Points
3. Kansas 45 Points