Rowing Opens Fall Season

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State women's rowing team will open the 2006 fall season at the Head of the Oklahoma Regatta hosted by the Oklahoma City University.  The third annual event will be held on Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Oklahoma City.

K-State will take on teams from across the nation, including Louisville, Kansas and Texas. The highlight of this year's event is the introduction of night racing on the Oklahoma River.  The 500 meter OG&E NightSprints will be held after the sun goes down as four 100 foot light arms extend over the river to light up the course.  The Head of the Oklahoma will be the first regatta in the United States to feature night racing.

"This event comes at a good time as a first break in the hard training of the Fall, and is a chance to see how we are working early in the year." said head coach Patrick Sweeney.  "It is also interesting to see how our new members handle racing situations for the first time."

The Wildcats are entered in three events: Collegiate Varsity 8+, Collegiate Novice 8+ and Collegiate Varsity 4+.  K-State will have three boats racing in Varsity 8+, four boats in Varsity 4+ and one boat in Novice 8+.  The top six finishers from the Varsity 4+ and Varsity 8+ races will advance to the 500 meter sprints, which will be held under lights.

Last year the Wildcats had a strong showing at the Head of the Oklahoma.  In the Varsity 8+ race K-State took home 4th and 6th places.  The KSU 1V8+ went on to edge Texas to take the victory in the 400meter Super Sprints.  Kansas State also claimed gold in the Novice 8+ race in 2005.

For more information on the event please visit www.headoftheoklahoma.com.  Complete results will be posted at www.row2k.com.