Rowers Head to NCAA Regionals

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State women’s rowing team will head to Oak Ridge, Tenn. to compete in the NCAA Central/South Region Sprints on May 12-13 at Melton Hill Lake.


Hosted by Aramark and the University of Tennessee, twenty-three teams from both regions including 13 from the Central Region will compete for the regional titles and the 2007 Aramark Cup.  The winners will also receive an automatic bid to the 2007 NCAA Championships and will return to Melton Hill Lake on May 25-27 for a chance at the national title.


The NCAA currently divides Division I women’s rowing programs into five different regions: South, Central, Mid-Atlantic, New England and West.  The Central and South Regions are comprised of squads from Florida in the South to Virginia in the East and Kansas in the Central to Minnesota in the North.


Nine of this weekend’s opponents Varsity Eight boats are ranked in the national top-20 including five in the Central Region and four from South Region.  The Wildcats will compete against No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 5 Virginia, No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Minnesota, No. 12 Ohio State, No. 11 UCF, No. 13 Michigan State, No. 17 Tennessee and No. 19 Louisville.


The Wildcats are entered in three events: Novice Eight, Second Varsity Eight and First Varsity Eight.  The top-three finishers in each heat will advance to the A/B Semifinals while the fourth, fifth and sixth place finishers will race in the C/D Semifinals.  Top-three finishers from each of the A/B semifinals will advance to the Grand Final, while fourth-sixth advance to the Petite Final.  The top-three from each of the C/D semifinals will go to the C Final for places 13th-18th and the remaining boats go to the D Final for the 19th-21st positions.


Last season K-State tied for seventh in the Central Region standings as a team.  The Wildcats’ 1N8+ finished seventh in the Central Region, while 1V4+ also took seventh.  Both the 2V8+ and the 1V8+ advanced to the C Final.  The Second Varsity Eight finished seventh in the region and the First Varsity Eight claimed ninth.


Complete race results for the NCAA Central Regionals can be accessed at: or



Saturday, May 12

9:50 a.m. Novice 8+ (Heat 3): K-State, Eastern Michigan, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana

10:50 a.m. Second Varsity 8+ (Heat 1): K-State, Louisville, Virginia, UCF and Miami

11:40 a.m. First Varsity 8+ (Heat 2): K-State, Duke, Virginia, UCF, Miami and Murray State


2-4 p.m. Semifinals


Sunday, May 13

9 a.m.-Noon Finals