Novice Eight Wins NCAA Central Region Title

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Kansas State women’s rowing team won the Central Region crown in the Novice Eight Grand Final at the 2007 NCAA Central/South Region Sprints at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

 

K-State’s Novice Eight, racing in the programs first ever Grand Final at Central Regionals, crossed the finish line eight seconds behind first place Virginia (South Region Champions). K-State was able to hold off aggressive charges from fellow Central region teams Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Notre Dame.

Right from the start K-State showed their strength, as within the first 300-meters the Cats, alongside Virginia, pulled ahead of the rest of the field.  The Wildcats battled with Virginia, staying level with the Cavaliers all the way through the first 1000-meters.  The experienced Virginia crew was able to creep away from the Wildcats in the third 500-meters. Determination and a great collective effort by the K-State Crew held off the hard-charging Big 10 trio of Michigan, Wisconsin and Michigan State.  The Wildcats crossed the tape two seconds ahead of Michigan, improving their margin of victory over the Wolverines from yesterdays Semifinals.

 

“It was good to see our home grown athletes perform great at this level,” said head coach Patrick Sweeney.  “They handled the pressure and the experienced opposition really well. This experience and success should bring much fight to our young team next season.”


The K-State Novice lineup was: coxn Kilah Bond, Jessica Layden, Liz Walter, Kris Richman, Nicole Vogt, Danna Davidson, Kate Dillon, Kylie Hanson and Lanee Webb.


The Wildcats’ 1V8+ raced in the D Final, racing to the fourth position.


The Second Varsity Eight competed in the C Final against Iowa, Indiana, Miami and conference foes Kansas and Texas.  K-State defeated their in state rival by 12 second and crossed the line two spots ahead of the Jayhawks.  The Wildcats raced tough in a tight pack the entire length of the race course. K-state finished fourth with a strong sprint to pull away from Miami.


K-State says farewell to six seniors:  Rachel Freeman, Alexis Johnson, Danielle Scott, Elise vander Putten, Amy Wagner and Kaci Williams.  However with a good core of returning youngsters the Wildcats look to build on this year’s success. The 2007-08 season kicks off with K-State racing at the Head of the Des Moines on Sept 29, 2007.

 

NCAA CENTRAL/SOUTH REGION SPRINTS RESULTS

Sunday, May 13

First Varsity 8+ (D Final): 1. Cincinnati (6:56.00), 2. Eastern Michigan (6:58.71), 3. SMU (6:59.51), 4. Kansas State (7:03.36), 5. Murray State (7:05.66)

Second Varsity 8+ (C Final): 1. Iowa (6:55.50), 2. Texas (6:58.35), 3. Indiana (7:01.71), 4. Kansas State (7:03.40), 5. Miami (7:04.25), 6. Kansas (7:15.78)

Novice 8+ (Grand Final): 1. Virginia (6:51.90), 2. Kansas State (7:00.30), 3. Michigan (7:02.31), 4. Wisconsin (7:05.09), 5. Michigan State (7:05.62), 6. Notre Dame (7:07.96)