K-State Rowing Pulls Strong at Regional

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. -- The Kansas State rowing team took to the waters in the Central Regional on Saturday with the First Varsity 8+ advancing to the Petite Final.

The First Varsity 8+ put together a strong race, beating Indiana by nearly eight seconds after being beaten by the same crew four weeks ago at the Southern IRAs. The Wildcats completed the 2,000 meter course in 6:38.61 to finish third in its preliminary heat and advance to the A/B semifinal in the afternoon session.

K-State’s Second Varsity 8+ and First Novice 8+ each had some technical mistakes in the morning races costing them higher rankings in their division. In the afternoon, however, the Second Varsity 8+ recovered to make a stronger showing in the C/D semifinal, securing a place in Sunday’s C final.

In the First Varsity semifinal the Wildcats rowed conservatively, easily finding a place in tomorrow’s Petite final and saving energy for the last race of the season.

The Regional competition continues on Sunday with the finals with racing commencing at 9 a.m. K-State’s first race will be the Novice 8+ C final at 9:40 a.m. followed by the Varsity 4+ C final at 9:50 a.m. The Second Varsity 8+ will compete at 10 a.m., and Wildcats will close their season with the First Varsity 8+ at 11:40 a.m. in the Petite finial.

Novice 8+ Preliminary: 6:58.04, 5th place in heat
Varsity 4+ Preliminary: 4th in heat 7:56.18
Second Varsity 8+ Preliminary: 5th in heat 7:05.97; advance C/D semifinal
First Varsity 8+ : Preliminary: 3rd in heat 6:38.61; advance A/B semifinal
Second Varsity 8+ C/D Semifinal: 2nd in heat 6:45.21; advance to C final
First Varsity 8+ A/B Semifinal: 6th in heat 6:43.3; advance to Petite final